A few weeks ago we wrote about composting dog waste. And people had lots of questions ...
... but by far the most asked was how to actually build a dog poop composter.
So, we thought it might be a good idea to write a follow up post answering that exact question.
But first, just in case you missed that one ...
The Benefits Of Composting Dog Poop
Our dogs produce a lot of waste. A lot.
274 pounds of waste a year for the average dog in fact. A larger dog will produce even more!
By composting, dog owners can keep thousands of pounds of dog waste out of the environment each year. This provides many benefits, including:
- Cleaner air and water
- Less potential for diseases
- Better smelling air
- Less waste in landfills
The Different Kinds Of Composters
As with most things, there are several different kinds of composters. The centerpiece of a dog poop composter is, obviously, the composting bin.
A few of the most common you'll find out there are:
- Wire cylinder
- Tumbler bins
- Stacking bins
The advantage with tumbler bins is that they move the entire composting all at once. The disadvantage is they can be heavy to move and are often expensive.
Stacking bins often appear neat and tidy and they retain heat well. But they're small and often have reduced air flow.
If you're looking for something you can easily build on your own, without breaking the bank, our favourite is the DIY wooden barrel bin.
DIY Dog Poop Composter
Here's what you need:
- A wooden barrel (or a plastic trash can if you don't have the wooden barrel - keep in mind the wood is far more eco-friendly)
- Composting material
Start by washing out your bin. You don't want any non-biodegradable materials left in your bin.
Starting a few inches from the lid, drill a hole into the barrel. Space another hole about 3 inches from the first hole. Drill until you have rows of holes all around and down the bin.
Fill the bin with your composting material. The best composting material consists of nitrogen rich and carbon rich matter. The nitrogen rich matter is the dog waste. The carbon rich matter can be old newspapers or sawdust.
Monitor the pile to make sure the internal temperatures reach at least 145 degrees. You can add some warm water should be added every now and then.
**Remember, this is great for your garden, but just make sure you don't use it for edible plants. Save it for those decorative gardens.
Emily Vey is a research and writing wizard on the Four Leaf Rover team. She’s always working to help dogs live the healthiest lives possible (and helping the earth doesn't hurt either)! She lives in Ontario with her partner-in-crime Ryan, their husky Inuk and German shepherd Indi. Together they enjoy hiking, swimming and all things outdoors!