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Old 07-19-2016, 01:06 AM   #57
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Composting, when done correctly, kills off pathogens. Not sure why human and animal waste is not included in your organic waste collection. Flushing waste when water is in such short supply seems... sad.

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I suspect there're several reasons. One, local legislators may not believe it will necessarily be done correctly. Two, public health officials tend to err on the side of caution. Three, the general public probably doesn't know a lot about how they work. People fear what they don't understand.

They are already being used in public facilities in areas where water is not available, such as popular Grand Canyon trails below the rim and at least one highway rest stop. The photo shows a beautiful facility at the bottom of Salt River Canyon about an hour from my home. I don't think most people are even aware it's a composting design. Like a vault toilet, minus the smell. None.

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As water supplies dwindle in many areas of the continent, I've no doubt we'll all be learning more as time goes on.
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Composting, when done correctly, kills off pathogens. Not sure why human and animal waste is not included in your organic waste collection. Flushing waste when water is in such short supply seems... sad.
Our municipal compost program accepts anything organic. From the kitchen this is any wastes of vegetable or meat, even tissue and paper towel, and from the yard any and all waste including dog bombs.

They do not mention human waste in their guidelines, in fact there is no reason you could not compost it with the program, but I suspect collection might be an issue with most.
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Steve..the bear pic and implication is TOO funny

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#62 postings about going potty. What a popular subject
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The solids are pretty indistinguishable from dog bombs after the sawdust or sphagnum has desiccated it a bit. So I guess that may be the answer, folks. If the composting powers-that-be don't expressly forbid it, go for it. If they do forbid it, follow your conscience.

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Its the collection and handling of the poop to get it to the large public composting faciltiy that is the health issue & why it is not permitted in general garbage and or the designated curb side composting bins.

Nothing stopping people from putting the doggy and cat pop into their own back yard composter as many do

Also know a number of folks who have tapped into their sewage line in their back yard and simple drop the doggy down into it. Same as you would do if you were to set up your own RV dump station at home.

No water wasted in either case.
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A previous long thread on the topic was very enlightening to many.
When I read that last thread I thought, man I haven't seen trash rules so strict since I was on Vancouver Island. Then I saw you were from BC and the bulb went off.

Trash rules in the rest of North America are not like BC, most are not even close. Maybe we will catch up some day, maybe we won't.
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When I read that last thread I thought, man I haven't seen trash rules so strict since I was on Vancouver Island. Then I saw you were from BC and the bulb went off.

Trash rules in the rest of North America are not like BC, most are not even close. Maybe we will catch up some day, maybe we won't.
I don't think Alberta is that much different with the rules and regulations regarding recycling, compost, etc. Sometimes it seems to vary from one municipality to another.

What I have noticed with travelling through the US, is a lack of recycling containers at campgrounds. It seems everything goes into the garbage.
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My buddy has 4 dogs and during the
winter it's hard to clean up after them especially if we get a foot of snow . Come Spring he shovels up the mess into a 55 gallon metal drum , mixes the waste with sawdust , adds some fuel oil and burns everything up into ash . Then he spreads the ash on his fields and plants a cover crop.
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Allot of progressive areas in the lower 48 require that the trash be sorted at the refuse center or separated at the home and it still gets sorted at the refuse center. If you look at the financial reports from waste haulers they make far more money on recyclables than the fees they get on dumping trash as a service. In my area they want us to sort our trash but then they have issues with street urchins walking off with the cream of their crop. So much so they have laws restricting access to the recycle cans but the trash can itself is fair game. These laws don't work well at the street level.
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I don't think Alberta is that much different with the rules and regulations regarding recycling, compost, etc. Sometimes it seems to vary from one municipality to another.

What I have noticed with travelling through the US, is a lack of recycling containers at campgrounds. It seems everything goes into the garbage.
I haven't been through much of Canada, but really enjoyed Vancouver Island. The amount of time we spent on separating and packaging trash was absurd, but I think a lot of that was because we were unaccustomed to doing so.

In Texas we have recycling bins at our home, but the don't have us separate, so I question whether it doesn't all just go into the same dump. Like you said, may vary widely by locality.
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When I read that last thread I thought, man I haven't seen trash rules so strict since I was on Vancouver Island. Then I saw you were from BC and the bulb went off.

Trash rules in the rest of North America are not like BC, most are not even close. Maybe we will catch up some day, maybe we won't.
Yup the Province of BC's slogan is "Super Natural British Columbia". In order to keep it that way there needs to be some rules.

As Jim mentioned I do not believe we are the only place in NA with such rules. In fact I know we are not. Have been to a number of places in the US with many of the same rules. But like Jim I am also taken by surprise as to how many places in the US little is taking place in regards to even the most basic recycling. Have been known to pack around a lot of recyclable items all seperated out in the back of the vehicle, until I hit a place I can recycle them. I know I am not the only person who travels through the states doing that - I know more than a few American's that do it as well.
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