By Amy Roa
Animal lovers of the world, pet poop’s about to go green! Umm… Well, that’s what Israel-based Paulee CleanTec has planned, anyways.
This company has developed a prototype of the world’s ﬁrst portable pet poop incinerator. The product, called AshPoopie, promises to turn the process of picking up dog waste into a thoroughly hygienic experience. Just insert a cartridge into the AshPoopie handle, wait for your dog to answer the call of mother nature, scoop up the droppings and press a button that cremates the feces and turns it into odorless, sterile ash.
So how does it cremate your pets remains? Paulee CleanTec spokesman, Oded Halperin explains:
“We use a common chemical which is an oxidizer used in many sterilizing processes, its safe and inexpensive. Once you mix (with a small blender) the oxidizer with the feces, which is an organic material, within a few seconds you get what is called an exothermic reaction. This reaction causes heat and the heat evaporates the water. Feces contains 80-90% of water and the rest are minerals which aren’t digested in the stomach. This process takes only few seconds (up to 10) and when the water has gone, you will have sterile ash which is the minerals that are left. The amount of ash is about 10% of the original portion before the process.”
Paulee CleanTec has yet to set a price on the device. The cartridges though, will cost around $20 a month and will vary according to the size of the dog with plans for a device for small dogs and one for bigger breeds like a Great Dane. If you don’t already know, pet waste can be hazardous to your health. In fact, under the Environmental Protection Agency, dog poop is classiﬁed as a dangerous pollutant on par with toxic chemicals and oil. If it ﬁnds it way into your water system it can spread parasites like ringworm, tapeworm and salmonella. But Carrying a stick every time you take your dog out? Pet owners may ﬁnd this more annoying than bending down to touch dog poop. Bear in mind that you’ll have to dispose of the cartridges too, which will fester in a landﬁll just as well as a plastic bag. So far the company has received more than 15,000 applications for the AshPoopie, which they hope to debut by 2012. It might be a tough sell, but I’m curious to see it in action.