How Do You Compost Dog Poo Bags?
Are Dog Poo Bags Bad For The Environment?
Why would you want to compost dog poo bags, anyway?
Dog poo is a contentious issue. You either hate it or you… no, you probably just hate it. Dog poo not only smells bad and gets all over your shoes, it’s an environmental hazard – it spreads campylobacter, tapeworms, and E.coli. Plus, it ends up in our water supply if left on the ground. Lovely!
Unfortunately, picking it up in a plastic bag and popping it in the nearest bin isn’t any better for the environment! Standard plastic poo bags end up in landfill, where they can take over 1,000 years to decompose. Only 9% of plastic is recycled.
Fortunately, we have a solution – and that solution is Compoost’Em! Compoost’Em Poo Bags are 100% natural and eco-friendly. They’re made from renewable raw material like corn starch which will completely biodegrade in only six months, right in your own back garden!
Can Dog Poo Go In The Compost?
Yes, so long as you do it the right way!
No matter what: dog poo absolutely, categorically, cannot be used on edible plants. The composting process won’t kill off all the bacteria in animal waste, meaning you’ll get a big helping of it with your garden peas – nice. It makes great compost for ornamental plants and flower beds, though!
Animal poo needs to be kept away from edible plants, water sources, and your regular compost pile, meaning your best option is a separate dog poo compost bin or digester. You can even make your own!
Some general safety tips:
- Always wear rubber gloves when handling animal waste and wash your hands afterwards.
- Keep tools and clothing used to handle animal waste separately.
- Do not use waste from unknown animals or animals with diseases.
- Do not allow children to play in recently composted areas.
You Will Need:
- Dog poo. Duh.
- Sawdust – one part sawdust to every two parts dog poo.
- A long thermometer.
- A spade or fork to turn the compost.
- A compost bin and something to cover it with.
How to Compost Dog Poo
You can either keep your dog waste and sawdust separate as you collect enough to start composting, or you can mix it as you go. Keeping it separate makes for a faster composting process but mixing it as you go will be less, uh, odorous. Your choice!
Once you’re ready to start composting, mix one part sawdust with two parts dog poo. Add water gradually until the mixture is as moist as a wrung-out sponge. You’ll want a pile about two to three feet high to begin the composting process.
As the microorganisms in the waste get to work, the compost mixture will begin to heat up. Make sure to cover the compost bin to keep heat in.
Turn the compost mixture thoroughly once a week, from the outside in. Monitor the temperature with your thermometer. Once your compost no longer heats up again after mixing, that means the process is complete – and your dog poo compost is ready to use!