Can I recycle food waste and dog waste in one Worm Bin?

by Chris
(Philadelphia, PA)

I am finally about to start my first worm bin with the main intention of using it to dispose my dog's waste.


Can I combine pet waste with food waste from the kitchen into one worm bin?

My main concern is to recycle at home and to reduce organic waste going to a land fill. I'm less concerned with using the composting end-product. I've read that pet waste and food waste should be kept in separate bins and was wondering if and why that was necessary?

Answer?

Hello Chris,

congratulations on starting to recycle your dog poop and food waste with the help of earthworms. It is an environmentally friendly way to manage organic waste and is fun as well.

It is perfectly fine to recycle dog poop and food waste in the same worm bin. As a matter of fact you can feed a wide range of organic materials to your worm herd as long as you don't add to much acidic matter to it.

The reason why many people suggest to recycle your dog poop and food waste in separate worm farms is the fact that most people want to use the produced worm tea and worm castings to fertilize their fruit- and vegetable plants in their garden. There is a concern that dog waste that has been fed to earthworms and converted into worm castings might still contain some harmful pathogens which could have a negative impact on crops that have been fertilized with it.

I am no scientist but I would imagine that plants that have been grown in worm castings that have been produced in a worm bin that contained dog poop as well as other organic materials are still healthier than fruits that have been sprayed with chemical pesticides before they are sold in our grocery stores.

But as you don't intend to use the worm castings produced in your worm farm to grow edible plants there is no reason for you not to recycle both food waste and dog poop in only one worm farm.

I wish you all the best for your worm farming project

Kind regards

Stephan Kloppert
Author of "How to start a profitable worm business on a shoestring budget"

Editor
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