“With this new initiative, we’re picking up the pace of our efforts to further reduce waste and harmful methane emissions,” said authority president B.J. Jones, referring to the greenhouse gas methane that’s released from organic waste slowly decomposing in landfills contributes to warming temperatures. Here’s the scoop.
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.
Following the lead of Scarborough’s successful program, Noordhoek will be launching new composting dog poo bins at the beach to ensure pet waste is managed responsibly. The bins are complete with waste-digesting worms, which city leaders believe are the best possible solution. Read more.
July 25, 2019 update.
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 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.
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.”
The Zoning Commission last month approved plans for a dog training facility and kennel in a Naugatuck, Connecticut industrial park.
The facility will hold up to a maximum of 300 dogs, and the dogs’ waste will be composted on site.
The commission approved the application with the condition that Black Rock Canines submits a map detailing the location of the proposed compost site and a detailed compost plan.
“If you live in an apartment and don’t have a garden or access to green waste, you can still compost dog poo and use the product. There are small compost bins commercially available for this purpose. Composted material from these can be used on your outdoor or indoor plants.
“And if you don’t have any indoor plants, then you should think about getting some, as they can cut down on ozone in the air and even reduce indoor pollution.”
And I imagine that we’re producing our fair share and then some in Boulder County, which has tens of thousands of dog owners.”
Read Kathleen Thumes’ article in The Lyons Recorder about EnviroWagg’s work composting dog waste in Colorado’s Boulder County, the need for standardized guidelines for recycling pet waste and the difference between “biodegradable” and “compostable” pick-up bags.
“Since the 1960s, the League of Women Voters, nationwide, has been at the forefront of efforts to protect air, land and water resources. How does this relate to dog ownership? Dogs reduce stress, provide lessons in care and responsibility for children, provide opportunities for daily exercise and are generally a loved member of any family they belong to. They do have their downside. They poop.
“A good option is composting your dog’s waste. The USDA has a free publication online entitled ‘Composting for Dog Waste.’ Use the compost for plants or lawns, but not for fruits or vegetables for human consumption. Keep tools and compost bins separate, as dog waste can transfer diseases to human beings.”