Sooo today I decided that due to the fact we now have 3 members in the dog family in our house it was time to do something about the waste problem!
The hot weather, levels of waste and plastic wheely bin on a fortnightly collection haven’t been making a good combo to be honest.
I saw a ready made version of a waste bin in the pet shop that you put in a hole in the garden to put the poop in. It consisted of a plastic bin with no base and holes up the sides and a lid for the princely sum of about £15!
I decided that I had to try to make one instead!
So the hunt began, I needed a cheap plastic bin with a well fitting lid.
As is always the way I couldn’t find one! Eventually I found a slightly knackered metal peddle bin in a charity shop for the grand total of £1.50-bargain!
So I set to work. The inner part of the bin came out and is a rather attractive galvanised bucket thing I may fashion into a planter at a later date.
That left me with no bottom on the bin-result.
I then needed to remove the pedal so I could bury it properly, and also remove the lid so it would be operable without the peddle. Both as it happened were easy, a bit of a wiggle of the screwdriver and the metal rods holding them both on came out easily. The pedal going and removing the lid bracket then have me a couple more holes to help with drainage.
Then to dig the hole. This took AGES! I decided to dig it near a tree as I figured it would be more free draining(?) forgot about roots…. But I am stubborn. It just took a while! Dug it deeper than the bin so I could put a layer of rocks in the bottom. Then placed the bucket in top. Then put more rocks in the bottom and around the sides.
Then back filled around the sides with soil.
The lid can now be used ‘backwards’ using the silver ring thing to lift the lid off.
Filled it with a bit of waste then put in some septic tank activator stuff. Other half says this will speed up the break down of the stuff…
Now to paint it black to camouflage it a bit!!
After a lot if hard digging I am happy with it. I hope it works!
I will not be using the by product as a compost. I believe that it is ok to use on ornamental plants, but not edibles. The limited research I have done on this seems to show that it is due to the temperatures in the dog waste not reaching a hot enough temperature to kill whatever gross stuff is in there.
I just think it is all gross and am hoping that it will all just rot through the bucket so I don’t have to think about it! Anyway please research before you decide to use this gross shizzle anywhere!