Using Paper Bags for Cat Litter

You can recycle even when cleaning up after your kitties! I was scooping the cat litter into plastic bags each day, thinking I was recycling the bags, but duh! They still sit in the landfill, not breaking down.


So now I buy a cheap bag (either from the dollar store or on sale at local grocery or drugstore) of paper lunch bags, scoop the litter in there, fold it over and throw it away. The paper will break down much faster, if I had a store nearby that sold bags made from recycled paper I'd buy those (but alas, I've found none yet).

By Michawn from Morgan Hill, CA

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By zgy (Guest Post)
April 8, 20080 found this helpful

I use the cat food bags and the old litter bags as well to dispose of the old litter. That way those big bags get recycled. This is when doing the week clean out of litter boxes. We have 4 kitties.

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By Sandy (Guest Post)
April 8, 20080 found this helpful

Great idea. I'm going to share this idea with my class of 5th graders. This is something they can do to make a difference. Thanks.

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By Reina (Guest Post)
April 9, 20080 found this helpful

We re-use the bag that the pet food comes in. It's multi-layered, and can hold several "cleanings".

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April 9, 20080 found this helpful

Now bury the bag in a flower bed in the back yard, and you'll improve the soil by leaps and bounds!

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April 10, 20080 found this helpful

What about using newspaper? If you want it in a bag shape, you can make it into one of those origami paper cups like I learned to make in Girl Scouts, or just put the litter in the middle, and fold several times. Then you don't have to buy paper bags.


I wouldn't bury it in the garden, though. I have read that you should not use feces from carnivores (cats, dogs, etc.) as fertilizer because of the bacteria (this is, of course, if you want to eat veggies grown in your garden; I suppose it wouldn't matter with flowers.) Too bad-- I have one dog and 5 cats; it would sure be lots of free fertilizer. :D


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By Mary (Guest Post)
February 9, 20090 found this helpful

I use the breeze litter system and I would not go back to a regular litter box again. Type it in on the internet and it will bring it right up. It is also sold at Wal-mart. Check it out. You will love it

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By Nica (Guest Post)
February 19, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks for starting this discussion! I have 6 strictly-indoor cats, & 8 litter boxes for them. Tried using clay litter for the 1st time, & learned that what's scooped out shouldn't be composted (except perhaps for a flower garden). Then went back to scoopable litter.


I use plastic grocery bags, so have 7-10 of them per week to get rid of. Putting them in the trash not only isn't good for the environment, but also for my damaged back (that's a lot of weekly weight in garbage bags). And while paper bags recycle, litter doesn't. I'm still looking for an answer..

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October 9, 20180 found this helpful

Rhe grocery tupe plastic bags DO break fown in the dump!

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