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Can You Compost Your Dog’s Poop?

The 10.6 million tons of poop produced by US pet dogs each year adds a heavy burden to landfills and the environment. A greener solution, composting, is being used by forward-thinking dog parks, turning waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment.

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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • America’s pet dogs produce 10.6 million tons of poop each year; add in enough plastic poop bags to contain it, and you’ve got a hefty load in the nation’s landfills
  • It’s often said that dog waste can’t be composted because it carries potential pathogens, but when done correctly, dog waste can be composted safely and to great benefit of the surrounding environment.
  • At Brooklyn, New York’s East River State Park, two compost bins have been added for dog owners to dispose of their pet’s waste
  • Dog waste from sled dogs at Alaska’s Denali National Park is also composted

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