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Saturday, February 24, 2018

It’s OK to Compost Pet Poo

Posted by admin on October 20, 2010

Just after my wife and I moved into our new house, my college aged daughter, who continued living with us while attending the local community college, decided she wanted a Siberian Husky.

I voiced my opposition to that idea. It’s not that I dislike pets….I love them. My main concern – and I made myself abundantly clear – was that I will not pick up poop. I do not do that. And further more, when I’m ready to mow the lawn, someone will have the lawn picked up clean so I don’t end up mowing through the stuff.

Of course, that was no problem for her. She promised that she would pay all the expenses – food, veterinary, etc. She assured us that she would take care of the dog, walk it, feed it, clean up after it……

Finally, she swore that when she moved out of the house, the dog would definitely go with her. There would be no way that she would leave without her pet.

We believed her. She got the dog.

Three years later, she lives in a small town an hour from us….with her husband…. in a small apartment that doesn’t allow pets….and we take care of her dog. In fact, we got another dog, a beagle, because we felt that the husky needed companionship during the day while we are away from the house.

I don’t mind taking care of my daughters husky, but it’s quite a guilt trip I endure when I have to force my wife to go pick up the dog poo every time I need to mow the lawn.

Worse yet, it just adds to the load of garbage that we have to take to the landfill.

I had never considered composting the poo. For all too long, I had been cautioned about composting pet manure, so we’ve been throwing it into plastic bags and hauling it to the landfill with all the rest of our trash.

Not only is that a lot of work, but it’s unnecessary.

After digging into the topic and doing a little research, I’ve discovered that composting pet poo is not such a problem. It is o.k. to compost pet poo.

Pet manure composting must be done with caution, though. It is advised that you do not use the compost anywhere near vegetable gardens. Harmful bacteria can be transferred to your veggies from the compost. It is, however, perfectly alright to use the compost in decorative flower gardens, lawns, and ornamental trees.

Here’s how you compost pet poop:

  1. Find an old plastic garbage container. (mine is the 30 gallon variety)
  2. Cut out the bottom and drill a few holes up and down the sides.
  3. Dig a hole in the ground (somewhere away from your vegetable garden) big enough to fit the garbage container inside
  4. Set the container inside the hole with enough of it sticking out of the ground a couple inches so that you can put a lid on the container
  5. Put some rock or gravel inside the container for drainage, about 6 to 8 inches deep
  6. Backfill around the sides of the container, put the lid on it, and you have yourself a dog poop composter.

Now you are ready to start shoveling in all the pet waste. Each time you shovel in a layer of poop, you should sprinkle in some septic starter to be sure the proper bacterial activity is happening.

That’s all there is to it.

Of course, for some, the home made composter may not be your thing.  If you prefer to have a system that is actually made for the job, try the Tumbleweed Pet Poo Poop Composter Converter.

Another option, instead of using a composter and septic starter, is to compost your pet poop in a worm bin style composter like the Worm Factory 360 WF360B Worm Composter along with some red wiggler composting worms.

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