Its fast, convenient and environmentally useful and it lives in your sink – your disposal. Austin has a compost program but if that’s not practical for your lifestyle – no worries, keep reading to learn how you complement your style with those that compost.
First, when you use your disposer you help by keeping food waste out of the landfill. In recent days you have heard about the greenhouse gas emissions and landfills are a significant contributor to them. When you grind the good waste some cities’ water treatment plants can take the resulting biosolids and convert them into fertilizers.
How much can be diverted from landfills by using your disposal?
According to the EPA, in 2010 the amount of the food scraps we generated in the US was 35 million tons. So by using your disposal, you divert the scraps from being transported to landfills – even with gas being close to $2 per gallon, and you can have a hand in reducing greenhouse gases.
So what can you put down a disposal?
Any food waste you have – vegetable peelings, the tops of the tomatoes we cut off, the pineapple tops and sides, because these are virtually liquified so that they flow safely into the sewage system or septic tanks. Plus you’ll have fews bags of garbage which will reduce orders and the number of bugs and insects buzzing around your cart.
And like mentioned before, disposal useage complements composting. So you can feel better even if you’re not composting in your backyard.
Many of the new disposals are energy efficient – on average using a disposal consumes about a galleon of water per day and in terms of electricity- 3 to 4 kilowatts per year which is for most communities less than a $1 one average.
You can get these types of efficient disposals at Home Depot, Lowe’s or even online at Amazon. Please note that when you purchase your own equipment and have it installed by a licensed plumber – the plumber is only responsible for the quality of the install. The equipment manufacturer is the one responsible for the equipment.
When a plumber smells a holiday in the area they know odds are they are spending it with family – just not their family.
The house is full of people who get hungry and a bunch of other things as well. There’s lots of cooking and cleaning and pouring all sorts of things down the drain without a thought. And that means the chances of a drain or toilets getting stopped up are very high.
While I won’t deny that its in my best interest for you not to know this information, I feel it my duty, the duty to my family that I do what I can to spend the day with them as well as to my fellow plumbers who also have families.
No matter where you live – don’t pour grease down your drain. That turkey fat in the bottom of the pan? Find a can and pour it off.
Take a few moments to scrap off those plates in the garbage can – those bones will NOT easily go in the disposal.
For more tips – check out what not to throw down your disposal in more detail.
What Not to Put in a Garbage Disposal
As an Austin Plumber once told me, be careful what you put in your disposal, you might see it again.
I love my garbage disposal. Its something that I take for granted and more often than not I find things that shouldn’t be put into it thanks to my family. Despite what comes naturally to us all which is to throw everything in there, not everything can or should go into a garbage disposal. Here is a list of items that I’ve found should never be put into a disposal unit:
• Animal bones - The garbage disposal blades are not strong enough to break bones down small enough to fit through the pipes. Animal bones are the most common thing that jams disposals.
• Grease - The grease will eventually solidify and clog a portion, or all, of your drain.
• Rice – No matter how much hot water water you run or how long you leave it running, you can never break rice down small enough. Rice swell when its is in contact with water, so the tiny pieces will eventually gather in the trap and swell until it is closed.
• Pasta – same problem as rice
• Egg shells- Egg shells do not sharpen disposal blades. They just end up clogging the pipe lines.
• Any kind of stringy or peeled vegetable- things like potato peels, asparagus, celery, and lettuce. Maybe a small amount your disposal can handle, but I wouldn’t try it.
The old adage of “less is more” definitely applies to the garbage disposal. Only small amounts of table scraps should go into the disposal. And should you find that something from the above list has jammed your disposal it’s a relatively easy process to unjam it.
And it that’s above your pay grade, you can call Your Austin Plumber 512-551-0789