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Cat Litter Disposal

Apologies if this has been asked before, but new to Switzerland and I don't want to fall foul of the waste disposal rules here, so...... how do I dispose of used cat litter? Which bag is appropriate, if any?
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Re: Cat Litter Disposal

Do you live in a flat or do you have a garden where you can have a compost bin?

We swtiched to wood pellets for litter, when we had an elderly indoor cat- got rid of solids in WC and put the rest in compost bin, making sure we had other layers each time, grass clipping, prunings, corrugated cardboard, leaves, etc.

Not sure for Zurich- but here we pay for wste disposal by weight- and as wet cat litter is heavy- it would be a nightmare.
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Re: Cat Litter Disposal

regular rubbish....
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Do you live in a flat or do you have a garden where you can have a compost bin?
Most cat litters are mineral (e.g. the clumping litter is usually made of diatomite, a sedimentary rock), and therefore not suitable for most composting bins. As DL21 said, it's safer (and most often than not the only solution) to dispose of it with the regular rubbish.

Source: I worked for a petcare company that developed and sold a major brand of cat litter.
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Re: Cat Litter Disposal

I hope regular rubbish is fine otherwise I've been doing something wrong for over 10 years.

We switched to this litter some time ago, much better for the environment & for the cat too:

https://www.zooplus.ch/shop/katzen/k...8aAjpzEALw_wcB
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I hope regular rubbish is fine otherwise I've been doing something wrong for over 10 years.

We switched to this litter some time ago, much better for the environment & for the cat too:

https://www.zooplus.ch/shop/katzen/k...8aAjpzEALw_wcB
We use that too. As the 'carbon' content of waste for a compost bin along with kitchen waste, it makes the most amazing garden compost.
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Most cat litters are mineral (e.g. the clumping litter is usually made of diatomite, a sedimentary rock), and therefore not suitable for most composting bins.
Hence my post re switching to wood pellets. I used to buy the big bags of wood pellets for pellet stoves- very cheap. And as pure wood- perfect for compost.

As said too, we pay here by weight for litter- you would not want to put wet/caly mineral litter in bin as it weighs a ton!
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Re: Cat Litter Disposal

Denner does a paper-based litter (Bio-Catlet?), which is completely biodegradable and you can flush down the loo (providing you don't overdo it in one go, obviously). Less smelly too, I find, and not quite so susceptible to being traipsed through the house.
(We use hardly any as Carrot is an outdoor cat)
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One EF member told us that there was a massive explosion in the block of flats in front of them. Apparently one resident had been flushing normal cat litter down the loo over a long period of time and this caused a blockage- gases built up and BOOM!

And yes, thank goodness we no longer have a house cat (although we do miss you, Pudding).

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Re: Cat Litter Disposal

Regular rubbish.

Source: regular cat.
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Cat litter is designed to absorb moisture. There is a lot of moisture in the toilet. I wouldn’t recommend combining the two.
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Hence my post re switching to wood pellets. I used to buy the big bags of wood pellets for pellet stoves- very cheap. And as pure wood- perfect for compost.

As said too, we pay here by weight for litter- you would not want to put wet/caly mineral litter in bin as it weighs a ton!
We use wood pellets too! Great value. We buy small 17litre rubbish sacks and line the bottom with the wet wood pellets. We sort rubbish by weight to balance out litter! Have notices that if you are sensible slightly over weight with the odd small it will even out with neighbours who have large bags full or air. This seems to keep foxes from opening the bags if you leave them out overnight.

There are small pellet stoves like traditional woodburners. I was wondering if one of those for the workshop would keep away rodents and marder if burning the soiled pellets.
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Re: Cat Litter Disposal

We use the Migros wood based stuff which is great, much less dust and much lighter. I assume it's similar to the other ones mentioned.

https://produkte.migros.ch/forest

We dispose of it in the normal rubbish. Since that gets incinerated and the heat reused I figure it's environmentally about the same as a wood pellet fired power station, with some extra usage in the middle!
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Re: Cat Litter Disposal

Thanks very much for all your helpful replies......much appreciated. Cheers
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Re: Cat Litter Disposal

Whatever you do, don't put it in a drum.
https://www.businessinsider.com/kitt...op=1&r=US&IR=T
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