How to Compost Dog Waste


Dog waste can become a problem when you have one or several large dogs. It can also become a pet owner's nightmare when it comes to disposing of it because some trash collection companies have regulations that prevent homeowners from throwing the waste in their garbage. If you have a location, try composting the waste for use in flower gardens. The waste will decompose without a strong smell if the proper steps are followed.

Step 1

Choose a location with a flat surface for the pet waste compost container that is not near a children's play area. A place behind a building or garage works well.

Step 2

Drill 12 to 15 holes throughout the sides of an old plastic trash can for drainage. Remove the bottom of the can by cutting it with a saw or sharp knife.

Step 3

Dig a hole deep enough to fit the trash can. Sink the trash can into the hole so the top 2 to 3 inches are above the ground. Make sure the can is not distorted so the lid fits on top.

Step 4

Add a 1-inch layer of rocks or gravel to the bottom of the can to assist with drainage. Place the lid on top of the can and gently fill soil around the can if there is open space around it.

Step 5

Place dog waste into the container making sure to not add plastic bags or other items that will not biodegrade. Biodegradable waste bags can be thrown into the can.

Step 6

Add some septic starter or green grass to the can as the can begins to fill with waste. Add water with the septic starter to assist with breaking down the compost. Gently mix the compost every three to four weeks to aid with decomposing.

Step 7

Add water periodically to the can to moisten the entire contents without making it soaking wet.

Step 8

Use the compost on non-edible plants once it is the consistency of soil. Do not use pet waste compost in a vegetable garden because the compost may contain excess bacteria if not composted to the correct consistency.

Things You'll Need

  • Old plastic garbage can with lid
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Shovel
  • Rocks or gravel
  • Septic starter
  • Water


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About this Author

Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.