12 000 Pounds of Dog Waste… Every Day!

There are 36 000 licensed dogs in the City of Hamilton (estimates say there could be up to 90 000 including non-licensed dogs).  Since the average dog produces 1/3 of a pound of waste per day, we are dealing with 12 000 – 30 000 pounds of dog waste every single day just in Hamilton.  You can imagine how much space that would take up in landfills.

Pet waste is an increasing concern in urban areas.  Most residents aren’t quite sure what to do with it, so it ends up in the trash.  Municipalities generally suggest you either flush it down the toilet or double bag it and put it in the garbage.  Some municipalities (not all) do accept this in the green bin.  But why not go even further, and compost your pet’s waste at home?

Building a pet waste composter has many benefits, including:

  • Saving space in landfills
  • Keeping runoff clean
  • Providing you with natural garden fertiliser (not meant for food gardens)

Green Venture is hosting a hands-on pet waste composter workshop.  There are only 2 spaces left!  Email water@greenventure.ca for more information.

If you can’t make it to the workshop, you’d be surprised at how easy it is to make your own pet waste composter.  All you need is an old garbage can.  City Farmer has a great video showing you exactly how to do this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sud1JgBSc1Y

If you run into trouble, give Green Venture a call or visit us at EcoHouse.

For more information on the effects of stormwater runoff on our environment, visit slowrain.ca.

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