Dog Waste Composter

Dog Waste Composter

Steps for Dog Waste Composter

First you need to obtain a container of some sort, something preferably with a lid. In this case we used a 32 gallon plastic trash can and lid purchased at a local hardware store. The lid helps to provide a compostable environment, keeps nosey animals out, and lessens any odors.

Next I used a utility knife to cut off the bottom of the trash can so that the contents will have access to worms, microbes, and other organisms which will help to naturally break down the dog waste. I also supplemented this process by adding some holes in the sides of the trash can which was made with a 1.5” spade bit and drill. Be careful here to not compromise the structural integrity of the trash can by making the holes too close together.

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Supplies for installation

I then laid the trash can lid on the ground in an area where I wanted to install the dog waste composter. Be mindful of the location of your dog waste composter in relation to nearby water sources. I choose locations which were more than 100ft away from any surface water or known spring. This ensures that any pathogens or bacteria from the dog waste composters do not contaminate water sources. Now, use the trash can lid on the ground as a template for digging the hole needed for installing the composter. Use your shovel to make marks around the lid and then proceed to dig the hole to the proper width and depth. Be sure to test fit your composter container periodically to ensure appropriate fitment.

Once your composter fits in the hole that you’ve dug, you can back fill the sides to fill in any gaps or holes around the sides. This provides support for the composter and gets more soil contact to the contents in the composter.

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Hole dug for installation

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Installing new dog waste composter at the entrance of Stateline Woods Preserve

Now you are ready to use your dog waste composter. Be sure to keep the lid on when not dispensing. If your composter is working correctly, there should be no strong odors emitting from the composter. If you are using bags to collect your dog waste, be sure only to use compostable bags, we supply dog waste bags made by Biobags. Periodically check on the composter and if necessary add some septic tank treatment to help accelerate the composting action of the composter. We treat our composters during the growing seasons once a month with a septic tank enzyme called Rid-X. This treatment includes dumping half a box of the Rid-X in the composter then filling the composter with water to activate the enzyme.

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New Dog Waste Composter Installed