Updated: Jun 14
Addressing the environmental impacts of pet waste goes beyond simply picking up after your dog. While picking up dog waste helps minimize odour, keeps the environment clean, and reduces the risk of disease transmission, it does not prevent the waste from ending up in landfills and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2020, the London City municipality in Canada made a backyard pet waste digester designed to handle organic waste available to residents. This digester is buried in the ground and can effectively turn pet waste into valuable nutrients for the soil. It offers an easy installation process, a discreet design, and residents can purchase the Bardmatic Digester for $20. This is a substantial discount down from $150.
The unit is available for purchase on the official website for the City of London, Ontario. It is made of 100% black recycled polyethylene as black is the optimal colour for heat absorption from the sun. For more information and for London residents to purchase one, please visit their website here.
News feature provided by Matthew Lawrence Djuhadi, Cassidy Dodson, Abby Hoffmann and Jade Woods, students at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia
Bardmatic Digestor image at https://kawarthanow.com/2018/02/22/backyard-digester/