It may sound weird, but composting dog poop on your balcony is possible! And much easier than you think. We know that you are worried about bad smells, but don't worry: we have it under control!
Do you want to discover how to make a good compost that includes dog poop on your balcony?
How to compost dog poop in your balcony
Living in a small apartment does not mean that you cannot reduce your carbon footprint and also obtain wonderful compost for your small garden.
No matter how small your balcony is, you can create a composter bin suitable for the available space.
Of course, you won't be able to compost all of your dog's poop, but a little bit. Even so, any reduction is good for the planet!
To create your own DIY compost bin for the balcony, you can use flowerpots, a wooden box, or a trash can; of course, you can also create a small compost bin or vermicomposter.
If you opt for a homemade compost bin, you need to make holes in the base of the container, 10 cm from the base, and 10 cm from the edge to allow the waste to air, in addition, we advise you to cover it with dry leaves.
What do you need to prepare your compost?
1. A little soil: you can use new soil or soil that you have in a pot.
2. Nitrogen-rich materials:
- dog poop
- grass clippings
- vegetables and fruits scraps
3. Carbon-rich materials:
- chopped straw or hay
- fallen leaves
5. A stick (or similar, to be able to stir the compost)
6. A bin
7. A shove
8. A pair of gloves
NOTE: It is not recommended adding meat to the compost or citrus fruits. It is possible to add a little citrus peel, but not too much due to its acidity. If it is the first time that you prepare compost, better avoid them.
Assembling the composter for your balcony
Once you have all the materials, it is time to get down to work and start making your compost.
To prepare it, you will have to layer the different elements, as if they were a lasagna!
- First, put an earth base of about 3 centimeters in the bin.
- Then, add 3 centimeters of organic waste: this is where fruit and vegetable waste comes in, your furry friend's poop (loose or with 100% plastic-free and compostable bags like Give a Sh!t), and green leaves or grass. Keep in mind that you should always wear a pair of gloves when handling your dog's poop and, therefore, this compost.
- Lastly, place the sawdust, the newspaper and dry leaves, and gently moisten them.
- Continue adding a layer of nitrogen-rich materials and then a layer of carbon-rich materials until the container is full.
- Then cover it. Dog poop compost takes about 4 months to be ready, although it may take longer depending on the particular conditions of your city and the materials incorporated (large branches need more time to clear, for example).
- Use the thermometer to check the temperature. When you see that it goes down, stir the compost (about every two weeks).
- Repeat this process until the temperature is stable: your compost is ready!
IMPORTANT: remember that the compost made with dog poop should not be used on vegetables or fruits that you plan to consume later. It is ideal for feeding your plants and flowers.
Government organic disposal services
Another option is to find out if your city government is implementing organic waste disposal services. Some cities like New York or Portland have them: their brown box program offers a starter kit that includes the composter bin. In addition, they collect waste so that it does not occupy all the space in your home.
Is it clear to you how to compost dog poop on your balcony? It's much easier than you thought, so what if?