Composting dog poo is not only a great idea but almost a necessity for pet owners in an urban environment. The average 60 lb dog will generate ½ lb of waste per day. If bagged in plastic and left to the landfill this produces the most destructive of green house gasses; Methane. By composting your dog poo at home you will cut your “carbon footprint” and create usable soil.
The best and most efficient method of canine waste management is to use worms. Dog poo and vermicomposting go together perfectly, after all this type of worm evolved to eat manure. We use a compost pile as opposed to a bin, you want to encourage a stable colony that can successfully overwinter. The piles tend to maintain a higher temperature with added ground heat and if large enough can protect your colony through cold months.
Living in an urban area with a large dog can be challenging in the waste management department especially with a snowy winter, the ritual of the annual Spring Poop Scoop is a source of gossip and innuendo for any neighborhood. Stop them in their tracks with your new composting methods, they’ll be intrigued and maybe a bit disgusted depending on their ick factor but guaranteed everyone will be impressed one way or the other. We grew a compost pile out of our grass clippings and yard waste, we added roughly one pound of red composting worms and fed them a diet of dog poo. In late fall we buried our jack’o’lantern inside the pile to ensure winter feed. Over the winter we piled the canine waste product beside this pile and waited for spring. http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2011/05/06/conclusive-proof-worms-survive-winter-in-winnipeg/ So far so good, last summer we continued the process, adding grass clippings, yard waste and poops to the pile. Slowly the pile compacted and reduced in size (note: the dry summer provided less grass clippings) after Halloween in went the pumpkin. This brings us to today, and we have good news and bad news to report. The dog waste has composted but this worm colony did not survive the winter. A combination of dry conditions and little snow pack probably allowed for the pile to freeze completely. As stated you need a pretty big compost to ensure this doesn’t happen. In a few months the starter kit we will add shortly will be in full bloom, stay tuned.