Animal Poop and Composting

September 21, 2014

There is a lot going on with this topic and I just wanted to kind of touch on it because it often comes up here in the store as to what can go in the compost bin and what cannot. 

 

What is Compost?

 

Simply put: it is organic material that starts to break down and turns into fertilizer for your lawn.  Some people have their own compost pile in their back yard, and others have a compost bin that the city picks up and hauls away. 

 

What kind of organic material can go in compost bin?

 

Left over fruits, vegetables, table scraps, leaves, grass, plants, newspaper, cardboard.  etc.  What you don't want to add is meat, or certain poops. 

 

A great link: http://www.gardeners.com/how-to/all-about-composting/5061.html

 

Can I compost MY pet''s poop?

 

 You CAN compost any HERBIVORE'S poop AND bedding.  If your animal is a carnivore, you shouldn't compost it because it contains harmful bacteria. Birds, Rats, Guinea Pigs, Bunnies, Hamster's...those are all acceptable to compost.

 

What''s the point of a compostable poop bag if my dog's poop can't go in the compost bin?

 

I know, this is confusing. Because the bag is biodegradable and compostable everyone thinks that means you can put it WITH poop in the compost bin.  But because a dog''s poop is mainly meatbased, it could spread bacteria and disease in compost pile.  So the poop is a NO-NO. The  biodegradable bags are still better than a plastic bag because, while plastic bags stick around for 100s of years, biodegradable bags break down quick.  However if you still want to compost dog poop, you can.  you should compost it seperately from your other compost and use earth worms.

 

 Animal poop/compost link: http://www.compostinstructions.com/poop-or-no-poop/

 

***Please note : Cat poop should  NEVER be composted!!

 

Cat poop/compost link: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/manures/cat-feces-in-compost.htm.

 

 

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