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Dog Waste Disposal

By January 2, 2009

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If you landscape in a yard with dogs, then dog waste disposal is one of your less palatable landscaping chores. Dog waste disposal isn't as straightforward a chore as you might think. One problem is that not all communities agree on what your legitimate dog waste disposal options are. In some towns, dog waste may be classified as a hazardous substance, meaning you can't just put it out with the garbage, while other communities encourage precisely this manner of dog waste disposal. So what do you do with the do-do? You'll have to check with city hall, unfortunately.


January 17, 2009 at 2:31 am
(1) vivian says:

I just use flushable dog poop bags and flush poop down the toilet. Easiest and most eco-friendly way to deal with dog poop.

January 19, 2009 at 1:38 am
(2) Jack says:

I too believe that dogs waste contain hazardous substance. “People obviously love their dogs, but the problem is you can see people picking up after their dog, and then wondering what do with it.”

Here’s a step-by-step description:

1. Get hold of and aged trash bin and bore an dozen about hollows inwards the side of meat.
2. Cut down the bottom of the inning
3. Gibe an hole inwards the background, deeply plenty for the dustbin.
4. Chuck out a few stones or flummox in the hole out because drainage and position the trash bin and so it has a bit gamier than the colly charge.
5. Place the lid on top
6. When you scoop some poop, put it in the hole and sprinkle in some septic starter (available at hardware stores) and add some water.

November 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm
(3) Dobbin redknight says:

Jack what language are you speaking man. “gamier than the colly charge” are you a clingon or a tufty twirler?

February 9, 2009 at 4:01 pm
(4) Deb says:

So it was leached into the ground and contaminate eventually to rivers and streams?
The only products that sound like what you discuss are not manufactured in the US?

August 24, 2009 at 2:24 am
(5) Bud says:

Thanks for your excellent elucidation of the dog waste problem. I was looking for a Doggie waste disposal system. I have stopped looking. I will continue to toss it in the trash until new technology comes around to make local disposal safe.

September 29, 2009 at 1:43 pm
(6) Carolyn says:

Here is my issue to people who think dog waste is “hazardous”. Wild animals make waste as well, in much larger quantities, as do livestock and horses. Where I live you are more likely to run into horse manure than you are dog feces and no one requires them to clean up and dispose of their horse’s feces. Dog feces are just a tiny insignificant drop in the bucket. At least it it natural waste as opposed to the litter, emissions, and pollution that people do every second of the day. It’s ridiculous to me to make such laws and to regulate such a non issue when there are such larger problems that need to be addressed.

September 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm
(7) landscaping says:


I’m glad you’re challenging conventional wisdom about the dog-waste disposal issue: we need more people who try to reason out such matters rather than falling into line just because someone has dropped a magic word like “hazardous.” I would only caution you over your use of the term “natural”:

Lots of things that can harm you, or even kill you, are natural. In medieval Europe, many people tossed the contents of chamber pots — a “natural” substance — out into the streets; is it any wonder that disease was rampant?

By the way, it isn’t just dog waste disposal that is an issue. For example, cat poop shouldn’t be used to make compost for food crops, because of the pathogens it contains. People will sometimes object, “Well, how come horse manure or cow manure is okay for compost then?” But when you compare carnivores to farm animals, you’re really comparing apples to oranges.

November 2, 2009 at 6:15 am
(8) Tia Dashwood says:

Why not think about using compost worms to dispose of dog poo? We are worm farmers and have been using this method for many years in large kennels and breeders’ establishments, plus we have developed a domestic system called the ‘DOO DOO LOO’ which copes with the waste of 1-2 average sized dogs. The only proviso we make is that you don’t use the castings thus produced on edible vegetable growing in your garden. Enquiries are welcome.

April 29, 2010 at 8:24 am
(9) Joe Dyer says:

All dog owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs this includes the biting end and the pooping end. I own a dog care (Home Boarding) business and engage a specialist “poop” man to dispose of any waste in my garden. We also carry poop bags when out on walks. If we want our animals and ourselves to be accepted and loved by the community that we live in we have to scoop the poop.

June 25, 2010 at 12:57 am
(10) dog owner says:

Read the link from Snohomish County on surface water management that Dave linked to in his article. The section titled “Isn’t landfilling bad? Shouldn’t we do things more naturally?” addresses your misconceptions.

Also, your point about horse manure being okay (or maybe you are saying it is worse, hard to tell) is off for two reasons: one, the horses you are dealing with are not “wild” animals and therefore their waste can be excessively concentrated in domestic situations; and two just because we have not come up with a good solution for horse manure is hardly a reason to turn our heads away from the dog waste issue.

July 27, 2010 at 8:49 pm
(11) Scott says:

While it may be a bit of a stretch in normal situations, the term “hazardous waste” does, sometime, apply. I have a nearby neighbor who runs a rescue dog operation out of her home. She has anywhere from 15 to 30 dogs at any one time, all using her backyard as their bathroom. The smell is overpowering, especially on hot, summer days. She also recently burned dog feces mixed with yard waste. In this instance, the poopie shoe fits.

March 29, 2011 at 10:12 am
(12) Kelly Albertson says:

Flushing dog poop is definitely best (and in my opinion easiest). The bags I use are called Pick up ‘n Flush. You can order right off their website. I especially love their brand for traveling because they still have the plastic bag around the paper bag so if there’s not a toilet near by, you don’t have to smell the poop the whole way. When you get to the toilet, the poop (inside the tissue bag) slides right out of the plastic bag and into the toilet. The plastic bag is clean cause it never touched the poop so it doesn’t stink up the trash can.

April 23, 2011 at 11:25 am
(13) Jay says:

The reason that cow and horse manure is safe for a compost that will be used maybe for food plants, while dog poop is not, is because of what is in it. What the animal eats that makes it suitable for compost or not. Cow and horses eat grain or straw. Suitable materials for composting. Dog food, even the dry kind usually consists of animal parts and meat, not to mention the dog meat people add to it, or the table food. Meat of any kind really shouldn’t be added to the compost bin.

As for the flushable bags, they sound great if you have one dog, or walk your dog for his toileting needs. But if you own a few dogs, and they are let out in your backyard to “go”, and you clean it up a couple of times a week, and maybe less during winter when it is cold and also dark when you get home, then it would be quite a bit to flush. I do agree though that flushing would be great with one dog that you pick up after immediately. I didn’t know about those bags. Thanks for the info.

August 21, 2011 at 11:50 am
(14) Hayes says:

Would burning a mixture of dry dog poop & leaves over a campfire kill all the pathogens sufficiently that the ash could be used for vegetable fertilizer?

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