Composting dog poop of 300 dogs


(Greece)

Composting dog poo in a worm bin

Composting dog poo in a worm bin

Hi there,

I am currently volunteering at a dog rescue centre in Greece, there are 300 dogs here and never enough funds!

I had the idea of turning the dog poo into compost as a way to deal with the waste and create much needed money for the dogs.

But I'm sure you can understand that's a lot of poo to deal with every day. I wouldn't even know where to start something on such a scale.
What kind of space would be required for this quantity.

Given that it gets very hot here in the summer and has very mild winters. Would this effect the time it would take to have a finished worm compost? Thanks.

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Re; feeding poop of 300 dogs to earthworms
by: Stephan

Hi,

yes I am aware that dogs produce a lot of poop on a daily basis. With your 300 dogs you can expect a daily amount of more than 100kg of dog poop every day.

To recycle that amount of waste on a daily basis you would need an area of about 100 meter square just for the composting and about 900 000 worms. It sounds a lot but it can all be done. Keep in mind that the space required can be reduced if you recycle in worm bins that are stackable which would allow you to compost the dog waste on a much smaller space.

If you can't recycle everything in the beginning don't worry! Start small and as the worms multiply you will be able to feed them more and more. The finished worm compost or worm castings make an excellent soil conditioner and plant food for all lawns and decorative plants and trees.

The warm temperatures are good in general you just should protect the worms for overheating. All that and more information how to start a worm business can be found in my book. It's a small investment and you should be able to rake in much more than this in a short time.

Kind regards

Stephan Kloppert

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

Editor of www.worm-composting-help.com

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