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Old 05-11-08, 04:17 PM   #1
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Puppy poop pickup problem

Now that we have 2 pups producing twice as many poops, I'm starting to feel guilty about the environment. We typically use small plastic bags when we take them on walks. Obviously not good for the environment as they gather at the landfill.

Does anyone have a better solution? I'm wondering if there is a biodegradable type bag available ... or any other type of solution.
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OK Folks, remember me being questioned about why the "green movement" annoys me? This is why.

Poop is biodegradable.
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Try these, Alfster. twahl, poop is biodegradable, of course, but the plastic bags most people use to pick up said poop are not.
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OK Folks, remember me being questioned about why the "green movement" annoys me? This is why.

Poop is biodegradable.
So you'd be OK with me leaving a bunch of poop on your yard. Cool! Where do you live?
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Try these, Alfster. twahl, poop is biodegradable, of course, but the plastic bags most people use to pick up said poop are not.
That's exactly what I'm looking for ... and not too expensive. I'm going to check our local stores if they have something similar.

But I'm still looking for other ideas??? Aside from leaving the poop on twahl's front yard
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OK Folks, remember me being questioned about why the "green movement" annoys me? This is why.

Poop is biodegradable.
Not poop with corn.
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Grass + poop = better grass
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OK Folks, remember me being questioned about why the "green movement" annoys me? This is why.

Poop is biodegradable.
Yes, but while it's waiting to degrade it hosts lots of nasty diseases like e-coli, giardia, and Parvo, plus worms. These are not things I want in my parks and common areas where they can get passed on to my dog and other people's children. Nor are they things I want washing into the creeks and lakes when it rains.

Plus it's gross.

Unless you were suggesting poop bags made of poop which would be genius!

OP, what about just picking it up with newspaper and depositing it in a trash can? This usually works for me.

EDIT: I don't know if you're in the big city, but I often also use the discarded bags, papers, and fast food/starbucks cups that fill the gutters. cleans up the streets a little and uses waste that's already heading to the landfill (with luck).
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Think "biodegrade" rather than "throw away" and you're headed in the right direction.

Doggy Dooley

or better yet check out the in ground system.

These things have been around longer than the green movement.
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Yes, but while it's waiting to degrade it hosts lots of nasty diseases like e-coli, giardia, and Parvo, plus worms. These are not things I want in my parks and common areas where they can get passed on to my dog and other people's children. Nor are they things I want washing into the creeks and lakes when it rains.

Plus it's gross.

Unless you were suggesting poop bags made of poop which would be genius!

OP, what about just picking it up with newspaper and depositing it in a trash can? This usually works for me.

EDIT: I don't know if you're in the big city, but I often also use the discarded bags, papers, and fast food/starbucks cups that fill the gutters. cleans up the streets a little and uses waste that's already heading to the landfill (with luck).
+1. I will confront poopy people who let their dogs drop a deuce in my yard and leave it there.
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OK I did not think about the take them on walks part. For some reason I was thinking the OP was picking up puppy poo in his own yard. just dont pay any attention to me.
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Uh-boy - I remember visiting my sister years ago in TX - where she and husband lived in an apartment/condo complex - with a golden retriever. They would take the dog out into the back yard - and let be out there (on a chain) for a while and it was DOG PILE HEAVEN out there. Her husband's solution? Instead of picking them up (and the area smelled awful) - he too out the hose and "melted" them into the grass/ground. His comment too was - good for the grass.



ugh. Thanks, just what I want to walk on.

I didn't review a couple of the links above but I know if you google some systems for disposing of and/or composting(?) the poos - there are systems available that won't cramp the wallet.

BTW sir, PUPPY PICS are needed! Send some of those cuties our way!!
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Help the Environment as the Bags Totally and Harmlessly Degrade into H20 & C02Each box of Scoopies holds 30 individually folded, easily dispensed, white, mitt-shaped bags. Feel warm and fuzzy knowing that you are helping the environment as the bags totally and harmlessly degrade into H20 and C02 within 18 months. The small portable box fits easily into a purse or pocket so you are never caught “not” holding the bag! Why not let Fido do the work? The box loops onto his leash or collar!

Isn't CO2 a greenhouse gas?
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The doggie bags I use from Petco are biodegradeable. There are others too, like the ones in post #14.

If you are assuming the bags you use are not biodegradeable and they are made for dogs, read the package very carefully or try the web site. They might be.

I use both of these......

PETCO Waste Bag Dispenser with Bags
Cool silver dispenser with reflective sides
Easily and securely attaches to any leash
Convenient, fast, easy clean up
30 biodegradeable bags included
Refill bags available


http://www.petco.com/product/104184/...with-Bags.aspx




Bags on Board Doggie Clean Up Bags Refill Rolls
Fits Bags on Board dispensers
100% biodegradable
Strong & durable
Leak proof
Double seal construction

http://www.petco.com/product/104181/...ill-Rolls.aspx

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OP, what about just picking it up with newspaper and depositing it in a trash can? This usually works for me.

EDIT: I don't know if you're in the big city, but I often also use the discarded bags, papers, and fast food/starbucks cups that fill the gutters. cleans up the streets a little and uses waste that's already heading to the landfill (with luck).
I've used discarded trash before to pick up poops, however there aren't too many on our regular walk ... thank goodness. Newspaper would be OK if there were enough garbage cans along the way to throw it out OFTEN. Terriers have nasty smelling poops.
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Think "biodegrade" rather than "throw away" and you're headed in the right direction.

Doggy Dooley

or better yet check out the in ground system.

These things have been around longer than the green movement.
Leaching into the ground would be OK. Wonder what the smell is like for a backyard? However it still doesn't help me on my walks with the dogs.
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I'll get right on it.
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I've used discarded trash before to pick up poops, however there aren't too many on our regular walk ... thank goodness. Newspaper would be OK if there were enough garbage cans along the way to throw it out OFTEN. Terriers have nasty smelling poops.
I might have posted or edited my post while you were typing. Problem is now over.
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An item from the City of Seattle:

Scoop it up and flush it down the toilet. That's best because then your community sewage treatment plant or your septic system treats the pet waste


They go on to mention other approaches.
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I never clean up the back yard. i have 3 dogs. I have a mulching blade on my lawn tractor and it chews it all up and speads it all over.
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I use Mutt Mitts which are another kind of biodegradable bag.
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I usually just use plastic bags, but I thought maybe you could just bring a little garden shovel with you. Cut a divot out of the sod next to the poop, push poop in, cover up the poop. I guess you'd have to some kind of case or something for the shovel afterward. Just a thought.

I bring a shovel with when I go camping, but I can dig the hole first. You have two jack russells, right? They might be smart enough (when they're a little older) to be trained to deuce in a hole you dig. My dog will pee on anything I tell him to, but I could never manage to train him to do that with ol' no.2

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I have one of the best looking lawns in the neighborhood for that very reason. However, you do have to use common sense. My next door neighbor has a .15 acre lawn, only part of which is accessible to his Great Dane. He needs to pick stuff up.

Depending on how things are disposed of, the value of biodegradability is easy to exaggerate. Lots of biodegradable things that make it to the landfill don't actually break down because of lack of oxygen and other factors. Plus, the landfill fills up anyway, and any biodegradable leavings will be mixed with plenty of other things that aren't or that our outright poisonous.
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OK Folks, remember me being questioned about why the "green movement" annoys me? This is why.

Poop is biodegradable.
Poop is being picked up because it's an annoyance to people who step on it or who find it unwelcome on their front lawn, not because of some environmental initiative.
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