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Build Your Own Pet Waste Digester

1. Take an old plastic garbage can and drill a dozen or so holes in the sides.
2. Cut out the bottom. (A keyhole saw works great for this.)
3. Dig a hole deep enough for the garbage can.
4. Toss some rocks or gravel in the hole for drainage and position the garbage can so it’s a little above ground level.
5. Place the lid on top. (You might want to paint something like “Dog Waste Composter” across the lid.)
6. Start scooping.

When you add poop to the bin, sprinkle in some septic starter (available at hardware stores) and add some water.

“Within 48 hours, the septic-tank starter (which is noncaustic and promotes natural bacterial growth) will have begun its work and you can add more dog doo,” explains Michael Levenston, executive director of the City Farmer program in Vancouver, Canada, from which these instructions are adapted. “You can then begin to add it daily. This waste biodegrades and flows into the subsoil.” (Do NOT use composted dog waste in your garden.)

While burying a garbage can to compost dog waste might seem like overkill if you live near the woods or close to a patch bushes, dealing with dog waste in an environmentally friendly manner is always a good thing.

By the way, if you know someone who lives in a city, the cityfarmer.org website is loaded with all kinds of helpful urban agriculture tips.

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Submitted by Wendy Marsh | April 30 2014 |

I love this idea. We had a Doggie Dooley in the garden at our previous house. The concept was perfect, but I wasn't crazy about the design of the unit. This sounds so much better and CHEAPER! Our new house has a much, much bigger yard (which means more dogs!) so we will definitely do this.

By the way, our Doggie Dooley was placed in our garden. After we took it out, we planted tomatoes and peppers in and around that spot. Never had so many chili peppers and cherry tomatoes come off of one plant in my life!!

Submitted by Del | August 15 2014 |

Sounds like a great idea, however we only have a small backyard and was wondering if it would tend to get smelly?

Submitted by Annabel | September 2 2014 |

Del, did you ever get an answer back on the smell issue with the dog disposal ? I'm interested too, if there would be any smell with this set up... Love the idea though... How easy....

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