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Dog Turds

CatM

Moderator
pwhole said:
Out of interest, thanks to those dog-owners who aren't insane, and actually do take their pet's crap home with them, or dispose of it in a dog-litter bin - where does it end up? It's far too meaty to be used as fertilizer, as pointed out already, but is there a process used by councils to render it more useful? I know human waste can be converted to bio-fuel and compost, but we're far more omnivorous than dogs. And what about cat-shit? Given that almost all is 100% meat-derived, and if dumped in a litter tray ends up as council-collected refuse, I presume this either ends up as landfill or is incinerated. But cats also shit a lot in people's gardens.

A friend of mine recently bought one of these: https://www.originalorganics.co.uk/wormeries/3-tray-standard-pet-dog-poo-wormery-green.html

The blurb suggests you can use it as a fertilizer - just not recommended to use on edible stuff!

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tony from suffolk

Well-known member
RobinGriffiths said:
from Wikipedia:

"After the hairs were loosened, the tanners scraped them off with a knife. Once the hair was removed, the tanners would "bate" (soften) the material by pounding dung into the skin, or soaking the skin in a solution of animal brains. Bating was a fermentative process which relied on enzymes produced by bacteria found in the dung. Among the kinds of dung commonly used were those of dogs or pigeons.[2] Sometimes, the dung was mixed with water in a large vat, and the prepared skins were kneaded in the dung water until they became supple from bacterial enzyme action, but not too soft. The ancient tanner might use his bare feet to knead the skins in the dung water, and the kneading could last two or three hours. This combination of urine, animal feces, and decaying flesh made ancient tanneries malodorous. Children employed as dung gatherers were a common sight in ancient cities. Also common were "piss-pots" located on street corners, where human urine could be collected for use in tanneries or by washerwomen."
?...Whilst the ancient tanner, dressed in his smoking jacket and paisley cravat, sipped on a glass of Grand Cru Chablis.?
 

rhychydwr1

Active member
To try and bring this topic back to caving.  May I suggest the following acronym:

Treorchy Underground Research Department.
 

ttxela2

Active member
pwhole said:
Out of interest, thanks to those dog-owners who aren't insane, and actually do take their pet's crap home with them, or dispose of it in a dog-litter bin - where does it end up? It's far too meaty to be used as fertilizer, as pointed out already, but is there a process used by councils to render it more useful? I know human waste can be converted to bio-fuel and compost, but we're far more omnivorous than dogs. And what about cat-shit? Given that almost all is 100% meat-derived, and if dumped in a litter tray ends up as council-collected refuse, I presume this either ends up as landfill or is incinerated. But cats also shit a lot in people's gardens.

A can't remember where I heard it, possibly on the radio? Anyhow somewhere a fellow has invented a lamp-post which runs off dog turds and placed it on a popular dog walk. It sounded like it had been quite successful, both in collecting poo and working as a light.
 

paul

Moderator
Looks like it's true: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/01/stools-to-fuels-street-lamp-runs-on-dog-poo-bio-energy-waste-
 

Maj

Active member
Aubrey said:
One of the great things about caving is you don't get dog turds underground.  (y)

p.s. this is a caving forum,?

https://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=21873.msg277833#msg277833
(April 2017) A couple of us cleared about a dozen dog poo bags from Star Shaft a few weeks ago. A couple of them had been washed down to the top of the second pitch.  :mad:

Maj.
 
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