After You Scoop
"I MAY BE SMALL, BUT MY OWNERS ALWAYS 'STOOP AND SCOOP'." - Bella, Arlington, VA
Once you have picked up your pet’s waste, you have a few choices for disposal.
- One simple thing to do is bag it and throw it in the trash. You can use a plastic baggie (old bread bags work nicely) turned inside out over your hand to pick up the waste, then turn the bag right-side out, tie it up, and throw it in the trash.
- Another bagging option is to use biodegradable bags. Biodegradable bags can be thrown in the trash but can also be composted. Be sure not to use compost containing dog waste on vegetable gardens or food crops.
- You could also flush pet waste down the toilet, but if your home is on a septic system, think twice. Talk with the manufacturer and make sure your septic can handle the extra load.
- Another option is to install an underground pet waste digester that works much the same as a septic system. These affordable, easy-to-install tools enable you to dispose of the pet waste without ever having to bring it inside your home.
- Lastly, you could choose to bury your pet’s droppings. Bury the waste in several different locations around your yard (never near vegetable gardens) in holes 12 inches deep. Be sure to cover the waste with at least 8 inches of soil.