Do you have a new pet that is starting to poop a lot, or maybe an older pet that has always created a lot of waste to deal with? Either way, you don’t want to be one of those people who just leaves poop lying in the grass, and you may feel a little uncomfortable about throwing it in the trash too, especially if it starts making a stink on hot days. But what is the best way to dispose of animal waste, anyway? Here’s what you need to know.
First, Animal Poop Can Be Unhealthy for the Environment
Don’t just leave your pet’s poop lying around! It is not, as some say, good for the soil. In fact, it’s quite the opposite! Poop from pets like cats and dogs can have a lot of pathogens in it, and when you leave poop lying around, these pathogens can make their way into the water table, and you really don’t want them there. Even if the poop is mostly pathogen-free, it can lead to fertilizers showing up in the wrong places like rivers, lakes, ponds, and nearby water features – which can create annoying and damaging algae blooms, something you also don’t want. So whatever option you choose, please don’t just leave the poop.
A Pet Septic System
An innovative option, especially for families with a lot of pets, is to create a mini septic system in the backyard for your pet’s poop. This isn’t as hard as it seems! You can bury a plastic bin, add water and powdered enzymes designed for the purpose, and this tank will turn the poop into innocent organic materials which still won’t smell very good, but are far less harmful to the environment. This solution won’t work if the weather drops toward freezing, but it can be an effective solution in warmer environments.
Recycled Plastic Bags
Look for pooper-scooper plastic bags made out of recycled materials. These are easy to use out on walks, and you can quickly dispose of them in the trash. These plastic bags will eventually decompose, so they aren’t the best long-term option, but it is a better option than leaving poop lying around. While many areas do have free baggies available for dealing with poop, it’s a very good idea to get your own supply for when you aren’t out on walks in the right areas.
There are also flushable pouches available that are specifically designed to be safe to flush (otherwise, never do this). You scoop the poop up in the pouch, flush it, and your problem is solved. This is one of the best and most eco-friendly options for dog poop. Cat poop, however, is another matter and has specific problems like persistent pathogens that make it unsuitable for the sewers. However, consider adopting this option for your doggy friends!
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