If your dog is amenable to such training, the ideal would be to train her to poop on the newspaper/cardboard/junk mail. Maybe you'd have to slip it under her when she squats, and train her not to get startled and run away. Then just fold it up and off you go.
If you have any outdoor space, I heard someone tell about their worm bin for dog poop in a tropical country (Taiwan). He said he buried a bottomless bucket or similar pipe in the garden, with a lid. He put in some worm bedding material and some composting worms, then he just adds the poop from his two dogs every day. I think I remember him saying that the poop just disappears and you never have to move or empty the bin, and that he'd been using it for 10 years when he told us about it. Nearby plants or trees can use the nutrients. Or if preferred, after a couple of years you could pull up the bucket or pipe, dig a new spot in the garden for it, and cover the old spot with some soil from digging the new spot. Since worms can easily compost paper, newspaper, and cardboard, you could drop the whole package into the sunken worm bin.
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posted 6 months ago
I love the composting idea for the worms and I thought the newspaper idea under the butt effort weird at first (how the heck am I going to catch her in the act in time when I am constantly letting her off leash to roam) but I reckon the old gal is still trainable and therefore doable.
The Taiwan anecdote makes me think that I might be able to spread this idea to my landlord. They employ a dog poop removal service and I'm extremely aware now of all the plastic going in the garbage bin.
Went to a Tiny House information session (focused on composting toilets held by a guy who has changed law for the entire Province of BC with regards to that method of sanitation) and was informed by the knowledgable fellow that the biodegradable bags are made from two sources - plastic and vegetable. The disappearing plastic one never goes away, it just becomes smaller pieces of plastic and the vegetable based one is superior. The vegetable based ones identified in this thread seem like an excellent fit, but are $65 in Canada via Amazon for 60 count bags, with a little poop bag holder which is in my mind insane.
So, returning to newspaper and junk mail
Thanks again for all the efforts here, I feel a lifetime of choices changing. I live in a pretty hippie/ alternate thinking kind of city (within limits of course), so this may very slowly turn into a change of habits for others as they observe something more earth friendly.
posted 6 months ago
Well, today is a momentous day for me. I picked up all poop using a spade (from the grass) and put it in the centre of a junk mail spread. Sufficient to make a twist gift for the garbage bin, as well as strong enough to endure the transportation to the machines.
Landlord liked the idea too. In time, they may be open to trying the poop bucket thing. Who knows.
I feel so good not using plastic bags anymore. Honestly, it gives me a thrill