Dog ownership has skyrocketed in recent years, in part, due to COVID-19 and new work-from-home arrangements making it an opportune time to look after a young puppy.
What this means for councils and businesses is an increased demand for pet-friendly facilities especially those found at dog parks.
A well-equipped dog park can have many benefits for its community. Not only do they provide our four-legged friends with space to run, train, and socialise, but dog owners also benefit by being out in nature and interacting with other fellow dog owners. These benefits have seen visits to dog parks increase substantially and that means an increased demand for waste management services such as dog waste removal.
Cleaning up after dogs is not only the responsibility of the owner but also maintenance workers who often take the contents of bins to landfill. But this doesn’t bode well for a sustainable and eco-friendly society, especially when dog waste itself is a compostable product. What is needed is a way for dog owners to dispose of their dog’s waste in a sustainable way which can be achieved with an innovative new product – The Doggie Dunnie.
What makes the Doggie Dunnie a dog park must-have is the ability for the decontamination of dog waste so that maintenance workers can dispose of the contents in an eco-friendly way. Dog owners can use a compostable dog bag to pick up the waste before easily threading it through the maze chute at the top of the bin. Once at the end of the maze the dog bag is dropped into the centre of the bin where it is collected inside a bin lined and ready to be composted.
The unique maze design is what stops the cross-contamination of non-recyclable products from entering the bin and therefore the contents can be confidently sent for recycling instead of landfill.
Urban+ Western Australia Distributor, Andrew Wynne, says the development of the Doggie Dunnie will solve part of the landfill issue councils all across Australia are currently facing and will help drive the circular economy.
“On average, dogs can require between five to six collection bags if you were to walk it three times a week. Previously, that would have been five to six plastic bags which would have ended up in landfill,” Andrew says.
The simple 3 step process for dog owners is clearly labelled on the side of the bin and recent installations in several council parks, caravan parks and recreational sporting areas have all proven successful.
Available in a 55L lined option or 120L and 240L wheelie bin sizes, the Doggie Dunnie has been designed to easily fit in with existing infrastructure and council funding so that there is no need to reinvent the wheel.