Ways You Can Compost Your Pets Poop
Composting your pet’s poop is not rocket science. If properly composted it can provide nutrients that you can utilise for your yard or under your trees. Composting dog poop also keeps tons of material being added to a landfill or sewer system that is already overwhelmed.
We’re here to let you know how to correctly make a compost heap out of your dogs poop in a very easy way for your home.
We’ll let you know the benefits of correctly composting your dog's stool and also tell you how to do it properly. If you have a cat, and you use biodegradable litter, their poop can be added also.
Why should you compost dog poop
Each year, tons of dog poop are thrown into trash cans and end up in sanitary landfills. When dog poop is composted, it becomes a nutrient that will improve your yard and trees. When your soil is lacking in organic matter, no amount of chemical fertilizer you purchase is going to improve things the way you want. The compost you produce, with the material you already have on hand (dog poop), will improve things the way you want.
Problems with using just dog poop
There are some pathogens that can spread from dogs to humans and they are found in the pathogens of dog poop. If composted correctly the bacteria will die easily. In order to destroy harmful pathogens within the waste, it’s important your compost would need to be between 50 and 65 degrees celsius between days six to eight. If you live in a suburb and only have a small space, you really need to build or buy a compost system.
If your outdoor space is small then you want an easy composter like a trash can. This can easily be done and we have a quick guide just for you.
What you need
- A plastic trash can with lid
- A drill
- A 1/2-inch wood bit
- 3 bricks
- A bungee cord
How to Make a Compost Bin
- Drill holes through the sides and bottom of a trash can to create ventilation.
- Place an even mix of brown and green materials inside the can. Brown materials include leaves, twigs, wood chips, newspaper, and cardboard. Green materials include fruit and vegetable scraps, grass clippings, coffee grounds, and eggshells.
- Add a small amount of water to the can–just enough to moisten the materials. Then place the lid on the can, bungee cord it in place, and give it a quick roll around the yard to mix the contents.
- Position your can on top of a few bricks to ensure good airflow, and your compost bin is ready to go.
Maintaining your compost
Mark the area where you will be composting. Some people will need to do it in a trash bin to save space, and if you have a smaller back yard this is the best way. Every few days add a shovel full of old compost to the pile so that there will be beneficial bacteria to speed up the digestion. If you are starting out, just use dirt from your garden. Be sure to keep the pile moist. If you have fish add their water when you are cleaning out their tank.
If you really want to produce a sustainable, high-quality compost, then add in some worms, a process called vermicomposting. You will need to add fruit peelings and coffee grounds as an additional feed for the worms but they will also eat the pet’s stool. They will produce a high-quality fertilizer. By the time the worms have consumed your pet poo compost, you will have high-quality humus that will contain no pathogens.
How do I know when composting is complete?
If you have maintained a proper composting system the product will have no pathogens and can be used on your lawn, on your ornamental bushes, and around your trees. If you have fruit trees, a hedge, or a lawn they will appreciate the compost and pay you back by flourishing.
The compost is ready to be used when it looks like regular soil. This usually takes up to 3-5 months depending on the climate.
By that time, you should be ready to safely add your used Eco Poop Bags into your home compost and complete the environmental cycle.