JoAnne Skelly

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March 20, 2012
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How to compost dog waste safely

A typical dog puts out 274 pounds of waste per year, about 3/4 of a pound per day, according to Environmental Protection Agency estimates. Dog waste pollutes ground and surface water, attracts flies, smells and transmits parasites and infectious diseases. Natural Resource Conservation Service research suggests dog waste can be composted and become a safe soil additive if temperatures get high enough during composting to kill parasites and disease organisms (pathogens). It's essential to carefully follow the process below to ensure the resulting compost will be safe to use.

Making compost requires nitrogen-rich components such as the dog waste and …

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