If you have a canine companion in your household, you know just how much pet waste they generate on a daily basis. Learning the best ways to dispose of pet waste can help you to keep a clean yard while simultaneously eliminating waste in an eco-friendly manner.
Flush the Poo
First, let’s dispel the myth that leaving dog poo behind while on walks or anytime you are outdoors is acceptable and good for the environment. In fact, this could not be further from the truth. Not only does leftover dog poo create an unpleasant odor for neighbors and passersby, but it will also allow for bacteria growth, especially in warmer weather.
If you intend to leave your dog’s waste outdoors, doing so is only advisable if you have a designated compost bin that is suitable for poo and other potentially toxic waste material. Creating a compost bin that is designed for canine fecal matter should be done with additional ingredients and materials, such as eggshells, grass clippings, and other standard compost items. Creating a compost bin provides the proper environment for fecal matter to break down into the soil. Without a compost bin, your dog’s waste will likely sit and grow bacteria rather than provide any benefits to the soil beneath it.
Repurpose Materials for Disposal
Cleaning fecal matter is not typically considered enjoyable, which is why it is best to find the right materials to clean up after your dog does their business. Consider repurposing materials to dispose of your pet’s waste, such as using newspapers and other recyclable items.
Tossing your pet’s waste into the trash is acceptable, though it is not the most eco-friendly solution. When throwing your dog’s waste into the garbage, be sure to do so with an eco-friendly bag or disposal method.
Use Flushable Pet Waste Bags
In addition to the traditional newspapers, toilet paper, and plastic bags, there are also alternatives for picking up pet waste that is also optimal for the dog owner who is also environmentally conscious. If you are looking for a way to remain eco-friendly as a dog owner and want to do so while picking up your dog’s waste, there are also dissolvable and flushable waste bags available.
Dissolvable and flushable waste bags can be easily transported and kept away at all times for ease of use and accessibility. When shopping for flushable and dissolvable pet waste bags, be sure to verify that the bags themselves are certified as flushable as well as environmentally-friendly. It is not advisable to use any bags that are labeled as dissolvable or flushable until you have conducted thorough research on the company and manufacturer, as not all pet waste bags operate as advertised when it comes to toilets and septic tanks.
Are you looking for even more ways to dispose of your pet’s waste whenever you are taking a walk or spending time outdoors? Check out our other blogs for helpful tips on waste management.