Select Page

Out with the Old, In with the New: Managing Your Dog Poop Bag Stock

by | 12 May 2024

Hello, dog lovers! Ever found an old roll of dog poop bags in the back of your car, in your spare dog poop bag holder or tucked away in a coat pocket? It’s like discovering buried treasure, except sometimes it’s more of a “ruff” surprise when they’re not up to snuff. Today, we’re digging into why it’s important to keep your new Oh Crap bags separate from the old, ensuring they’re always ready to tackle your pup’s business.

Whether you’re at the park, on a road trip, or just out for a daily walk, having a reliable poop bag is crucial. But did you know that mixing up old and new bags can lead to a messy situation? Just like chocolate that has a best-before date, our compostable bags have a prime-before time too! Let’s “paws” and consider the need to sort through our stash to keep things fresh and functional.

This guide isn’t just about keeping your dog poop bags in check; it’s about making the most of the products you trust to be kind to the planet. From the material we use to the best ways to store them, we’ve got the scoop on keeping your poop bags in peak poop-picking condition.

Product Integrity and Shelf Life

Our compostable dog poop bags are designed with the environment in mind, but they aren’t immortal. Unlike plastic or biodegradable poop bags (which are just plastic with an eco-friendly sounding name) that last forever, compostable dog poop bags have a shorter shelf life. We suggest rolls are best before 1 year from purchase

We suggest only buying what you will use in the next year. Yes, a mega poop pack may save you some money short term, but if it’s sitting at the back of the cupboard for a couple of year years on end, you might end up with unusable rolls. 

Storage Tips

Now, let’s talk storage. To extend the life of your poop bags, keep them in a cool, dry place. Avoid leaving them in your car where temperatures can fluctuate wildly, as this can hasten degradation. Check our detailed guide here for more “paw-some” tips on keeping your bags at their best.

Sorting Old and New Stock

We know life can get hectic, and it’s easy to toss new rolls of bags in with the old. However, taking a moment to organise your supplies can save you from a “crappy” situation. Use clear containers or separate compartments in your pet care drawer to keep new rolls distinctly separate. This small step can make a big difference in maintaining bag quality.

Environmental Impact

As a family-owned business, we are proud to be a part of our #OhCrapFamily’s eco-respectful, non-wasteful approach to life. Using our bags within their intended lifespan ensures their reliability and maximises their environmental benefit. Even though they are compostable, throwing away unusable rolls seems a waste of resources and money. 

Customer Stories

Some of our customers have shared their experiences with mixing old and new bags, often with messy outcomes. Like Bella from Brisbane, who found an old roll in her beach bag and faced a mid-walk mishap. 

Or Kate, who recently moved house, found an unused box and threw her remaining rolls in with her latest order. She dropped us a message and after some investigating, she found the rolls were actually from 2020. The 4-year-old rolls were years past our suggested best-before date and were not in good condition, causing an issue on the morning run with her furry friend. 

Stories like these remind us all to check and double-check our doggie bag stocks.


How long can I store my compostable dog poop bags? 

Generally, it’s best to use them within a year of purchase to ensure they perform well. 

Can I still use my old dog poop bags if they’ve been stored for over a year? 

You can… but be cautious as they may not perform as expected. They can last longer than the 1-year mark when stored in optimal conditions, but it’s always better to use newer bags when available.

Are there environmentally friendly ways to dispose of old compostable bags? 

Yes! If they’re past their prime, consider using them in non-critical, less messy applications around the house or check out this post for other ways to use dog poop bags apart from just picking up your furry friends’ business.


To wrap it up, managing your dog poop bag stock is more than just a chore; it’s a crucial step in responsible pet ownership and environmental stewardship. By keeping old and new bags sorted and understanding the shelf life of our products, you can avoid any unsavoury accidents and make each walk a breath of fresh air.

Ready to get your poop bags in order? Start by checking those old stashes around your home and car, and organise them today. Your future self (and your pup) will thank you!

Do you have any tips on how you keep your supplies in tip-top shape? Share them in the comments below or on our social media – we’d love to hear how you’re doing your part!

<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.

Related Posts


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *