How to properly dispose of a dead kangaroo on Prince Edward Island

After many years of maintaining the same old website, the Island Waste Management Corporation has a smart new mobile-friendly site that includes an updated sorting guide tool. I’ve been trying to get better at my compost-recycle-waste game, so this is a tool I consult regularly (I had to search “big bag of cannabis” earlier this year, but that’s another story).

This afternoon I found a headless pigeon in our back yard, cause of death unknown. Dead stock removal was something clearly in Catherine’s sphere of operations, but without her I must get comfortable with dead pigeon handling (bereavement is a gift that just keeps giving). So I searched “dead pigeon” and was led to the “Dead Animals” page, which tells me:

NEVER place in your Compost Bin. Place in a securely tied biomedical bag or transparent clear plastic bag and place into Waste. Animals that weight more than 50 lbs, a permit is required.

Curiously, the instructions are illustrated with photos of a dead bird, a dead rodent, and a dead kangaroo, the latter perhaps to illustrate that in the world of Island waste management, anything is possible. 

Screen shot of the IWMC waste sorted showing dead animals


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Oliver B on July 17, 2020 - 18:06 Permalink

I suppose outside of food animal husbandry mostly this comes up with respect to the dead pets, and particularly burying them in your yard. That’s my “.com” browsing experience anyway. A thing to beware is that if you’ve euthanized, your pet is full of poison that won’t decompose for a long time, making it a danger to wildlife and other pets who might dig it up. So laws here often prescribe depth and to layer first with quicklime/cement then dirt.