How to Dispose of Kitty Cat Poop Without Using a Plastic Bag

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Thanks for watching How to Dispose of Kitty Cat Poop Without Using a Plastic Bag

Living Low Waste

While I would love to live zero waste, right now, I’m reaching towards low waste, so when it comes to kitty poop, I dump it in the trash, but I avoid using plastic bags.


Instead of using plastic bags (they rarely come into my home), I use bags that are already destined for the landfill. My thinking is that it is better to reuse a bag destined for the landfill than to use a bag that is brand new or one that can be recycled (like a plastic handle bag that you get at a grocery store).

Here is a list of the types of bags (you can’t recycle) in which I place kitty litter.

  • tortilla chips
  • pita chips
  • plastic tortilla bags
  • frozen food
  • dog treat bags
  • cracker box liners
  • cereal box liners
  • coffee bags – (we usually buy our coffee in bulk, but on occasion, I’ll get a bag of coffee when on vacation. These are great for neutralizing the smell of the kitty poop).
  • laundry pod bags
  • dishwasher pod bags
  • paper bags that have contained food (like mushrooms)

My Cat Litter

The kitty litter I use is World’s Best Cat Litter, Multiple Cat Clumping formula. While it says it’s flushable, we don’t flush it because

(a) we don’t keep our litter boxes in a bathroom

(b) we want to conserve water and

(c) most importantly, when you flush kitty litter, it puts other wildlife – such as dolphins and whales — at risk of getting infected with the cat parasite Toxoplasma gondii

So just double bag the poop (with a bag that would already go in the trash placed in a bigger trash bag along with the rest of your trash).

How to Avoid Plastic Bags

If you want to eliminate plastic from your life, be sure to watch my video 6 Tips to Avoid Plastic Bags

What Do You Think? 

I’d love to have your feedback! Please share in the comments section below. 

Lori Hill

Lori Hill

Lori Hill is a plant eater, trash picker upper, climate activist, wife, and mom to 2 human boys, 2 cat boys, and 1 dog boy. On a mission to do all she can to take better care of the planet, Lori created Sister Eden Media, a green lifestyle company, to inspire others to give a damn and live more gently on Earth. She shares tips on her YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and also frequently appears on television.
Lori Hill


  1. Those are all excellent ideas. I just don’t think I would ever have enough of those types of bags to do the job.

    1. Author

      Thanks for watching and commenting, Julie! I am in a family of 4, so we easily create bags to put poop in. However, I’m REALLY striving to eliminate more of those containers and bags. Here is an idea: if you have a larger bag, keep adding the poop to that and then put that bag in a sealed container with a lid to keep the stink out. Then on trash day, at the bag and/or its contents to your trash.

      I hope that is helpful.

      Take care,

  2. Thanks for the tips on cat poop. I was very skeptical of the “biodegradable “ & “compostable” claims made on poop disposal packaging, especially a company saying their bags decompose in 90 days. Of course they’re making a killing in that market. Anyway, we’re going to save the bags you suggested. Only thing is, we’re a 2-human household run by six cats. Gonna have to eat more chips & cereal. Glad I found you today – thanks again.

    1. Author

      Thanks so very much for watching my video, Sally, AND for replying! Another option — which is ZERO WASTE and doesn’t require all those food bags– is to just put all the poop directly in the big, sealed container (instead of putting individual food bags in it). Of course, this may require you to wash out that big container more often.

      Give those 6 cats of yours a big scratch around the ears for me, okay? Sigh. How lovely…

      By the way, I would love it if you would subscribe to my YouTube channel (and follow me on my other social media sites if that is your thing). Here is the YouTube link.

      Take care,

  3. Such a good idea and i’m somewhat happy to hear other low wasters have this problem 😂

    1. Author

      Thanks for your comment, Aisha! I’d love to completely move away from bags altogether! One step at a time… — Lori

  4. Although those types of bags are legit suggestions, if you have multiple cats and thus multiple litter boxes, they would not be large enough to house all the litter my guys go through. Thanks anyway.

    1. Author

      Dar –
      thanks for watching AND for your comment. Here is another approach: Ditch the bags altogether and get a stainless steel bucket and put the poop in that. Dump that with your main trash on trash day. I actually plan to switch to that method.
      Take care,

  5. Helped me on how to get rid of My cat poop. Never thought to use all the cearel bags. That’s great.

  6. With NY City and State moving to outlaw plastic bags, you’re post was really helpful. I am embarrassed I hadn’t thought of all the “legal” bag waste we’ll keep on producing and can use for the kitties. Another insight into how much more we can do to live lightly.

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      Todd –
      thanks so much for watching this video and for commenting! Since making the video, I have switched to putting my kitty poop directly into a small galvanized steel trash can and then I empty that into my weekly bag of trash. When it gets stinky, I clean it out with straight vinegar. I’m trying to minimize ANY waste I create, including bags from snack processed foods. It isn’t easy, but I’m working on it!

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