April 05, 2021

While out with the Good Dog Ambassador last night on our routine nightly walks through the neighborhood, we happened to visit his beloved Geary Park, where he likes to chase sticks and sniff about.  Each spring, our city will provide a huge heap of compost in the parking lot for residents to take freely and use in their garden beds.  Residents rake their leaves into the streets each fall and the city vacuums it up and mulches the leaves to compost over the winter and returns it to the residents each spring. 

We saw a tiny mound that was about the size of a trash bag in the parking lot, and upon further inspection, we determined that a resident had dropped off what they had considered their own backyard compost, however it had several green bags full of doggy doo mixed in with the decaying compost matter.  This resident probably thought they were doing good by "donating" this homemade compost pooch hooch, or maybe they thought they had failed, because the doggy doo bags didn't compost with the rest of the matter, and assumed when the city would dump the spring compost, the small mound would finally compost the doggy doo bags under the city compost.  Being part of local forums, I shared the facts about doggy waste bags and the plastic industrys' misinformation on biodegradable plastic doodie bags

Plastic doesn't biodegrade.  It only turns into microplastics that end up in our food chain.  Doggy Doo bags that make that claim are lying to you, unless those bags are plant based material.  A plant based material will compost in several days if it comes into contact with moisture.  This is what you want!  The plastic green doodie bags that claim to biodegrade do so under certain unattainable conditions which probably won't be met in your normal everyday life.  They only break down into microplastics anyway.  The plastic green doodie bags are most likely only made from recycled plastic if anything.  Then you have the tricksters who sell regular plastic bags that are only dyed green to fool consumers. 

You still want to pick up your dog's waste.  It is very harmful to the environment.  There are compostable, vegetable based doggie doo bags that actually do compost and you can test them to confirm their claims.  

You do not want to add doggie doo to your garden compost.  Dogs and cats can carry diseases that can be passed to other critters or humans.  If an animal eats meat, don't compost their poo.  

 

 

 

 



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