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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.

Read more.

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.

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.”

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“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.

League of Women Voters: The scoop on poop in Brookline

“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.”

Read more at Wicked Local Brookline.

 

 

#GotPoop: B.C. cities get creative

Red garbage dog waste recycling bins have become more common in municipalities across the British Columbia Lower Mainland in recent years, diverting tons of waste from landfills. But North Vancouver’s is arguably the catchiest approach, with its own dog-waste diversion social media hashtag — #GotPoop — as well as signage and a web page for what the municipality calls “the Poo Fairy.”

The city recently tweeted about a new online tool to find one of the roughly 30 bright red bins they’ve dropped in locations across the North Shore municipality. In a tweet that included the city’s own social media hashtag dedicated to the topic, it said the map could be used on residents’ phones to find where to stash their bagged doo.

Read more at The Star.

It’s not nuclear waste, guys!

Waste management companies have been playing hot potato with pet waste for decades. Agencies can’t agree on what to do with it. these organics are in the Twilight Zone of disposal management. Some conscientious government entities, companies and individuals, many mentioned at this site, are experimenting with their own solutions. Why is everyone worried about cigarette butts and plastic straws when we’re staring at a mountain of pet poo?

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!