If you want to know all of the best ways to dispose of dog poop, you’ve come to the right place.
What you should know is that the most common way is to put it in your regular household trash, and let it go to landfill – but, there are other ways worth exploring.
When we say ‘dispose of dog poop’, we mean where it goes once you’ve picked it up/cleaned it up and disposed of it. If you want to read about the different ways you can pick up your dog’s poop, you can read this guide.
For the environmentally friendly among you, have a read about the different types of dog poop and waste bags (biodegradable, compostable, flushable, plastic etc.) you can use and how they might impact the environment.
Let’s check them out!
The Best Ways To Dispose Of Dog Poop: A Complete List
1. Common Trash Bins & Landfill
This is the most common way to dispose of dog poop in most developed countries across the world.
Once you place your dog’s poop in the trash (you can either put it in the main trash bin, or get a 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), it gets taken to landfill sites that accept pet waste with the other waste.
1) Not every landfill site accepts dog waste
2) Landfill does not give environmentally friendly dog poop bags like biodegradable and compostable bags the opportunity to decompose as designed. These bags need an aerobic environment to break down, and they don’t get that when trapped layers deep under other rubbish. Adding further issues – these bags actually produce methane when trapped under landfill – which is not great for the air and ozone layer
3) Most people use plastic dog poop bags – and plastic takes an estimated 500-1000 years to break down in the environment in landfill sites. Plastic also can harm or kill animals if it gets tangled around them or stuck inside them, and when plastic breaks down – it produces micro polymers which are toxic.
2. Composting Dog Poop – Residential or Industrial
Composting dog poop is another option.
Composting can be residential i.e. in someone’s backyard, or industrial (public composting sites).
In reality, most industrial composting facilities don’t accept pet waste for two reasons:
1. Dog poop contains harmful bacteria and pathogens and a range of other nasties – processing this poop and adding it to the compost mix can be a big risk for health and safety
2. Dog poop bags can contaminate the existing compost environment and mix – it’s easier just to say no to pet waste for them
When composting dog poop, any dog poop bag must be 100% compostable so that it doesn’t contaminate the other compostable material or disrupt the compost conditions.
You can read more about what compostable dog poop bags are, the requirements and pros and cons of compostable bags are in this guide.
You may also like to read about biodegradable dog poop bags which are a different type of bag.
3. Flushing Dog Poop
Flushing dog poop in the toilet minimises a lot of the landfill and plastic poop bag problems.
However, it also introduces a few other issues:
1) The first is that dog poo contains all sorts of nasties and pathogens – bringing the poop inside introduces health and safety concerns like contaminating your house or bathroom
Another option rather than flushing down your toilet is to install a pet waste sewer inlet/outlet at your sewer IP point where you can empty pet waste directly into the sewer system – but this can take time, costs money and you need the design to be reliable.
2) Flushable bags might not clog your toilet, but they might clog up the sewer system further down the line if they don’t dissolve enough. Clearing them from the sewer debris trap can be costly for governments!
3) If there is a sewer overflow because of a natural event or there’s an issue with the pipes/surrounding infrastructure – the dog poop can pollute and contaminate soil, waterways and even drinking water sources
4) If you have a septic tank, flushing dog poop is generally not recommended
You can read more about flushing dog poop and flushable dog poop bags here.
4. Dog/Pet Sewer Drain Attachment
There are specially designed Dog Sewer Waste Line Attachments you can buy and install – but they don’t suit everyone.
The reliability and design of the individual pet waste systems can vary, and a poorly designed one can be troublesome unless you know exactly what you are doing or looking for.
However, some people do find they work for them if they have considered all the different factors involved in installation, design and discharge.
An example of a Dog/Pet Sewer Drain is the Doggie Doo Drain Dog Waste Sewer Line Attachment (on Amazon).
5. Is Recycling An Option?
We are not talking about recycling the poop, but rather the poop bags.
The unfortunate thing is that plastic poop bags in most circumstances can’t be recycled. The reasons for this are:
1) Cleaning the bags is time consuming and overall too difficult
2) Recycling machines are designed to handle clean, but also hard plastic (bottles, containers etc.), and dog poop bags are too soft – they would get caught in the machine.
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