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Introducing: an outdoor toilet for dogs

A Michigan man thinks he has come up with a way to flush away the dog poop problem.

Curt Fournier, of GreenDog LLC, is ready to start marketing the “PowerLoo,” an outdoor, flushable toilet for dog waste.

It lists at $1,000 a unit, which I’m assuming includes the required tie-in to your home’s water and sewer lines.

The PowerLoo works just like an indoor toilet. It sits mostly below ground level and taps into sewer lines that lead to waste treatment centers. An optional heating unit to prevent freezing is available for colder climates, according to the Detroit Free Press.

You can view a commercial for the product at the PowerLoo website.

Fournier and his fiancée and business partner, Victoria Januszewski, say their product provides a solution to the environmental and health problems associated with dog poop. It’s set to launch next month.

“Both the Centers for Disease Control and Environmental Protection Agency say pet waste should be flushed down a toilet, but up until this point, there was really no safe or convenient way to do so. Carrying dog poop into your house can be unsafe, and not to mention gross,” Januszewski said.

“Vicki and I were getting tired of cleaning up the mess left by our two dogs and thought that being able to flush it down a toilet in the backyard would make things easier,” Fournier said.

Of course — unless you train your dog to do it – you still have to pick up the poop, carry it to the PowerLoo, open it and flush (both of which can be done with your foot), but otherwise, the company literature boasts, disposal of dog waste is “hands-free.”

“There are 75 million dogs in the U.S., and each produces, on average, one pound of waste per day,” Fournier said. “Most of it is either left on the ground, where it is exposed to humans and has the potential to contaminate water sources, or it gets thrown away in a plastic bag and ends up taking up space in a landfill.”

GreenDog expects to produce 500 PowerLoos in 2009. In addition to homeowners, the company hopes to market the PowerLoo to dog breeders, doggy day care centers and pet-friendly apartment complexes.

Comments

Comment from Mary Haight
Time May 24, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Hmmm…I guess if you can afford it, live in the countryside, and have an even climate, why not. (Can’t imagine how the flushing mechanisms would operate North of Chicago in winter.) Yet for those of us in cities, and since you must pick it up first anyway, using flushable bags isn’t so bad.

Comment from A Moore
Time May 26, 2009 at 10:42 am

Now they need to develop one of those robot vacuums, (roomba?), to pick up the poo and flush it down. They could call it the pooba.

Comment from skeptical
Time May 26, 2009 at 12:22 pm

The $1000 price tag does not include the sewer hook up.
You can make your own dog doo composter for about $20. (using a trash can, septic starter and some pea gravel.) It’s completely safe, sanitary and affordable. It has been studied extensively. Google: dog composter.

Comment from michael
Time June 13, 2009 at 1:37 pm

I pick up dog poop after my yorkie. It’s faily easy with a flushable dog pop bags that I use everyday. Google “flushable dog poop bags” and check out yourself.

I flush my dog’s poops down the toilet with a flushable doggy waste bag. Most eco-friendly way to get ride of poops.

The company is called Flush Doggy.

There are flushable dog poop bags. The best answer probably because dog poop can get treated just as your poop is.

Comment from Lisa
Time June 26, 2009 at 11:18 am

I think its a great idea! I’ve been reading reviews on the dog composters and some ppl say they have smell issues with it. Flushing it makes way more sense. And flushing without waste bags is also better for the environment (if you use a scooper and drop it right in the toilet).

Comment from Wendsong
Time August 3, 2013 at 12:32 am

If the lid would stay up, a dog could learn to use it. That would eliminate scooping altogether. If the lid were shaped as a funnel and laid flat down, it could be used for “p” as well, emptying into the hole as the swung up to close for the flush. If it were electrical, all of it would be automatic. Toto makes one for $2600 for humans. Why not an in-ground one for dogs?

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