This weekend I am planning on deconstructing some pallets and creating a compost bin for our cat’s litter. We use recycled newspaper litter (a thirty pound bag lasts an average of 8 weeks) and it, the cat’s deposits, and my studio trash (generally composed of packing tape when printing a lot) are the major contents of our garbage. While there are lots of people that don’t advise composting cat feces OR litter, I’ve done some research and am going to try to be smart about it.
Let me be clear that I won’t be composting the cat feces, just the litter. After that the key is to let it get hot enough, or in my case, let it sit long enough that all potential pathogens are killed. From what I’ve read that means waiting a year or so. The other important step is to use it only on ornamentals and not on food crops. I’m going to give it whirl. Maybe it’ll work and maybe it won’t, but I’d love to keep the 200 lbs of litter we use each year out of the landfill. That would make me pretty darn happy.
I think the bin’s going to be 3x3x3 ft (the smallest that’s seems to be recommended) and will have a lid to keep critters out. That’s about the extent of my planning to date, but I am working on borrowing a reciprocating saw and a circular saw to make things move a little more efficiently than my shim and hammer (to deconstruct the pallets) and hand saw to trim the wood and miter the corners.
Perhaps with the help of Mr. Mate I’ll be able to finish it in two days. I’ll let you know.