In Australia, our big supermarkets are about to switch to being plastic bag free. I’m all for this, but I regularly use the bags to dispose of icky kitty litter and was hoping I could get some suggestions as to more environmentally friendly (and hopefully cheap) options?
We’re feeling those pains all over the U.S., too. While I’m all for green-ing up the place, it does make trashing that used litter really challenging. Sure you could try just scooping the litter into your trash can or using waxed paper bags or something similar, but it doesn’t do much to quell the smell.
Compostable veggie-based bags
My solution has been compostable litter bags (more available from the States if that’s an option for you). I use this brand specifically since I have two prolific cats. They’re vegetable based, which is not ideal still, but better than polyethylene bags. This means you can also compost it. Here’s how our readers have done it.
Other types of plastic bags
Alternately, you could try something like a Litter Genie, which comes with bags that you’ll use less frequently than regular bags. You could also try saving the plastic wrapping from other household items (like paper towels, diapers, vegetable bags, etc.) and using that to collect the litter.
Lastly, there’s the hardest solution: toilet training! Yep, not really an option for some cats, but worth mentioning anyway.
Other than that, the world doesn’t seem to have figured out what to do with litter sans plastic bags at this point, at least from my research. I’m hoping they invent a powder or spray that poofs it into nonexistence. But alas, not yet.
Let’s take it to the streets…
Homies! What are YOUR solutions for the cat litter (or dog pewp) plastic bag dilemma?