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Pet waste contains beneficial plant nutrients that can replace chemical fertilizers

The author of a recent article in Pet Helpful says that dog waste should be composted, not put into a doggie septic tank; “it heats up enough to destroy pathogens and provides nutrients that can be utilized in your yard and under your trees. Composting dog waste also keeps tons of material being added to a landfill or sewer system that is already overwhelmed.

Here Dr. Mark explains how do you can correctly make a compost heap out of your dogs waste “without buying all of those things other sites are trying to sell you” and why you should do it.

Best Ways to Recycle and Compost Dog Waste for Free

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.

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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.

Holiday gift for eco-savvy pet people

With 83 million dogs and 96 million cats in the U.S. alone, pet waste is a serious problem, polluting land and waterways and contributing upwards of 10 million tons of material to landfills every year. For years we’ve been told not to recycle dog and cat waste. But the fact is that, with due diligence, there are many ways to take your pet to near zero waste by diverting his or her waste from landfills.

Now you can significantly reduce household waste by recycling dog and pet waste via The Pet Poo Pocket Guide: How to Compost and Recycle Pet Wastea must-read for pet owners concerned about the environmental impact of their best friend. This book offers step-by-step instructions for eight ways to recycle and practical advice on choosing which one is the best solution for you.

Are you ready to nudge pets much, much closer to net zero waste?  The Pocket Guide is now available at Earth Hero where you’ll find cool gifts and stocking stuffers to ease Fido’s carbon paw prints.

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.

Vancouver dog waste recycling RFPs due Sept. 17

As a result of a 2016 pilot project that diverted 110 tons of dog waste from eight parks, the City of Vancouver has requested recycling proposals to continue diverting this waste in the future.

Options include anaerobic digestion, composting and anaerobic digestion followed by composting.

The closing date for contract proposals is 17 September.

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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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How Edmonton turns your dog doodie 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.” 

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