Dog owners looking for different ways to get rid of dog waste should consider a dog waste composter. The composter will eliminate dog waste right in the yard, and is an environmental alternative to bagging it in plastic bags and sending it to the city dump. A composter uses easy-to-find materials and doesn't take up much space in the yard. It will break down the waste and allow it to drain into the soil.
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Things you need
- Large plastic garbage can with lid
- Keyhole saw
- Septic starter
Drill about a dozen holes in the sides of the garbage can. Make the holes all over the can: high, low and all around the sides. The holes do not need to be a specific size. You can use a standard drill bit that comes with your drill.
Cut the bottom out of the garbage can. You can use a hand-held keyhole saw or sharp knife. Be careful when you do this, making sure the knife blade cuts away from your body.
Dig a deep hole in the ground. The hole will need to fit the garbage can so that the lid is at surface level. It will also need to be wide enough for the can and flat on the bottom so the can sits straight. Choose a spot in your yard where you won't smell the compost bin if it emits an odour and where it won't be on a walking path.
Insert the garbage bin into the hole and add a layer of gravel or large rocks at the bottom. The gravel should be several inches thick.
Cover it with the lid. Paint the lid or mark it so that it is noticeable and no one will step on it.
Throw dog faeces into the garbage can and sprinkle some septic starter and water into it every time you use it. The septic starter will turn the dog waste into compost, and as it liquefies it will drain into the soil.
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