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Aussie dog lovers pull off a eco-friendly win-win

With the right know-how, dog poo can be recycled for compost (and even energy but we’ll leave that to intrepid scientists).

To explore this, and make a difference in their humble neck of the woods, an innovative group of dog lovers from Port Elliot, South Australia, recently teamed up with pet researcher Dr Janette Young from the University of South Australia.

The team devised a 12-week project to trial green waste collection at their local dog park, survey dog owner attitudes, behaviour and poo practices, and educate pet owners about compostable bags and home composting.

In collaboration with Alexandrina Council, compostable dog bag dispensers were installed at the park along with a dedicated poo bin, picked up weekly by a green organic truck. Thanks to the efforts of enthusiastic volunteers who weighed and counted the dog waste collected during the project, results were most encouraging.

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London, Ont. considers allowing dog waste in green bins

Four-legged Londoners just might be in luck.

After years of debate and a pandemic-driven delay to London’s green bin program, city hall is finally charging ahead – weighing up the options to build a curbside compost program in the largest Ontario city without one.

One of the key questions left to answer about the future green bin system is whether pet poop – which makes up a whopping 10 per cent of London’s trash – should be allowed in the compost.

Here’s the scoop.

Battery Park City: from zero thought to zero waste

When Ryan Torres, Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) assistant VP of Parks Operations, said, “We should compost the dog waste from the runs,” at an all-staff meeting, everyone was taken aback, but nobody was skeptical.

After the initial shock and disbelief, the proposal that Torres made last summer started making sense to the staff. The staff spent a week collecting data to back up her idea, so she came to the table prepared.

Here’s the scoop.

Home-compostable bags for do-it-yourselfers

This is Sven. His owner founded Little Green Dog, a company that manufactures home-compostable pick-up bags that are helping Auckland divert dog waste from landfills. Most compostable bags are only certified for commercial recycling.

Todd O’Hara says he wanted dog owners to have a truly green alternative to plastic bags.“They enable dog owners to go from zero thought to zero waste by being able to take control of their own waste cycle.”

Auckland Council’s Amenities and Infrastructure Maintenance (AIM) Service provider is convinced and is working with Little Green Dog on Waiheke to close the pet waste recycling loop.

Composting pilot program at Great Bark Dog Park in Lafayette, Colorado

The Lafayette Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department, in collaboration with the Lafayette Waste Reduction Committee, is pleased to announce the launch of a pilot dog waste composting program at the Great Bark Dog Park. Dog waste can be challenging for communities to deal with, and most of it ends up in landfills where it contributes to emissions from methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Nationwide, pet dogs produce over 10 million tons of poop each year, and Lafayette wants to do what we can to minimize our contribution. More to bark about.

Ottawa hopes more residents will use green carts if dog poop is accepted

Ottawa residents may begin dumping dog feces, cat litter and plastic bags filled with organic waste into their green bins starting on July 2, 2019. The inclusion of plastic bags and pet waste in the municipal composting program has been in the works for months, after the last city council approved the change in late March 2018.

The city hopes the change will incentivize more households to participate in the green bin program. Heavier use of green bins “will divert more organic materials from the landfill and significantly extend its life,” according to the municipality.

According to a study commissioned by the city, just over 60 per cent of respondents said they were more likely to use the green bins after plastic bags and dog waste were permitted.

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Earlier feature on Ottawa composting

A new  contract between the city and its waste hauler, Orgaworld, would include provisions for including dog waste and plastic in its residential green bin program. Items included in green bins are diverted from the landfill and streamed to the company’s compost site. The agreement states that diapers will still be sent to the dump. But that possibly doesn’t align with provincial plans, with Ontario eyeing a move to get diapers out of the regular waste stream as early as 2022. Read the full story.

How Edmonton turns dog waste into industrial-strength compost

For nearly a decade, the City of Edmonton has been turning dog poop into compost. With an estimated 150,000 dogs in the city, there’s a heap of the stuff to process.

“We process the cat poop a little bit differently, because it has different pathogens that are difficult to address,” said Jawad Farhad, general supervisor for organic processing and management. “But generally dog poop is much easier for us to deal with.”

“We are not the only ones who do this. A lot of municipalities do allow for the composting of dog poop.”

In Edmonton, once poop is placed in the trash, there is a “whole system of checks and balances” to make sure it stays out of the landfill, Farhad said.

“We want to divert as much waste as possible, whether it’s organic or non-organic,” he said. “Once it’s made safely into a compost, the nutrients can go back in the land and be put to good use.” 

Here’s the scoop.