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Use biodegradable bags for pets

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From page A6 | February 11, 2014 | 3 Comments

Here is an easy solution for Marjorie Sorenson, who was concerned about dog walkers’ easy access to plastic bags to clean up after their dogs: Purchase biodegradable bags that are made for picking up their pets’ deposits. There are several brands easy to find in stores and online, and even come sized for the dog and its expected output. Large ones can be obtained for backyard cleanup, too!

Biodegradable poop bags are a better choice whether plastic bags are available or not.
Kathy Friebertshauser
Davis

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  • Rich RifkinFebruary 11, 2014 - 11:13 am

    Kathy, you have been had. Those "biodegradable" poop bags are a fraud. They will not biodegrade in a landfill. They need a source of oxygen and moisture to biodegrade, and once buried, they would have neither. They will not degrade any more than a plastic bag in those conditions would. ............ You could use the fraud bags to turn your backyard dog waste into compost. However, there are very serious problems trying that, due to the meats and fats in a dog's diet. You would attract rodents and flies and other pests; and you would suffer from a horrible smell for a very long time. No one should ever put meats, fats or any dog poop in their compost. It is a terrible idea.

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  • February 11, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    I've seen golf tees made of cornstarch, why not create bags from the same material?

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  • Rich RifkinFebruary 11, 2014 - 4:40 pm

    So-called biodegradable poop bags are made of corn product, too. But, again, if you bury them in a landfill with no oxygen, they will not biodegrade. As such, there is no point not using petroleum-based grocery bags, which cost far less to make, for dog poop.

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