Cat n’ Dog Poo Can Be Green Too!

How to Safely Compost and Recycle Pet Waste
By Rose Seemann, May 2020

What better time than now – when the pace of life is slower for many of us – to take steps that will lighten your pet’s carbon paw print to barely visible?  Use the flow chart below to choose a way to recycle pet poo that’s customized to your living quarters and the amount of time and energy you want to put into the project. It’s easy!

Once you get into the rhythm of your system, you’ll find that you’ve switched from a habit of trashing to a habit of paw-friendly sustainability.

How Much poo do our dog and cats produce? Lots! Take your pet as close to zero waste as possible. Don’t trash dog poo! Turn it into fertilizer for plants. It’s easy and not smelly if you do it right.

You can recycle pet waste using any of the processes below. Use finished material to enrich soil for house plants or flowers, trees and other landscaping - not edible crops.

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An infographic based on Rose Seemann’s book, The Pet Poo Pocket Guide: How to Safely Compost and Recycle Pet Waste https://earthhero.com/products/sustainable-essentials/rose-seemann-the-pet-poo-pocket-guide/

How much poo do our dogs and cats produce? Lots!  https://envirowagg.com/green-pets-unleash-fido-and-fluffy-from-the-landfill/

Take your pet as close to zero waste as possible. Don’t trash poo! Turn it into fertilizer for plants. It’s easy and not smelly if you do it right.

You can recycle pet waste using any of the processes below. Use finished material to enrich soil for house plants or flowers, trees and other landscaping – not edible crops.

The Pet Poo author chose videos based on value and clarity of content.

Bokashi: What is it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k3PTUnDHSI
Making mix - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PKeDa_90yM
Drying - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D6AWLGIiss

Bokashi lite: Bokashi Cycle offers a simple commercial system
Pet Waste Disposal Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPcrh_RYRfQ&t=216s
How to bury the fermented pet waste https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yjnn7W_nZXU

Flush: (Sewer connection only, no septic tank) - Flushing dog poop down the toilet – without a bag, only the waste – is a valid disposal method, says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  https://cfpub.epa.gov/npstbx/files/NJ_Petwaste.pdf

Don’t want to use your bathroom toilet? Search online for flushing options for dog waste or check out this simple solution to creating a doggy doo drain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K215LzeTfg

Trash :-( : Moves directly to the local landfill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsyg472MQp8

Burial: This can be a simple hole or a nicely finished one like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dJuW0fegkU

Composting: Using a compost bin on the ground: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/nrcs142p2_035763.pdf
Using an enclosed a container:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCyOWcJADFo

Vermiculture: Worm farm! Don’t feed the worms poo if your pet is taking de-wormers! Input only pet poo without other food items. Check out this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYDY0NiR564 for more information.
Moldering – Cold or slow composting (rotting). Can be done in ventilated closed containers using sawdust, on the ground in an enclosed moldering cove or digging a spot in the yard for it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IITCuT_Ecc8&t=112s