The joys of being out and about with your dog: long strolls to start or end the day; your very own pacemaker when out on a run or the perfect excuse to meet up with friends for a coffee in the park. The great outdoors is even more special when alongside our dogs. But there is a less glamorous side. Poop.
For those that always pick up after their dog, thank you. You go a long way to protecting public health, while keeping our parks, pavements and paths clean.
Once you’ve scooped up your dog’s poop, it can sometimes be a case of ‘what next to do with your dogs poop?’ It’s a question we hear a lot, from both accustomed and first-time dog owners. Luckily, we’re here to clear things up (no pun intended).
Don't forget your dog poop bags
Before embarking on your adventure with your dog, make sure you’re equipped for the task ahead. Lead, check. Ball, check. And, the most important of all, poop bags, check. These bags are a must-have on any walk with your dog; without them, you could find yourself in some sticky situations. By law, you need to carry at least two.
Compostable dog poop bags are a great choice. They’re robust, easy to carry, and match the strength and versatility of regular plastic bags – designed to deal with any poop size. They’re also termed as biodegradable dog poop bags which break down when placed in well managed compost piles.
Composting is a great way to dispose of your dog’s poop, as long as you get it right. Once you’ve picked up after your dog and bagged it up, you can dispose of it at home, or at an industrial composting facility; make sure you check the facility accepts animal waste, beforehand.
At home, you can get rid of your dog’s poop by creating your own compost pile. Organic waste needs the right level of oxygen, heat and water to fully decompose, so it’s important you keep your compost pile warm and moist. Sawdust is also a great addition to combat the high levels of nitrogen contained in our pups’ poop.
When you reach the perfect balance of warmth and moisture, all the nasty pathogens are eventually killed off. Your compost is then ready to use on non-edible plants. If you want to find out more about compostable poop bags, take a look at our blog: Can you compost dog poop?
Once you’ve cleaned up your dog’s poop, depositing the poop bag in a bin is commendable, and it’s always been a frontrunner in keeping our communities clean. Admittedly, in some areas, these bins aren’t as easy to come by. Poop bags are strong and sturdy, so you don’t have to worry about them splitting as you carry them to the nearest bin.
What bin does dog poo go in?
Until recently dog waste had to be separated from general waste, which is why when you are out and about you may see separate dog poo bins. It is now perfectly fine to use any general litter bin to dispose of your dog’s poo, but if you can’t find one, do take it home with you. At home it should be placed in the general domestic waste bin, not the food or garden bin.
If you find yourself deep in the countryside or some woodland, with no bins insight, knowing what to do with your dog’s poop can be tricky. Some people suggest a ‘stick and flick’ policy. In our experience, however, we advise you to always bag, pocket and either bin or compost when you can.
Flicking, or hurling, your poop into the nearby bushes and woodland, poses a number of problems: firstly, compostable bags will take longer to decompose when they are not disposed of in a compost.
The same rule applies when you are wondering how to dispose of poop in the garden, try to avoid chucking over the fence or into the flowers. Instead compost appropriately, or put it in an outside bin. Worm farms are also an option we would suggest where as flushing it down the toilet isn't a great idea. Read on to find out more about these options.
A disposal choice not as common as compost or dog waste bins, but still a great way to get rid of your dog’s mess. Believe it or not, worms are quite happy to eat a lot of things we don’t want. These include potato peelings, apple cores and, of course, animal waste. Worms eat the waste and eliminate all odours.
After the worms have done their bit, you can then use it as the ideal fertiliser for non-edible plant beds. Australian company, Wormtec, advises that you provide a high carbon alongside food and animal waste. Things like newspapers and leaves are a great way to, again, combat the high level of nitrogen. It’s also simply a fantastic way to use up other forms of waste.
Poop and toilets go hand-in-hand, right? With dogs, it’s not that simple. We do not recommend flushing poop bags down the loo.
A number of water companies have come out and advised people against flushing dog waste down their toilet. If you’re unsure, bins, compost or worm farms are a great alternative.
Can you burn dog poop?
Burning your dog’s waste may be regarded as a statutory nuisance due to odour and toxicity and should be avoided. Smoke is an air pollutant, so from an environmental perspective one of the greener methods, such as composting, is a far better and healthier solution to disposing of your dog’s poop responsibly.
The future of dog poop disposal
These are the more conventional ways to get rid of dog poop, but, as with all things, innovation is changing convention. While compost piles and worm farms are relatively new ways to dispose of dog poop bags, there’s one invention that we really like the look of.
In 2018, retired engineer, Brian Harper, revealed his latest invention: dog-poo powered biogas street lamps. On a popular trail in the Malvern Hills, dog walkers can use free paper dog poo bags that, when put in a bin, feed into a bio-digester. Microbes in the anaerobic digester produce methane, which is then stored and used to power street lamps that come on at dusk.
It’s fantastic to see these types of inventions come to life, and we hope to see plenty more in the future. In our eyes, waste doesn’t have to be wasted.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to dispose of your dog’s poop. Of course, you’ll find some options are more suitable than others – it all depends on you and your dog. One thing for sure, picking up dog poop should be celebrated, no matter what you choose to do with it after (as long as it’s not left on the pavement or hanging in a tree)
So to all the dog owners out there, used to bending down and getting hands on, and the fantastic local facilities who put up with a whole lot of poop, we say thank you. The streets wouldn’t be the same without your help.
Now you know where to get rid of your dog’s poop, it’s time to get picking. View our range of dog poop bags and dispensers.