Dog Poo & The Environment

Dog Poo Disposal

Humans and their domestic animals have a great impact on our environment – in a multitude of ways. Just one aspect is the disposal of body waste. We have sewage treatment plants for human waste but there are also some things dog owners can do with dog poo that can minimise the impact of doggy waste. Most councils, regions or local authorities in Australia and New Zealand now require dog owners to pick up their dog’s poo when out in public areas. Some even supply biodegradable bags and appropriate bins for this purpose.

So, dog poo disposal is an increasing environmental problem but with a little thought and planning cleaning up after your dog can benefit not burden the planet. Here are some doggy-poo tips for caring for the environment:

  • Carry a bag or use those provided in public areas to pick up dog poo when you’re out with your dog.
  • If possible, use biodegradable poo bags for disposing of dog poo.
  • Never allow your dog’s poo to be washed down drains.
  • If possible, don’t throw your dog poo in your normal bin in a plastic bag.
  • Consider environmentally friendly poo solutions like worm farms and dedicated poo compost bins to process your dog poo.

Garden Myth

A common myth about dog poo is that it is okay to bury dog poo in the garden. This is not a good solution as it can take ages for the poo to dissolve into the soil and more importantly for the parasites that may be contained in the poo to become harmless. Parasites such as hookworms and roundworms can live for years in soil where dog poo has been left to degrade, leading to further animal or human infection.

Worm farms and dedicated dog poo compost bins are the best solution but it is not advisable to dispose of dog poo in garden waste bins.

Many people do prefer a DIY system when it comes to disposing of dog poo and it is easy and cost-efficient to set up your own waste disposal system. Without doubt, worm farms and dedicated dog poo compost bins, as opposed to normal garbage bins or plastic bags, are the best way to environmentally and efficiently remove pets’ waste. Worms thrive on dog poo and even dog hair, so if you actively want to care for the environment, try them! The result is great for the garden too.

Alternatives For Dog Poo Bags

The best bags are biodegradable ones – there are a number of brands available at pet stores and supermarkets. However, if you don’t have them, think outside the bag – recycle! Different types of plastic bags are suitable for picking up after your dog such as used lunch bags, bread bags, cereal bags, fruit and vegie bags, chip bags and dog food bags. Some people even use old newspapers or paper doggy-poo bags, though you need to be more careful with these for the obvious reasons!

Other Poo Solutions

Dog poo collection services may be available in some urban areas. You may like to research the disposal method, as having someone else deliver your dog waste to landfill may be easier than binning it yourself but it is no less harmful to the environment. In that case, if you’re interested, try those worm farms or dedicated compost bins.

Some entrepreneurs have invented dog poo processing units that are buried in a backyard. The dog poo is placed into the unit and soaked in an enzyme solution. This in turn digests the waste leaving an odourless, harmless residue to soak into the soil. The units may need topping up regularly with the solution to keep them operating effectively. These work in a similar way to composting toilets on boats. Again, check out the internet if you’re interested.