It may sound crazy, given the one thing we’re all told as dog owners is that our four legged friend’s poop is harmful and full of nasty bacteria. But with the right gadgets and techniques, dog waste can be used for a renewable energy source. If anything, knowing that your dog’s multiple daily calls of nature can power your Game of Thrones marathon or provide the power needed to cook the family Sunday roast may act as an incentive to pick it up off our streets and public areas. But how does it work and are the tools necessary accessible to all?
One of these gadgets that has been trialled in some parts of the world is ‘Poo Poo Power’. To use the tool, dog owners place a biodegradable bag of dog waste inside the gadget, where sludge-eating bacteria belch out methane that is converted to power. The electricity is stored in detachable batteries that can be used around the house. Cool, huh? Although this system isn’t used widely around the world, we think it would solve a huge problem in term of cleaning up our streets AND discovering an alternative renewable energy source. We are literally saving the planet with methane!
Ever thought about composting your dog poo? Follow the simple steps to removing the harmful bacteria from your dog waste and use it to fertilise your garden! Put your dog poo to good use. According to some Chinese studies, you should make a pile of 1 part manure, 1 part green matter and 3 parts soil; cover the heap with a thick layer of clayey mud; and leave it until it’s ‘done’. However, we all know the dangers to children and pregnant women that cat and dog faeces threat, so never use this mixture or compost the faeces where children might play.
If your household generates vast amounts of doggy doo doo, you might want to invest in a digester or ‘Green Toilet’. They are installed outdoors and the main body of the ‘toilet’ remains underground, where it churns and liquefies the faeces (like a septic tank) and then drains the liquid back into the surrounding soil. It can’t be a cheap solution, but if you have two or more dogs that produce a lot of the stinky stuff, it might be worth looking into the cost effectiveness of having a system such as this on your property. It’s got to be better than bagging and throwing out with the rubbish, thus creating more waste that will end up on our landfill sites.
In a world that is constantly thinking about renewing, recycling and streamlining waste management, some of these solutions for reusing your dog’s waste may be a useful exercise. Do you compost your dog poo? Do you have a ‘Green Toilet’ installed? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Are there any drawbacks and would you recommend to other fellow dog owners? Please use the comments box below to submit your stories.