How to Compost Pet Waste Safely
If you have pets, creating a pet waste compost is extremely important to keeping your local environment clean. We will focus our attention here on how to compost pet waste safely but first let's get acquainted with why is it necessary to dispose of it.
You must be aware that pet waste cannot be left where it is. This is because pet waste contains pathogens not found in human excreta. Both dog droppings and cat waste contain pathogens that can harm waterways, kill fish and algae, and contaminate play areas and fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption. However, the harmful nature of pet poop is of supreme concern in countries where there are a lot of pets. Though rodent poop is not as harmful as that of cats and dogs, all poops should be disposed of carefully to avoid disease outbreaks. There are a number of ways of disposing pet waste like composting pet waste (making a pet waste compost), flushing pet poop or simply trashing it.
Leaving poop around is also aesthetically unappealing. One alternative to leaving poop where it is is to bag it and dispose of it along with the trash. You can use plastic bags or biodegradable bags, or any bags from cereal boxes and such that will end up in the waste bin in any case. Scoop up the poop with a scooper available in most pet stores.
Flushing the poop down the toilet is an option in some communities. Check with your sewerage company to find out if you can flush pet waste down the toilet.
Again, one of the most recommended and environment-friendly options is composting pet waste safely. Let's see ourselves how to compost a pet waste safely.
Composting Pet Waste Safely
Yet another great way to dispose of pet waste is to compost it. There are guidelines for this that should be scrupulously followed. For one, do not compost the pet poop along with your regular waste. Secondly, the compost bin or pit should be away from wells or other water sources or places of water storage such as ponds.
Use a heat pit if possible as the pathogens will be killed only when exposed to heat. You have to turn the poop to ensure that all the pathogens are killed. Otherwise dig a deep trench away from vegetable and fruit beds and cover the base with straw or cardboard. Next put the poop in and cover it with about 3 inches of soil to prevent flies and curious animals from getting to it. Allow the poop to compost for about a year. This means that once in 6 months or whenever the pit gets filled you need to dig another trench.
Do not use the composted poop around vegetable or fruit bearing plants and trees as the compost will still contain pathogens harmful to humans. Let the trees in your yard absorb the nutrients on their own.
Another option, perhaps the best one is to get an animal poop septic tank. These help to kill the pathogens in the poop and compost the poop at the same time. Commercially available septic tanks are the best. However, check local regulations before you go in for one of these.
As is clear from the above, the three main ways of disposing of pet waste is landfill, composting, and septic tanks. Of these composting is the greener option as it does not lead to landfills. However, you need to make sure that the composting has been done carefully as it does not kill all the pathogens present in pet poop. It’s not only important for you to get rid of pet poops but also strongly recommended to keep your local eco-system healthy.