What’s the green solution for getting rid of dog poop?

Pet waste in large cities has increasingly become a environmental problem. Dog poop not picked up often will find its way to a storm drain and eventually to pollute waterways. The idea of wrapping your dog poop twice or more a day in plastic and throwing it in the garbage and eventual landfill where hundreds of years from now, future excavators will be able to analysis what you feed your dog for breakfast back in 2007. There has to be a better way. San Fransisco has considered ways of converting dog waste into a methane fuel source. Some suggest special compositing solutions that will properly handle dog waste so the compost can be used germ free. Or you can compost your dog’s waste in your backyard with a biodegradable poop bag available in most grocery and pet stores. The resulting compost can either be left to further break down in the composter or used to feed non-edible plants and trees. Here is an article that discusses all the best ways to compost dog poop.Dog Waste Composter
The Doggie Dooley Pet Waste Digester System might be a great solution for someone really serious about their pet waste and have a garden that would benefit from this composter. 48.50 for the standard model and 68.50 for the deluxe (shown here)

If all of this is way to much and you just want to get rid of stuff then you might consider one of the flushable poop bags. These seem to be the best option in that the poop doesn’t go to the land fill and just goes to the same place yours does. This may work will for the small dog whose owner has no problem bringing the poop bag back inside the house (might not work as great in an apartment building elevator) but for large dogs, you may want to be sure your toilet will handle heavy loads. The bags will break down to harmless components in water.Flushable Dog Poop Bags

Naturally most people just use the grocery store plastic bag or lately the newspaper plastic bag, no shortages there. But hopefully someday soon, these bags will become less socially acceptable and we will have to start paying for grocery bags like they do in Ireland and other countries. I don’t want some futuristic egg-head poking around in my doggie’s private business!

Originally posted 2007-02-04 22:40:44.

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