Q: Isn't dog poop a good fertilizer? A: No way!
WHY IS PUTTING DOG POOP IN A LANDFILL ANY BETTER?
Landfills have liners and treatment systems, so pollutants won't leach into the environment. We certainly want to reduce our waste stream to landfills wherever possible. When it comes to pet waste, however, there is currently no better alternative.
If you buried pet waste in your own yard you may cause health problems, especially if it is close to a garden or play area. In many places the groundwater is close to the surface or only protected by sandy soils that allow pollutants to quickly travel to our drinking water, so burying it on your own isn't the best solution.
At some point in the future, commercial composting technology may be sufficient to treat pet waste, enabling curbside pickup along with yard waste. Until then, landfilling is the best alternative for pet waste.
We wish we could advise you to compost and re-use dog waste. But the facts are that PET WASTE IS NOT HEALTHY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.
This includes lawns, gardens, compost piles, bushes, bodies of water and so on. The biggest dangers are the organisms and pathogens living in the waste that can get you and your pets sick.
Most compost piles do NOT get hot enough to kill these organisms. It is best to just stick with the classic manures and organic fertilizers for your landscaping and have your dog waste bagged and disposed of in the trash.