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I know many of us use cloth diapers because we don't want to contaminate our water supply by sending baby poo to landfills. But what about those of us who conscientiously pick up after our dogs when we take them on walks, not wanting to contaminate the bottoms of other people's shoes or annoy our neighbors?<br><br>
There's no way I'm bringing my dog's poop in and flushing it down the toilet (that's where I draw the line), so it goes out to the curb in plastic bags on trash day. At least I'm recycling the plastic shopping bags. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
But wouldn't that be just as bad as baby poop going out with the trash? Or is human poo more evil than dog poo?
 

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I don't think the main concern is poop going to the landfills so much as that it takes over 200 yrs for a disposable diaper to decompose. Poop decomposes pretty quickly. At least in our area, landfills are not placed in areas where the water table would be affected by some dog poop in bags.
 

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I was feeling really bad about the plastic grocery bags that I was re-using as poop bags ending up in the landfills, so I went and bought biodegradable bags at the pet store. They come with a little holder so it is attached to the leash handle, and the holder is refillable.
 

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we use lime powder on our poo & pee area. It sweetens up the ground & keeps flies away from the poo.<br>
whatever poo chunks (covered in lime) can't be washed down get collected up & put in the empty paper dog food bags.<br>
of course, the bag does not last long b/c of wetness & sometimes we must use plastic bags but again, lime isprinkled in the bag & on the poo to help with the smell, flies & break down of poo.<br>
you can get a huge bag og lime anywhere.<br>
We get ours @ TSC.
 

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Sorry I've been away a few days, but I did want to continue this thread. I'm not so sure that the slow decomposition of diapers is the only issue. According to an <a href="http://www.thediaperhyena.com/diaper_drama_scene4_environment.htm" target="_blank">article on the Diaper Hyena website</a> (see the section at the bottom about health hazards) :<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">In her book, THE JOY OF CLOTH DIAPERS, Jane McConnell reported that our landfills contain 5 million tons of untreated human waste - a breeding ground for diseases that could potentially contaminate our groundwater (4). When you toss a disposable into the dumpster you are adding to the 84 million lbs. of raw fecal matter going to the environment per year (8). The Lehrburger report mentioned above also suggested that disposable diapers may represent a health risk at landfill sites and recommends that state health officials determine if diapers should be classified as infectious waste because of the untreated feces and urine they contain (13). There are an estimated 100 intestinal viruses living on the feces in landfills and these viruses are also possible contaminates of our water supplies and could latch on to the insects that would bring these diseases back to us (17).</td>
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So I was just thinking if that is true, wouldn't the same be true for dog poo?<br><br>
Would it be bad discussion board etiquette to cross post this thread on the diapering board (I'm kind of new to web forums so I'm afraid I'll do some kind of faux pas)? I'm curious what some of those mamas would say. Is there an easy way to do that?
 

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You can compost dog poo if you use straw. My dh found an article about a study they did in Alaska. The trick is to keep the compost very hot. He doesn't have the link, but I'm sure if you looked for the article, you'd find it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
We composted our cat poo the same way. Our dog goes wherever in the bushes around our yard... We just made sure to have two different compost piles (of course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> ). We didn't really keep up on it... our cats all disappeared too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> but I'd say, read the article and give it a try! You'll have nothing to lose <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
love and peace. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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There are dog poop composters, too. Here are some links:<br><br><a href="http://" target="_blank">http://www.petstreetmall.com/categories.aspx?id=460</a><br><a href="http://homepage.mac.com/cityfarmer/PhotoAlbum22.html" target="_blank">http://homepage.mac.com/cityfarmer/PhotoAlbum22.html</a><br><a href="http://www.compostinfo.com/tutorial/DogWaste.htm" target="_blank">http://www.compostinfo.com/tutorial/DogWaste.htm</a>
 
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