Home and industrial poo composting: What’s the difference?

by Green Warrior in ECO LIFESTYLE

Composting, an environmentally friendly way of getting rid of the waste products that come from everyday living. Even more so if you have pets! Poo composting may seem like a smelly subject choice, but we can assure you that everything you’re about to read will greatly improve your knowledge of composting and its benefits for dog owners.

Industrial composting

Industrial composting is simply the act of composting in a composting facility, where composting is completed through applying high temperatures of heat until products and waste biodegrade or compost.

Home composting cannot meet the conditions necessary to break down a number of different plastic products, and it also isn’t suitable for any meat, fish, or dairy products. It’s also slower because home compost bins can only reach temperatures of 20 to 30 degrees. This is where we turn to industrial composting.

Industrial compostable products can be treated with measured inputs of heat (temperatures of 60 to 70 degrees), water, and materials that are rich in carbon and nitrogen. These added elements allow more products to be broken down than home composting allows.

From shredding material to help it break down faster to controlling the heat and temperatures of the composting area, industrial composting simply has more options than home composting does.

As for the poop part of industrial composting, that lies with owners of larger animals, or lots of animals. Zoos, farms, animal sanctuaries, all of these places and those like them wouldn’t be able to use home composting methods to safely compost their animal poop.

Home composting

When it comes to home composting, we don’t use manure unless we’re a seasoned gardener that knows what they’re doing. But composting our pooch’s poop in our backyard can produce nutrient-rich soil which is perfect for growing non-food plants. Dog waste is a safe additive for soil if you’re landscaping or looking to revegetate, however, you should be careful as dog and cat waste can contain dangerous bacteria, therefore home compost with animal waste is not safe to use on edible plants.

Typical home composting includes organic waste, food scraps, clippings from cutting the grass, tea bags and the like. These products all compost extremely easy and won’t take much time at all to degrade. Home composting is an everyday part of a zero waste lifestyle. A garden compost bin will give homeowners a small area where they can create their own compost with the product scraps they have around – and they can add other things, like dog poop, to keep their waste products down.

If you need some tips on home composting your pet’s produce, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CnXFB6cWX0

A zero waste, zero plastic lifestyle can come with a lot of bumps early on. Shopping plastic-free is one thing, but you’ll still find that you have little bits of food waste – or dog waste – that you might not know what to do with. Home composting is a great solution for this, helping you remain eco-friendly.

Being an eco-friendly pet parent

Now that you know more about composting poop, let’s look at being a better eco-friendly pet parent. We have discussed composting your fluffy friend’s poop, but what about the poo bag that you’ve used to pick it up?

Well, you are in luck! There are a few companies that cater to naturally biodegradable poo bags but be aware these poop bags MUST have a proper certification so that you know you can compost them in your home compost: Both packaging and poo bag itself must have a TUV OK Compost HOME and EN 13432 numbered certification logo printed on.

Our Green Poop Bag is not only fully home compostable certified and naturally biodegradable within 3-6 months, but also vegan friendly, premium quality, strong, opaque and comes with handles in two forms and sizes to choose from 😊 find out more...

 

 

Moving away from poop, here are some more ways you can be an eco-friendly pet owner:

  1. Buy or make your own sustainable pet food. If you buy your food, ensure to only purchase products in recyclable or biodegradable packaging.
  2. Browse the eco-friendly toy section next time you’re at your favourite pet store. Wooden and rope toys are slowly making their way onto shelves for dogs and cats.
  3. Always pick up and dispose of your pet waste – perhaps by using our trusty Green Poop Bags!
  4. Spay or neuter your pets to avoid overpopulation, illnesses, unplanned pregnancies, and animal deaths.
  5. Don’t buy from breeders, adopt from rescues, sanctuaries, or pet owners who weren’t expecting that litter of kittens or puppies and need good homes for them to thrive in.

 

 

Feature photo by
Hiro Takashima 

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