Red Deer in Alberta is among leading-edge cities collecting pet waste and litter along with its compostables. If all goes well, their two-year Green Cart pilot program will go city-wide in 2017. Will plastic bags be a problem? Not when residents follow city instructions: “Look for compostable bags – not biodegradable or degradable – certified with the BPI or Compostable logo. They can be found alongside garbage bags at most retailers.” And “good guys” GLAD Canada is providing corporate support by donating compostable bags to all pilot households.
One hundred seventy-nine million dogs and cats live in the U.S. That’s more than the number of people who called this place home in 1959. Back in the days of doo-wop, pets roamed free and did their business wherever. Outdoor cats buried their droppings discretely; we never saw it. Nobody cleaned up after dogs. Our job was to not step in it. Read more.
So you think you have household recycling covered?
If you recycle with due diligence, your weekly contribution to a truck headed for the landfill is probably small. Especially if you send putrescible waste – organic material such as leaves, branches, grass clippings and food scraps – back to nature.
Do you have a cat or a dog? Then you already know that their poop and litter can really add ballast to the weekly trash bag. Chances are good that this, ahem, organic material is a no-no even for composters.
“Every time I tell someone about my poop scooping business, their first questions is always ‘what do you do with it?’ When I answer ‘put it in the trash,’ it never sounds like the answer I want to really give.” Do you ever feel like that scooper? Join us at our upcoming book signing at the Tattered Cover at Aspen Grove in Littleton for some fun Q&A at our book signing event. The book? Why The Pet Poo Pocket Guide, of course.
Halifax and other nearby Canadian municipalities require residents to toss compostables into clear bags so that collectors ensure that items meet composting criteria. New rules ask Halifax clients to deposit pet waste loose or in small clear plastic bags. “This requirement rankles many Halifax dog owners because the municipality’s suggestion to use see-through poop bags such as baggies means they’re tossing non-biodegradable bags in the landfill.”
The search for the most environmentally friendly way to divert dog droppings from the landfill has led Metro Vancouver to test unusual solutions – including paying contractors to cut open every bag and taking contents to a sewage treatment plant. Parks managers are trying underground biodigestion bins and working with the University of British Columbia to determine whether worms will turn dog waste to vermicompost to use as a soil amendment for park plants. See the video!
University of Maine at Augusta professor says,”New in my family’s yard as of this fall is a pet-waste compost system made of a plastic bin with holes drilled in it sunk into the ground. This won’t be fertilizing our vegetable garden next season, but it will be fine for other plants. More importantly, the waste won’t be sitting in a plastic bag in a landfill.” Read more about how a group of professors and staff are taking part in a zero-waste challenge.
Cold and pouring rain didn’t discourage a full roster of runners and their four-legged friends from taking to the track at the Boulder Canine Classic. The annual event benefiting MESA was held at the Boulder Reservoir. Ecocycle provided recycling, Canine Campovers donated doggie pick-up services and Envirowagg provided compostable bags and dog poop composting services, making this a truly zero-waste event!
Committed dog park users are using compostable bags and separate bins to make the town’s new dog waste composting program a success. According to the Assistant Town Manager, dogs at Autrey Park have produced 500 lb. of waste, which Pet Scoop collected and delivered to EnviroWagg for processing into a safe soil amendment.
Recycled plastic bag? Compostable bag? Used shopping bag? What’s the earth friendly choice for picking up dog poo? EnviroWagg fielded questions about bags and do-it-yourself pet waste composting at the April 16 Adams County Planet Party in Brighton. EnviroWagg and Pet Scoop teamed up in 2013 to compost tons of dog waste produced by pooches at the Adams County Animal Shelter.