This is not a new concept and there are ready-made dog waste composts out there but the largest I could find was only 2 liters. Charlie is a big dog and a 2-liter bucket just wasn’t going to cut it. That thing would be overflowing by the end of the week!
So, we decided to make our own dog waste compost.
This compost is NOT intended to be used in the garden. The waste is left in the bucket to break down over time. Once it’s close to full, you remove the bucket, fill in the hole with dirt and start a new hole in your yard.
2019 update: Charlie is now a 51kg dog, we’re 20 months into using this bucket and it’s only half full.
What you will need:
- 1 large plastic drum with a lid that seals. I found a second hand one on Gumtree for about $20 that had previously been used to transport grains.
- Some medium-size pebbles. This is to put in the bottom of the drum to assist with water drainage.
- A shovel.
- An electric drill to drill holes in the drum.
- A saw to remove the base of the drum.
- Ensopet Starter. This is a mixture of wheat, sawdust, and minerals combined with a group of micro-organisms which will accelerate the breakdown of the dog waste, eliminate the smell and help kill any pathogens (worms, bugs) in the compost. You can buy this online here:
Lastly, someone to dig the hole and use the drill aka my hubby. I was the photographer and Charlie supervised!