One of the less pleasant aspects about owning a dog is dealing with pet waste. Most people are well acquainted with the pooper-scooper. There’s also the handy plastic bag trick for clean up. Either way, the offensive messes usually end up packaged in filmy plastic and added to our ever-growing landfill areas.
There is another alternative, however. For people with a garden — or at least a yard — you can install a waste composter to take the place of those plastic bags that are polluting our environment since they never break down completely. Pet compost-makers come in a variety of shapes, forms and sizes. You can find them sold in pet stores or listed in catalogs or websites. Once you’ve ordered the one you want, plan to do a little digging. Check your soil to make sure you have ample drainage and locate it in sun so the moisture and heat will bake down the contents into an odorless material that takes up a lot less room than the fresh stuff. The concept is pretty much the same as for composting kitchen and garden waste except that you should NEVER use pet compost anywhere near edibles. Unlike plant compost, meat-eating pets produce composted waste that can carry parasites and other diseases that are transmittable to people.
Composters hold a lot more than you’d think by looking at them. As the feces break down, they become compressed. It should take years before you have to empty yours (depending on the number of dogs and the size you buy). Digging them out is easy and there is no odor at all. The light material — rather like damp sawdust — can be scattered in an area that is not heavily populated where it will melt naturally back into surrounding soil. Or, if that isn’t an option, you can now put it into a single bad to dispose of it. Pet compost-makers will work for any pets, not just dogs. Pets that do not eat meat or meat products (milk or eggs) will produce a safe compost that can be used in the garden.
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You can even recycle your pets’ donations