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Zero waste pets in 2020

Hemp collars, aluminum food bowls, recycled fabric chew toys…these are all nice green gestures, but they won’t take your dog or cat to prime sustainability in the new year.

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 your pet’s waste via The Pet Poo 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 your pets much, much closer to net zero waste?  Order your copy of the Guide today!

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.

Here’s the scoop.

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.

Read more.

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.” 

Here’s the scoop.

Training facility for law enforcement dogs to compost dog waste

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.

Citizens News story

“…you can use dog poo as a sustainable source of fertiliser.”

“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.”

Read more.

“Holy crap! Dogs in the United States produce enough waste to fill 109 football fields 10 feet deep every year!

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.