How to Make Your Own Dog Waste Composter!
The Safest, Healthiest and Most Environmentally Friendly Way to Dispose of the Doo!
We recently moved to a cabin in the Mountains of NE Georgia and have a lot of land and a septic system, so dealing with the doo has become a big concern for us. We sure don't want to take our doo to the dump once a week and we sure don't want to fill up the landfill either!
While living in the city, we flushed our doo because it was the most environmentally friendly when living in the city with a city septic and waste treatment system. But now that we are in the country and have a septic system, we don't want to fill our septic tank with dog poop!
So we've decided to create our own dog waste composting system on the back side of our property. We've done our research and wanted to share all the info we learned with you!
Sit back and paw around a bit, bet you'll find this very interesting!
Photo courtesy of E. Carlson (1998). The photo is actually the Quetzlcoatl sculpture by Robert Graham located in San Jose, CA. (Some individuals say it looks like a pile of dog poop :).
Did you know?
A typical dog excretes three quarters of a pound of waste per day-or 274 pounds per year!
Why Reused Plastic and Biodegradable Bags Aren't the Answer to Reducing Landfill Waste.
Contrary to popular belief, biodegradable and reused plastic bags utilized to pick up and dispose of your dog's waste adds tons per year to landfills throughout the country.
The bags are collected along with other trash, dumped in the landfill, then more trash is dumped on top. These materials need to have access to all the elements; sun, wind and rain in order to biodegrade and breakdown; and they don't receive exposure to those elements in the landfill.
So the two best and most environmentally friendly ways of disposing of your dog's waste are:
- If you live in the city with a city water sewage and treatment system, flush the dog poop.
- If you live in the country utilize a dog waste composter. If you are in the far northern states, dig and bury the composting system as deep as possible; past the frost line in your particular area. If you are in the south, bury your composting system at least 36 inches deep. Just be aware that decomposing will not be as efficient (or even non-existent) in the Winter months than in the Spring, Summer and Fall months.
- When you travel, utilize those biodegradable dog waste bags, and dispose of them properly. It's at least more effective than non-biodegradable.
How to Make Your Own Dog Composting System!
Here are the instructions to make your own dog waste composting system.
- Locate a nice sunny open spot in the yard away from trees to keep the root system out.
- Find an old used trash can (holes and beat up are ok), and cut out the bottom of the trash can. Also drill holes in the side of the trash can 2/3 the way up the can.
- Dig a hole the circumference and depth of the trash can without the lid.
- Put the lid on the trash can for stability and then put the trash can down in the hole and backfill with dirt around the sides.
- Add about two inches of gravel (or broken rocks/bricks) into the bottom of the trash can hole.
- Just add poo, some dead leaves/grass clippings; and on occasion add some enzymes to help it break down more quickly.
Important things to keep in mind:
- These types of composters don't work well in northern states because of the higher frost line, they also don't work very well when the weather is below 40 degrees.
- Select a location away from your water well, or water supply; as well as free from potential tree rooting.
- An optional system is to add a five inch diameter pvc pipe to the lid, then bury the entire trash can and lid so that only the pvc pipe is exposed. Then add the waste and the enzymes through the opening.
How do you dispose of the dog doo?
In the City? Flush It!
In the Country? Compost!
A Great Instruction Video for Making Your Own Dog Waste Composting System!
Don't Have Time to Make a Composting System? Try the Doggie Dooley and Enzymes!
Doggie Dooley The Original In-Ground Dog Waste Disposal System, Black with Green Lid
The Doggie Dooley Toilet is like a miniature septic tank for your dog's waste. This easy-to-install pet waste disposal system utilizes enzyme and bacteria action to reduce your pet's waste to a ground-absorbing liquid
Doggie Dooley 3116 Waste Terminator, 1-Year Supply
Just add water and Doggie Dooley Super Digester Powder puts the power of harmless bacteria and enzymes to work breaking down dog waste into liquefied stools that leach into the soil.
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