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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

“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.

Progress on Colorado In-vessel dog waste compost tumbler

EnviroWagg is customizing a 40-ft. in-vessel tumbler to begin composting dog waste in an enclosed unit. We recently added a new auger and entry chute. An ALLU screening bucket recently arrived on site. This new equipment will break up compostable bags used at the dog parks and screen out any debris left in public disposal bins designated for dog waste. Opening the bags will enable air, moisture and helpful aerobic microbes to process our source material into a safe and productive soil amendment. By the end of 2016 we expect to have finished compost for evaluation. Composting keeps dog waste out of sealed landfills, reduces the volume by 50% and results in a nutrient-rich garden soil.

Composting also reduces methane emissions. Landfill methane is produced because organic materials sealed in a landfill undergo anaerobic decomposition. Basically, this means that because municipal solid waste that is buried in a landfill does not receive oxygen, it will be degraded by microbes that produce methane. A compost pile, on the other hand, undergoes aerobic decomposition. Because it is exposed to oxygen and degraded by a different type of living organisms, composting material produces CO2 (carbon dioxide) instead of methane.