Did you know that according to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service a typical dog produces 274 pounds of waste each year! This is not a pleasant thought and picking up after your pooch is a probably the worst part of pet ownership but it is the reality. While animal wastes are one of the quickest degrading substances, if you use a plastic bag the bag will take up to 100 years to break down. Instead of using plastic, why not try BioBags. These are corn-based and “certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute to break down in a matter of days.” Ideally the bags work best in aerobic landfills which are churned up. Another option is “to compost the biodegradable bags, and their contents, at home or in a local community garden.” Warning, compost from animal waste should never be used on anything edible. For more information on composting dog wastes, visit this site.