Can You compost dog poo?
This a great question and one we get numerous times.
But isn't dog poo harmful?
Yes, dog poop is considered an environmental hazard, because if the dog has worms or another disease, it will be present in their poop. Your dog’s poop is made up of three-quarters water, undigested food, carbohydrates, fibre, proteins, and fats. Not forgetting the bacteria that'll be present in your dog’s digestive system.
How To Compost
There are two options available to you. Each as good as the other, it all boils down to personal preference.
The first way is to build or buy a container made out of wood, metal or plastic. You'll then add organic matter - grass cuttings, leaves, dead plant trimmings and fruit and veg scraps. Sawdust is a great addition as it's a source of food for the microbes - Also newspaper trimmings and strips of cardboard.
The second process would be to use a wormery to compost your dog's poop. This process will break down the waste and turn it into vermicompost and liquid fertiliser, just like a regular wormery that recycles food waste.
Remember, you don't need to take the poop out of compostable dog poop bags as these are the optimal conditions for compostable poop bags - Poop will need to be taken out of degradable and biodegradable bags before being placed in the compost pile/wormery.
Each week, you will need to turn your compost pile. This introduces oxygen to the contents of the pile, enabling the organic matter to break down with minimal odour. The contents should be kept moist. Add water but not too much (ensure your compost heap is covered to prevent over-saturation by the rain).
Aim to keep the temperature of your compost pile at a range between 135° -160° Fahrenheit - as this kills pathogens and viruses, rendering it safe to use.
Using Your Compost
Look for the following signs that your compost is ready to use. It should look, feel and smell like rich, dark earth rather than rotting vegetables. In other words, it should be dark brown, crumbly and smell like earth.
NEVER USE THIS COMPOST MIX TO GROW EDIBLE PLANTS. IT'S INTENDED FOR USE ON NON-EDIBLE PLANTS ONLY. WEAR GLOVES AND WASH YOUR HANDS WHEN USING OR TURNING YOUR COMPOST.