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Are Dog Poop Bags Compostable? Let’s Dig In!

by | 24 June 2023

As responsible dog parents, we’re always on the prowl for ways to make our pet care practices more sustainable. One question that often pops up (or should we say poops up) is: Are dog poop bags compostable? Let’s unleash the truth and find out!

Are Dog Poop Bags Compostable?

The Tale of Compostable Dog Poop Bags

Believe it or not, dog poop bags can indeed be compostable! But don’t go tossing any old bag into your compost pile just yet. Only bags explicitly labelled as compostable are truly, well, compostable.

In Australia, we have some strict standards for what can be called compostable. There are two: AS 4736 for industrial composting and AS 5810 for home composting. A product must pass these tests to be certified compostable, and these aren’t your ordinary dog obedience tests—they’re legal government standards.

Australian Composting Logo's
Australian Composting Logo’s

The AS 5810 home composting certification is the hardest to achieve. To become certified, the dog poop bag must be 90% gone in 90 days and 100% gone in just 180 days, and that’s pawsome if you as us.  

The Greenwashing Game

If a dog poop bag is advertised as degradable or biodegradable but doesn’t mention being compostable, chances are it’s not. These bags are likely just plastic poop bags dressed up in green to sound eco-friendly—a practice known as greenwashing. It’s a bit like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, except it’s a plastic bag in green marketing. And beware of brands with eco-friendly-sounding names that are really just selling plastic poop bags. If it doesn’t say compostable, it’s not.

Oh Crap’s Commitment

Here at Oh Crap, we’re all about keeping things real and green. We only sell compostable dog poo bags. So if it’s one of ours, you know you’re getting the real deal. No greenwashing, no plastic, just genuinely compostable poop bags that are good for you, your dog, and the planet.


When it comes to choosing the best poop bags for your dog and the environment, compostable is the way to go. But remember to keep an eye out for those sneaky marketing terms and always look for the compostable certification.

With Oh Crap, you can rest assured that you’re making a paws-itive choice for the environment. So, next time your furry friend does their business, you can clean up with confidence, knowing that you’re doing your part to keep our planet clean. After all, there’s no poop scoop like a compostable poop scoop!

<a href="" target="_self">Henry Reith</a>

Henry Reith

Henry is proud to be one of the crapologists at Oh Crap, and specialises in crap jokes & sharing paw-some content.

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