Posted by Norman Fong, November 11th, 2013
Dog waste is a public health issue. Keeping parks and streets clean is an important problem that needs to be addressed daily. Our dog needs to use these bags one to two times each day. Over the lifetime of the average dog, we will uses 5,000 of these. Multiply that by the number of dogs in the US and you have a ton of dog waste.
Dog Waste Bags
Saw man’s best friend doing his business the other day, and the owner responsibly picking up the waste with a reused plastic bag. Petroleum based plastic bags take forever to decay. Biodegrabable dog waste bags made of starch are available that degrade in only 90 days to 18 months. If these bags reach the landfill, they will take even longer decompose. Landfills are designed to protect the environment and prevent leakage, so it is hard for air and liquids to circulate, which help facilitate biodegradation. When organic matter decays in a landfill, it usually creates the greenhouse gas methane. Make sure dog droppings are not put into the compost bin.