Sr Ann-Maree O’Beirne has one solution for Mimmi and Marmaduke’s poo. She uses compostable bags that are plastic free, made from plant-based materials, so the whole package can be put into your green bin, compost or worm farm.
“I think the advantage is that even if they cannot be put into the compost bin, they decompose in the rubbish and don’t add plastic to the environment,” she said.
Average dogs produce 180kg of poo per year. Rather than wrapping it in plastic and sending it to landfill, why not transform it into sustainable fertiliser?
Here are a few do’s and don’ts to get you started:
· Look for a brand of plant-based, composting bags from your hardware store. Brands such as “Compost-a-Pak” are recommended. They retail for about $19.99 for 120 bags.
· Never compost dog waste in a vegetable producing compost. Compost used on fruit trees or other plants is fine.
· Avoid composting dog poo for a week or two after worming your dog. At these times, use the normal bin or dig it into the ground.
· Don't include waste from unknown dogs or from dogs that show signs of disease.
· The microbes that break down the organic material into humus in your compost will get to work. During this process the temperature in the compost mixture rises to 50-60℃. Over time, the heat will kill most canine bacteria, as they are adapted to live at lower temperatures in the dog's gut.
· Enjoy your canine fertiliser!