A local group of dog owners in upstate New York is finding a greener way to dispose of dog waste at a local dog park. Though there are many back-yard composters on the market, this is one of the few large-scale pet waste composting projects in the U.S. This large-scale composting project will help relieve thousands of pounds of waste that is piled up in landfills every year.
Details from the Associated Press article:
“It actually makes sense to do it on a larger scale. The larger the facility, the more control,” he said. “Anything that gets waste out of a landfill is a good thing.”There are between 3,000 and 4,000 dog-dedicated parks in the United States.
Moreover, there are an estimated 73 million pet dogs in the United States. The average dog produces about 274 pounds of waste a year, which means total dog waste in the U.S. is more than 20 billion pounds.
The group hopes to market the usable compost within the next few years if the project goes successfully.
Do you or your local dog park take extra measures to go green with dog doo?
*Photo courtesy AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth