Composting Canine Waste

I spoke with someone yesterday who had built a dog waste compost in her backyard.  Although I have never considered doing this, I thought perhaps some of you might be interested. Not being a do-it-yourself kind of gal I had to borrow the information from an expert.  The folks at City Farmer have developed an easy method using an old plastic garbage can which allows the waste to slowly decompose in the yard in an environmentally safe manner. Here’s a step-by-step description:

  1. Take an old garbage can and drill a dozen or so holes in the side.
  2. Cut out the bottom.
  3. Dig a hole in the ground, deep enough for the garbage can.
  4. Toss some rocks or gravel in the hole for drainage and position the garbage can so it’s a little higher than the soil level.
  5. Place the lid on top (you might want to paint it with something like Dog Waste Composter.)
  6. When you scoop some poop, put it in the hole and sprinkle in some septic starter (available at hardware stores) and add some water.