• How to Compost Pet Waste with EnsoPet, a Pet Waste Bokashi System

    February 1, 2018 • CLEAN, HOME

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    For every pet owner, pet minder and dog walker, safely disposing of pet waste is a daily task.

    While picking up pet waste when out on walks or from around your backyard is the socially acceptable thing to do and keeps things clean, disposing of it in general waste isn’t the most Earth-friendly option. But did you know there is a composting system specifically designed for pet waste? Here we outline why you should compost pet waste, why it is the safest and most eco friendly option, and how you can do it with EnsoPet.

    Why Compost Pet Waste?

    You Can’t Send it to Landfill

    Many choose to bin it, but sending pet waste to landfill, even in a 100% biodegradable & compostable waste bag, can be harmful to the environment.

    Sending anything, even biodegradable items, to landfill isn’t a good idea. Without proper conditions, it may be ages before the biodegradable bag breaks down, and it poses a risk to the environment and wild animals in the meantime.

    And when the bag degrades away, harmful animal waste enters the environment, contaminating places like waterways.

    You Can’t Flush It Away

    Flushing pet waste down the toilet isn’t ideal either.

    If you have a dog, you’ll need to pick up their waste in a bag when you go for walks, even if you aim to flush it at home later. You’re then left with a bag that you shouldn’t toss into landfill, shouldn’t flush, and can only compost to get rid of it.

    And if you don’t have a specific place to compost pet waste, you can’t safe compost the now waste-covered bag.

    For cats, no litter is truly “flushable”, so any accidental litter that is put into the toilet will cause havoc down the line. This means that, even if you flush all the cat waste, you still need to deal with the litter, and either binning or burying it isn’t a good solution.

    Composting is the Best Method

    Overall, the best and most iron-clad way to get rid of pet waste, safely and environmentally, is composting.

    Not only does this generate great (and free) compost to use on your garden, but is easier to do than you think, so it’s an environmental alternative that costs very little of your time.

    Can You Compost Pet Waste Normally?

    But can you just put animal waste onto the garden as is, or heap it into your normal compost?

    The short answer: no.

    Dog waste can have many bacteria and pathogens that are harmful to humans. Cat waste is especially pathogen-prone if your cat is an outdoor cat. Cats that are allowed outdoors can eat birds and rodents; this may infect them with Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that then presents in their waste and poses significant harm to infants, pregnant women, and those with deficient immune systems.

    This is why proper hygiene preventions need to be taken when handling and disposing of all animal waste.

    Because of the pathogens and bacteria present in pet waste, a specific system needs to be used to break it down safely. Unless you’re highly experienced in composting, it’s hard to reach the right conditions on your own.

    How Do You Compost Pet Waste?

    Composting pet waste with EnsoPet

    This is why we love the EnsoPet Composting System – an easy way to compost all your pet waste properly.

    Installed in the ground, the EnsoPet system comes with specific micro organisms that will continuously break down waste, eliminate smell and kill any pathogens present.

    It will also safely break down the compostable waste bags and cat litter that contain the bacteria and pathogens too.

    Read our EnsoPet blog post here for how it works >

    Compostable Cat Litter

    Choose litter that is made from 100% plant-based matter – this means recycled newspaper or plant pulp.

    Even if you’ve decided not to install a pet composting system, we still highly recommend a plant-based litter. This is because other forms of litter can be harmful.

    Some crystalised cat litters are formed from silica gel, the same gel in the sachets in dry goods that say ‘Do Not Eat’. Other cat litters may also have silica dust. Both these chemicals can be ingested by the cat (and your family) by inhaling the dust, or when the cat cleans itself. This is not great for your cat’s health in the long term.

    So play it safe and get some natural litter that’s safe for the whole family, including Mother Nature.

    Some Guidelines for Composting Pet Waste

    Don’t compost near, or put pet compost on, any food-producing trees and crops. Putting the compost on ornamental trees, however, is completely safe.

    Keep anything that you use to compost or handle waste, like bags, scoopers, gloves or aprons, separate from everything else. This will ensure less contamination to other surfaces.

    Unwanted Cat Waste in Your Yard

    If your cat is an outdoor cat, or if you live in a cat-filled neighborhood, chances are you’ll encounter some cat waste in your yard.

    Although cat waste may be harmful, if you wear gloves, wash your hands thoroughly, and wash the crops or plants after cleaning up the waste, the chance of infection is minimal.

    Preventative measures are also available to stop cats from frequenting your yard:

    Putting chicken wire over the veggie garden will keep them away from the soil.

    Water is the best cat deterrent – setting a sprinkler to go off to a motion detector is foolproof way to shoo them.

    Cats also hate citrus smell, so pop some lemon and orange peels around the garden to deter them.

    Don’t resort to other methods such as moth balls or essential oils, however. These can be toxic or fatal to cats and other animals.

    Overall…

    To get rid of your pet’s waste safely and sustainably, composting is the best way to go.

    Not only do your nourish your garden with the result, but you make choices that are better for the health of your pet, your family, and the environment.

    Buy our Ensopet Compost Kit here >

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