How to Compost Pet Waste
Have you been considering composting your pet’s waste? Composting pet waste can be environmentally friendly and provide free, nutrient-rich, and surprisingly odor-free fertilizer for your plants. If you are wondering where to start, we have you covered!
Why is Pet Waste Such a Problem?
The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that an average dog will produce three quarters of a pound of waste per day. That is 274 pounds of waste per year. Obviously, the actual amount produced depends on the size of the dog, but it gives you an idea of how much waste can add up.
Most dog owners scoop up their dog’s waste, bag it up, and throw it in the trash. That a lot of dog poop that ends up in the landfill. Once the bag of dog poop winds up in the landfill, unless it is put in a highly rated biodegradable bag, it could not break down for years, if ever.
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If you were to let the dog poop decompose naturally in your yard or if you threw it into the brush somewhere out of the way, it could end up breaking down and running off into the sewer systems, streams, lakes, or rivers. When the excessive nutrients in pet waste end up in the water ways you get water contamination and algae blooms.
Composting pet waste can seem like a very daunting task. The two main concerns that most people have when starting out are odor and parasites. If you compost correctly neither will be an issue.
Compost containing pet waste has little to no odor. The compost that you make will lose all its smell because the individual molecules will break down into individual components.
One thing to consider is that you will composting only your pet’s waste. If your pet gets regular veterinary care and is treated for worms, the risk of parasites in your compost pile is minimal. High temperatures of up to 160° at the core of the compost pile will kill any potential pathogens. (PlanetNatural.com)
There are a few options for composting your pet’s waste. You can DIY compost in your yard, invest in an electric pet waste composter, or hire it out. Many states have yard cleaning services that will take your pet waste away to their off-site composters.
Compost In Your Yard
Composting in your yard may suit you if you have a large yard and can save grass clippings after mowing to provide nitrogen for your pile. You will also need access to some carbon rich items like dried leaves, wood chips, or sawdust. You layer your items, let your pile’s core temperature get high and turn the pile regularly until it stops heating up.
This will provide great fertilizer for plants and trees. Do not use compost with pet waste for gardens or in places where children might be digging or playing.
beyondGREEN’s Automatic Composter
beyondGREEN’s automatic pet waste composter safely brings pet waste composting to your home. The composter can be used indoors or outdoors and will produce fresh compost for your garden in as little as five days.
You can help to reduce greenhouse gasses, help keep our waterways clean, and help keep the air fresh, all while keeping pet waste out of our landfills. The composter will break down pet waste, yard waste, and food scraps to produce a high-nitrogen medium to help your trees and plants thrive. The automatic composter can speed up the composting process by as much as ten times over DIY composting.