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 Post subject: Pet Waste- Composting it!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:47 pm 
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Composting Pet Waste

Published by City Farmer, Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture
http://www.cityfarmer.org/petwaste.html

About 15 years ago, I dug a hole in the back of my ornamental garden, away from my food crops. The hole is about 3 feet wide and 3 feet deep, and is covered with a plastic lid from an old compost bin. I empty my dog's waste in the pit every day so that it will break down as compost.

Occasionally I add Septo-Bac, an enzyme-active biological compound formulated to increase the digestion rate of sewage.

I haven't had to empty the hole for over 6 years. When I did empty it, I dug a hole under some nearby shrubs, put the nearly composted waste in and covered it with soil.

Next time I empty it, I will line the sides of the pit with 1/2 inch hardware cloth because my soil is very sandy and tends to cave in a bit.

I am also starting to add some chopped yard waste (green and brown) to hasten the process. The finished dog waste compost can be used on ornamentals, but not on food crops. Dog waste is not allowed in garbage bins, so this alternative has served me well.

Step-By-Step photo guide to making a dog waste composter in your back yard.
http://homepage.mac.com/cityfarmer/PhotoAlbum22.html


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How to Build Your Own Pet Waste Composter
http://reducing-waste.suite101.com/arti ... _composter

There are two ways to get rid of your pet waste: Throwing it in the garbage, where it will go to a landfill, or using it as compost in your yard – buried well away from edible food crops. The latter method is recommended for people who have regular access to a garden or yard, and want to reduce their carbon footprint.

Making a backyard pet composter has the added advantage of greening your soil without spreading disease or stink throughout your neighbourhood. The Green Victoria Compost Education Centre adds that burying pet waste in a trench helps avoid attracting rodents and insects if you bury them at least 45cm/18” underground. Don’t plant food crops above the trench; plant ornamental plants instead. ---continued at link, above ---


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:56 pm 
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Pet Waste Composting
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While I definitely DON’T recommend adding dog and cat waste to your ‘regular’ bins, I do in fact recommend setting up a completely separate system to handle these wastes – after all, why bag it up and send it off to the landfill when you can easily process it yourself and take advantage of the extra source of plant nutrients as well.

A pet waste composter should be set up a good distance away from your other composting systems and vegetable gardens, and as far as possible from the nearest water body (at least a good 100 yards or more). You can start by --- continued at link, above ---


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