For those of us lucky enough to have a garden or even a yard attached to the house, dog poo can be annoying to always have to pick up accidentally. When the weather’s not great or you simply can’t take the dog out for a walk it’s the only place they can do their business and get some exercise.
Dogs who are getting plenty of fibre will be regular so we’ve got a fantastic idea for those with dogs that use the garden a lot – a dog poo bin!
What is a dog poo bin?
A dog poo bin is pretty much exactly the same as a compost bin which is fairly common in households with gardens or a dedicated area where the bottom of the bin is in contact with soil. It’s a place to seal in dog poo and break it down so that the microbes and organic stuff can seep back into the soil but the bacteria and bad stuff do not. It is a much better way to dispose of the dog poo than bagging it and binning it.
Here’s an example:
How does a dog poo bin work?
The dog poo bin is buried deep into the soil with the top the only thing which is visible. Being so buried and full of organic material makes it hot which breaks down the poo and along with water flushes the material into the soil.
With the Good Boy model, there are Bio-Activator capsules which consist of naturally occurring microorganisms which stimulate the bacteria in the poo to help decompose them quickly. The reason for these is to reduce the foul smell which can build up and protect the soil as many would be tempted to throw in household chemicals to do the job which would kill the land around it.
Is a dog poo bin safe for kids?
If you buy a purpose-built dog poo bin with a proper lock and keep the bio-activator away from them then it’s perfectly safe. The Good Boy model has a child-resistant twist. If you try and make one yourself that doesn’t close properly then no. According to US-based bin & junk professional Luke Hancock, dog poo can contain harmful bacteria so it needs to be cleaned up quickly and locked away regardless of your method of disposal.
However, with enough regular management and stirring and even mixing with other compostable material such as grass, food and flowers a dog poo bin isn’t any less safe than a regular composter.
How to install a dog poo bin in your garden
If you love a bit of DIY then here are some steps to create your own dog waste disposer:
- You’ll need a plastic bin relative to the size and number of dogs you have, metal bins will slowly rot away underground so plastic is the best choice
- Create holes in the bottom of the bin of differing sizes, some small and some larger but ensure that it is not completely bottomless.
- Dig a hole in the corner of your garden or hidden away from the regular traffic the garden gets, make the hole 1 foot deeper than the bin is tall. You can add some extra to the circumference but this can easily be plugged later with dirt from the digging
- At the bottom, throw in six inches of gravel, this is to help filter the waste before it gets to the soil and overwhelms it. On top of the gravel, add some flat pebbles to add some more filtration, ensure that the top of the pebbles are flat for a flush sit
- Place the bin on top of the pebbles
- Fill the gap around the edges of the bin with dirt mixed with leftover gravel to ensure a tight finish – the bin should be tightly packed.
- Place the lid back on with two holes parallel to each other on opposite sides of the bin and lid so that a padlock can be placed to protect children and pets from entering the bin
- At the bottom of the bin put organic material such as grass or food to begin creating an ecosystem that can help break down the incoming poo. Alternatively, you can buy a bio-activator or a septic tank starter.
How to maintain a dog poo bin
Dog poo bins won’t just maintain themselves automatically, they will need some small amount of maintenance from time to time. We recommend the following
- Avoid putting dog poo which is diarrhoea or has worms in it – feed your dog high fibre dog food or see a vet if this is the case.
- Stir the waste daily
- Flush the bin with a little bit of water
- Add new bio activators as per the instructions by them
- Do not overfill! If the bin is not enough for your dog(s) then start over with a new bin.
What is the best way to dispose of dog poo in the garden?
From an ecological point of view, a dog poo bin in your garden is the cleanest way to dispose of it. If you bag it and bin it it will be disposed of with all of your other trash and potentially cause a biohazard in landfills, alternatively, dog poo which is disposed of in local parks will be incinerated which of course harms the environment.
What bin does dog poo go in?
If you’re not convinced about the dog poo bin at home and you want to know where it should go then the answer is simple – bag it up and put it in the normal bin with your non-recyclable waste. It’s as simple as that.
Last update on 2020-06-03 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API