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earth day: dog 'waste'

earth day: dog 'waste'

Dog ‘waste’ is a major concern for the environmentally conscious pet owner. Especially since the 78 million dogs in America produce 10 million TONS of dog ‘waste’ each year. The way you pick up and dispose of your pup’s poo has a major effect on the environment when you consider those stats. Here are some options to make cleanup more ‘green’:

Use biodegradable bags

There are many biodegradable options to use while on the go. Reusing plastic bags may seem good enough, but these types of plastics take up to a thousand years to disintegrate in a landfill.

Consider composting

Keep in mind that Fido’s waste contains nutrients, bacteria and parasites that can be harmful to humans, but you can safely compost it. Use a separate bin buried far from your garden and water source. Read the USDA’s recommendations on pet composting here.

Flush it

Your septic and sewer system is designed to safely process and transfer waste, so why not flush your pet’s waste too? Use something biodegradable like a paper towel or flushable bags.