Extreme Composting With Dog Poop

dog poopI'm sorry to all of my green friends out there, but it has to be said: Composting has just jumped the shark. In one of the most disgusting articles I've ever read on CNN, the "Living" site teaches us how to compost our dog's poop. With just a few easy, yet crucial, caveats, the article explains how composting feces can be done without killing your entire family with germs.

So let's talk about the rules here in composting poop. In addition to making sure you aren't burying the poop in a water table and contaminating your community's water source, you also cannot use the dog poop to fertilize plants you may eat. Or really anywhere you would come in contact with the poop because dog poop carries the possibility of disease like E. coli and Giardia. In addition to these very serious dangers, composting dog poop will also make your backyard constantly smell like crap.

Seriously. Who would do this?

Even though I do take daily actions to live in an eco-friendly way, I actually haven't started a compost in my backyard because I have a dog who will dig it up and eat it. And no, I don't think that if I then compost her poop, then it's all good.

Dog poop, not unlike human poop, is toxic. Yes, this article acknowledges that and talks about taking precautions. (Or buying a poop processor for $100.) But that fact alone should make you not want to keep poop around. Also, who wants to keep dealing with poop long after the pooping is through? Who???

I know we have limited space in our landfills, in our sewers, in our oceans. But keeping waste in your yard is not the answer. Or if it is, please remind me to never come over to your house for a backyard bbq.

Would you compost your dog's poop?


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nonmember avatar Marcia

There are 75 million dogs in the US generating 10 million tons of dog waste per year. 40% is left on the ground (talk about ground water pollution and health hazard and smell) and 60% is mummified in plastic in landfills. Disgusting!! Better to bury it, flush it, put it in a simple septic system or compost it.

DomsM... DomsMama07

we dont have a dog

nonmember avatar Mandi

I have 6 inside dogs (2 large and 4 small) that go outside a minimum of 4 times a day. That's alot of poo. I would love to compost but it is kind of hard to separate the poo out of the leaves.

ethan... ethans_momma06

Seriously? It's talking about how to dispose of it in a SAFE *and* ECOFRIENDLY way. Considering the fact that if you are a dog owner you have to deal with it ANYWAYS, I'd consider that pretty much a win win.

daerc... daerca574

umm. . . .no!

Cheryl_M Cheryl_M

I live in a rural, somewhat touristy area, with lots of open land, ponds, cranberry bogs and farms. If the town collected dog poop and was able to light the many parks and recreation areas using the poop, I'd be all for it!!! Towns have tight budgets, and this might be the start of an answer for avoiding cutbacks. I understand that there is an initial investment for setups like this, however, the return would be worth it.

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