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How and Where to Compost Dog Poop
Posted — February 06

How and Where to Compost Dog Poop

There are approximately 89.7 million dogs in the U.S.  and 8.2 million in Canada. With 41% of Canadian households having at least one dog, it’s clear pets have taken over our hearts.

While more dogs means more love, it also brings more problems. One of the most concerning is: what do we do with all their poop?

Dog poop left lying around can cause more harm than just messing up the shoes of anyone who steps in it. It’s a dangerous pollutant! One gram of dog poop contains 23 million bacteria, like E.coli, salmonella, Campylobacteriosis, and tapeworms.

Picking up after your pet is the only way to keep your neighborhood safe from toxic dog poop. But with landfills filling up fast, how do we keep our yards clean without harming the planet?

The best way to dispose of dog poop is to put it in the compost bin. But wait – composting dog poop is tricky since not all composting facilities can handle pet waste. Read on to find out how and if you can safely compost dog poop in your city.

 

How to Compost Dog Poop

Before you toss your dog’s gift to the sidewalk into a green bin, make sure to use a certified compostable poop bag.

Composting involves decomposing organic materials by using worms and other organisms. To speed up the process, composting facilities add heat and oxygen. Food waste, leaves and yard clippings are all great for composting. Plastic is not.

Non-compostable bags won’t break down in a composting facility. Instead, they will contaminate the batch with plastic. Using compostable bags to pick up your dog’s poop is a necessary step to saving the environment. But even with the right bag, not all municipalities are equipped to compost pet waste.

Where Can You Compost Dog Poop?

Dog poop contains harmful bacteria that can contaminate compost if not properly disinfected. Unfortunately, many composting facilities aren’t properly equipped to deal with your pet’s poop. Check this list to see if you can compost dog poop where you live!

*The following is a list of North American regions only. If you live outside North America, check with your municipality’s composting regulations*

 

Regions Where Dog Poop is Accepted in Composting Facilities

 

Nova Scotia

  • Annapolis
  • Kings
  • Berwick
  • Bridgetown
  • Hantsport
  • Kentville
  • Middleton
  • Wolfville
  • Colchester

New Brunswick

  • Saint John
  • Quispamsis–Rothesay

PEI

The entire island!

Quebec

  • Sherbrooke
  • Granby
  • Salaberry-de-Valleyfield

Ontario

  • All Ottawa regions
  • All Toronto regions
  • Waterloo / Kitchener
  • Barrie / Simcoe County
  • Guelph regions
  • St Thomas
  • Whitchurch-Stouffville
  • Markham

Alberta

  • Calgary
  • Red Deer
  • Lloydminster
  • Leduc
  • Okotoks
  • Cochrane
  • Spruce Grove

Saskatchewan 

  • Lloydminster

 

Provinces Not Accepting Pet Waste

 

Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon

  • Composting dog poop is currently impossible in all territories due to the colder temperatures. Since they don’t have curbside garbage collection, animal waste has its own bin at all major dump sites and is put into its own septic tank.

Newfoundland & Labrador 

  • Aren’t at the point of adding composting sites right now

Manitoba 

  • Winnipeg is looking into getting a facility in the future, but dog poop can not currently be composted in Manitoba

British Columbia 

  • BC focuses on vermi-compost (worms) and does not currently accept pet waste

 

Where in the USA is pet wasted accepted in the compost?

There are currently no composting facilities in the U.S. that accept dog poop.

 

What to Do if Your Region Won’t Compost Dog Poop

If you live somewhere that does not currently allow dog poop in compost bins, not all hope is lost! You can take the matter into your own hands and write to your local government requesting that your region’s composting facility starts accepting pet waste.