If you’re someone who is environmentally conscious, you might like to read a cool little article we wrote with 7 ideas to improve the way we are currently disposing of dog poop and pet waste.
If you are just here to learn how to pick up dog poop without plastic bags, that’s fine too.
Below we have listed the available methods, both inside and outside that are available to you to pick up your dog’s poop if you don’t want to use plastic bags.
Let’s look at them…
How To Pick Up Dog Poop Without Plastic Bags: 5 Options
1. Pooper Scooper or Shovel
If we are talking about picking up dog poop outside in the front or backyard, a pooper scooper or shovel is the best option.
You can then put it in your main trash bin, or get a little pet waste bin like the Behrens Locking Lid Pet Waste Can (on Amazon) if you want to keep all the pet waste by itself and away from the main trash
Not only are they more cost effective than bags, but if you use a longer handle shovel or scooper, you don’t have to get too close to the poop to smell it.
If you wait until the poop dries out, it cuts out a lot of the mess fresher and wetter poop might cause on your scooper or shovel.
You can also store them away or hang them in a garden shed when you aren’t using them.
A cheap and affordable 32 inch arm pooper scooper is the Arm and Hammer 71034 Swivel Bin and Rake (on Amazon).
2. Compostable Dog Poop Bags
Compostable dog poop bags are made of organic based materials and are designed to not only be biodegradable, but to be used in compostable conditions.
Compostable bags usually have to meet biodegradability standards, but also criteria in relation to compostability such as:
- Absence of contamination or difference from existing compost physical/chemical makeup,
- Other chemical/physical parameters,
- Worm tests
- Heavy metal tests
At the moment, industrial compost sites don’t usually accept pet waste because of a couple of reasons.
You can however, as long as it’s safe and effective, dispose of dog poop in a home compost bin with a live worm culture.
Just make sure the compost conditions work for pet waste, and that it’s safe in terms preventing the spread of pathogens or harmful bacteria from the dog poop to humans and animals.
3. Biodegradable Dog Poop Bags
Biodegradable dog poop bags need to be able to break down naturally in the environment with the help of micro organisms.
Dog poop bags labelled as biodegradable might have the following requirements by law and standards in the US:
- Have to meet ASTM D6400 guidelines
- Should meet any legal guidelines which outline how long the bag should take to decompose – generally any material that takes longer than 6 months is not allowed to market their product as ‘biodegradable’
In Europe and Australia, biodegradable dog waste bags have similar standards they have to meet.
It’s important to note that if you buy either biodegradable or compostable bags and you place them in the normal trash disposal, they will go to a landfill site.
4. Flushable Dog Poop Bags
Flushable dog poop bags have some benefits but also some problems.
On one hand, flushing dog poop in flushable bags means we aren’t using plastic bags, and other bags aren’t going to landfill.
On the other hand, flushing dog poop can be a contamination risk inside the house and bathroom, and if the bags don’t dissolve properly in the sewer system, they can be costly for governments to remove.
As long as the flushable dog poop bags dissolve so they don’t have to be removed as debris in debris traps, and there are no poop bacteria/pathogen contamination risks both to the home and the environment – they appear to be a good option.
5. Pet Litter Tray
This one is more for small dogs.
If you are someone who lives inside an apartment and your dog doesn’t have access to a yard during the day or when they aren’t on a walk, you can train them to poop in a pet litter tray.
You can simply empty the tray and replace/clean out the litter as required. You could also put puppy training pads down on it and change them as required.
Something like the Puppy Go Here Indoor Litter Tray (on Amazon) might be a good option
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