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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-27-2007, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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What do you do with your used litter?

About once a month I dispose of about 25 pounds of used cat litter. That inclues 2 garbage bags to reinforce it. I have 2 litter boxes for my one cat.

The waste is such a waste! Can anything be done with it? Can it be recycled? I have children, so putting it in a garden (if anyone does that) is out of the question.

What do all of you do?

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-27-2007, 11:02 PM
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Wet litter sure is heavy, isn't it? I live out in the "boonies" and there's no trash pick-up. We have to take our trash to a "transfer station" where we throw it down into a trailer that takes it to a dump. One of my neighbors has nine cats and spends probably $15/month at the station just in cat litter weight. I, on the other hand, put mine around trees and bushes (no kids here ).

When I used regular litter, I took it into wooded areas (I have 12 acres). Then I switched to scoopable and I hated it, because it never seemed to dissolve and turned into cement. Now that I use chicken feed, I fertilize the shrubbery with it. One rain and it's gone!

There are "flushable" litters. That might work for you as you have just one "cat's worth" of litter. I'm not sure I trust the 'flushability', though. I have a septic system instead of public sewers, and I'd be afraid of messing it up. I'd bet any money that the chicken feed could be flushed, as it is basically crushed corn, but with six cats, that's a lot of stuff to flush.

Since you have a garden, my suggestion would be (1) switch to a non-clay litter (corn, paper, or pine-based......but corn or paper would be best) and (2) compost the litter along with your other "compost-ables" for the garden.

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post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-27-2007, 11:21 PM
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I bag mine in the empty litter bags and put them out for trash pickup.

If you live within city or town limits there might be ordinances forbidding the composting of animal waste. We discussed this before, long ago, and composting was one suggestion I made, but it was shot down for the above reason, and because it might be considered biologically hazardous.

If local ordinances aren't a problem, then I wouldn't see any problem so long as you have an enclosed composter.
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post #4 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-28-2007, 02:26 AM
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I flush most of mine down the loo. Not had a problem so far
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I throw mine out onto the lawn. I use the poultry feed, so its great fertilizer!
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We throw it into a garbage bag and throw it in the garbage can and they pick it up. Not really any ordinances around here.

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flush it down the toilet

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post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-30-2007, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
 
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So you mean I could probably compost it with my yard waste (leaves and such)? I have a huge composte pile away from the house and I think I will check with the town to see if there are restrictions. Thanks for the information!

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I buy litter in the 35 pound plastic buckets, then use the empty buckets as "litter lockers", then when it's full, I just snap the lid on tight and set it out for trash pickup.
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I do the same thing as Mike from Ky.


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