Here at Grange Spa Canine Resort we are constantly looking for new and better ways to operate more sustainable, divert waste from landfill and educate our dog owners on how to take advantage of similar practices in their homes too!
One of our long-standing initiatives is our on-site composting system for collecting and breakdown the rather large amounts of dog poo we collect at the doggy daycare each day. Rather than collecting up this nutrient waste into plastic bags and sending it off to the landfill, like most other dog daycare centres, where the plastic alone will take some billion years to breakdown. Instead we have set up our own systems where we now have a valuable resource which we can actually reuse in our natural environment.
Did you know that a medium sized dog produces about 180 kilograms of poo each year?
When you consider the number of dogs we look after each day at our Doggy Daycare, that’s quite a large amount of poo which is also a sustainable source of fertiliser!
Nutrient Not Pollutant
Rather than becoming a pollutant, dog poo can be a fantastic nutrient for your garden – which is exactly what we do with our doggy waste!
Due to the size of our facility, we obviously need a suitably large composting system. However, there are lots of excellent special pet waste home compost systems available from good pet stores (like ours!) or you can make your own!
To make your own compost bin, just add the dog poo to grass clippings, plant or other organic waste. The microbes then break down the organic material into humus. During this process the temperature in the compost mixture rises to 50-60C and, over time, the heat will kill most canine bacteria as they are adapted to live at lower temperatures in the dog’s gut.
The compost needs to be turned over weekly to ensure uniform composting and oxygenation. Over days or weeks the temperature in the compost drops, indicating when the decomposition process is complete.
We donate our gorgeous, nutrient rich compost to local community gardens where our trees and flowers are really thriving!
- Don’t include waste from unknown dogs or from dogs that show signs of disease
- Avoid using it on vegetables for human consumption.
- Check out our mini home dog poo compost bins which you can use in your garden!