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Why waste disposals are saving the world



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To waste disposal or not to waste disposal, that is the question.

One-third of food produced globally goes to waste, in the UK, on average 9.5 million tonnes of food is thrown away every year. This food ends up in landfills which ends up causing several dangerous greenhouse gasses.

The food inserted is broken up into fine particles turning them into tiny particles. When the tap is turned on it then flushes these particles into your septic system. This results in a more environmentally friendly way to dispose of food waste than it goes to landfill – it helps reduce the greenhouse gas emissions while using the waste processed for renewable energy.

Further to this problem, there is nothing worse than smelling rotting food waste in your home or even worse the smell of rotting food in the summer heat.

As an alternative to putting your food waste in the bin, why not use a food waste disposal unit. They can be easily fit underneath your sink and will grind the food waste into small fragments that will then be washed away for handling at the local wastewater treatment plant.  

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If you are thinking of purchasing one, then here are the pros and cons:

Pros

Inexpensive

Waste disposal units are normally fitted in new kitchens, but it is worth noting that it is possible to have them fitted in older kitchens. The average waste disposal costs around £90 – £150, they are also extremely cost-effective and are one of the most cost-efficient items that you use in your home. They don’t use a lot of energy and won’t really make much difference to your electricity bill. This means that more people are able to enjoy the benefits of this device.

Quicker and easier kitchen cleaning

Rather than going to and from the kitchen table to the bin, to the sink, you can scrape small amounts of food into the sink for disposal. This makes the cleaning process a lot quicker and easier which is what everyone wants after a long day! This will also decrease the need to empty your kitchen bin as often as most leftovers can go down the waste disposal.

Most types of food can be placed down your waste disposal unit and it will be turned into tiny particles in no time.

The types of foods include:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Eggshells
  • Bones from fish and poultry
  • Meat
  • Fish scraps

Keeping your pipes protected

There is always a temptation to put your plate in the sink without scaping it properly, over time these scraps of food can develop into a build-up of food which can cause a blockage in your pipes, and this can cause numerous problems including bad smells and the potential need for a plumber!

The waste disposal will grind down all the leftover food making it far less likely to get stuck in the pipes.

Cons

Certain foods are not recommended

They can’t be used as a bin, there are a few items that you should avoid putting down the waste disposal, these include large bones, fruit pits, seafood shells, banana peels, starch-based foods like pasta, rice, and beans, and fatty based foods like cooking oil and cream sauces.

High maintenance

They can need regular maintenance, sometimes some of the small particles can get stuck inside the waste disposal unit which can start to cause a bad smell. To avoid this from happening, we recommend putting half a lemon down the disposal along with a few ice cubes, you then switch on the unit and leave it running until everything has been ground up.

Overall, waste disposals are a great investment, and who doesn’t want life to be made a little easier in the kitchen? Take a look at all of the options we have available here.

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