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DIY Dog Poop Composter

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DIY Dog Poop Composter

by Steve Graham, Networx

Sure, you’re a good citizen of your neighborhood. You don’t just leave Fido’s leavings where they fall. But you could be a better citizen of the planet by composting your dog doody. When you wrap up the poop in a plastic newspaper sleeve, you may be guaranteeing your dog will leave his mark in the landfill for decades.

Instead, throw it into a specially designed backyard bin. Think of this dog doody composter as a pit toilet for pets (although you’re better off collecting the waste and putting it in the pit for Fido. He might fall in if he tries to use it). We must credit City Farmer in Vancouver for inspiration. Click here for a less detailed, but more photo-intensive, project outline.

Before I get to the actual pet poop pit plan, a couple of notes on alternatives:

• Don’t add dog doody to your regular worm compost bin or hot compost pile. The worms will probably take care of it, but they are your pets too, so why would you be so cruel. Also, the dog doody contains dangerous pathogens and less beneficial worms. Composted dog poop should never be used on or around vegetable gardens.

• You may also consider simply burying the waste, but even with a small dog, you may soon run out of spaces far enough from the vegetable garden.

• Third, there are commercial dog composters available starting at about $30, but you will see that making your own is really cheap and simple.

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10:41AM PDT on May 11, 2013

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9:51PM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

Unfortunately, I have no yard...

9:17AM PDT on Apr 5, 2013

Great idea,thank you.

4:45AM PDT on Apr 5, 2013

Great idea, thanks for sharing.

12:05PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Grazie per le informazioni.

12:04PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Grazie per le informazioni.

9:58AM PST on Jan 30, 2012

Thanks - interesting solution!

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8:41PM PST on Jan 21, 2012

Sadly, I live in an area where most of what most of you call 'soil' is actually volcanic cinder. Being volcanic it does not react like normal dirt. You were doing great until you got to the "dig a hole" part... it cannot be done by a human in volcanic cinder.
Is it possible to make something similar and set it into a small depression, say out near the back edge of our yard, or some other inconspicuous place? I'd go with a Doggie Dooley, except for the cost. We do not have a Petco or similar except for one about 2 hour's drive away.

4:48AM PST on Dec 9, 2011

Thanks for the article.

7:10AM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

Great idea! We have three dogs and lots of messes in the yard to keep up with. This could really make our lives easier and would be better for the environment than the plastic bags we use.

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