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Should you include a waste disposal in your kitchen? June 25, 2008

Filed under: appliances,design,recycling,saving energy,Three R's,Using the kitchen — kevwilliams @ 12:11 pm

Waste disposals (garburators, waste disposers) have pros and cons. Not everyone needs or wants one.

Pros:

  • easy disposal of food waste
  • no bad smelling garbage or compost container
  • waste containers can be smaller

Note: properly managed compost and garbage containers don’t have to smell.

Cons:

  • take up space in the sink cabinet
  • can be noisy
  • can get jammed by or damage items which go into the disposer by mistake
  • another appliance to go wrong and get serviced
  • food wastes add a high load to the sewage system (some areas do not allow disposals for this reason)
  • may overload septic systems
  • can smell (need to have citrus fruit or chemicals run through them to prevent this)
  • can clog and need plumbing disassembled to fix
  • uses a lot of water, which you or your local utility pays for

Because I compost most of my food waste, I don’t feel any need for a disposer. But more generally, I believe they waste electricity, water, soil fertility and sewage disposal capacity for very little return in convenience. In fact if I moved into a house with one already installed, I’d probably take it out!

Agree/disagree? let me know!

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