If a product says it’s biodegradable, consumers like you and me probably think it will break down in the trash or composting bin. Estimates suggest that poop bags, even “biodegradable” ones, can take anywhere from 10 to 1,000 years to fully decompose when they are in landfills.
Though composting dog poop goes against everything you’ve ever learned and read about the art of composting, there is a way!
Currently there are more then 75 million dogs in the U.S., each one depositing an average of 274 lbs of waste annually. That’s a staggering 10 million tons of poop per year – most of which is placed in plastic bags and thrown into the landfill. We’re here to change that. You’ve heard of “reuse, renew, recycle”? The same can be applied to dog waste.
Composting is the controlled breakdown or degradation of organic material into a product know as humus. Dog waste composting is a natural process that requires air, water, organic matter, microbes and a little human intervention.
There are a few more precautions to take when composting dog waste compared to vegetation as dog waste can contain a multitude of unwanted pathogens. It needs to be more contained, of a certain minimum volume, and reach high enough temperatures to kill off harmful bacteria (a reason why we do not recommend composting small amounts of dog waste in your backyard).
The composter we looking to purchase is an in-vessel unit that is completely enclosed in order to contain odors, keep animals and bugs out, and prevent unwanted bacteria from seeping into the soil. It is for relatively small amounts of waste in terms of commercial composting.