Tip of the Week – Say No To The In-Sink Garbage Disposal

By | August 31, 2009

Garbage DisposalJust say no to the in-sink garbage disposal. That’s right – Don’t use that water wasting disposal any more. Instead conserve water by composting your kitchen waste.

In-sink garbage disposals use up lots of water & energy in the process of chewing up food into little bits & flushing it away. Plus, disposing of food this way diverts it to water waste management facilities and then out into the open ocean, where it disrupts the ecosystem.

According to TreeHugger…

“In-sink garbage disposer proponents claim that sending food waste down the drain decreases the amount of waste trucked to the landfill in large diesel-powered trucks. However, the conveyance of food waste through a pipe requires a lot of water and that water has to come from somewhere. According to a 2005 California Energy Commission report, 19% of California’s electricity use, and 32% of its natural gas use is for pumping water and wastewater! So, not only is water a scarce resource that should be conserved, but pumping it requires a lot of energy and, in California at least, contributes a significant amount to global warming.”

Green your kitchen by composting your waste instead of using the in-sink garbage disposal.

3 thoughts on “Tip of the Week – Say No To The In-Sink Garbage Disposal

  1. Iris

    I just read your article.

    I dident know that there exists such an “machine”. Isent it dangourus? When someone puts his finger in or so?

    The concept of such a thing sounds just strange to me.

    Isent it more work to try to put all food waste you have in the sink in this thing, then to put ist in the normal or “biological” garbage bin?

    Sorry for my bad english.


  2. jo

    I have had a food waste disposer for years and find them a great way to get rid of waste. They don’t use alot of water as most of your food waste is water based anyway. Also with all the technology today some of the treatment plants remove the solid matter and it then gets dried and turned into organic fertilisers and reused in council gardens. They are also very safe to use, never had a drama.


  3. Jeff

    Composting is an eco-friendly way to remove your waste while also providing fertilizer for your backyard or garden. Why waste your food when you can use it to grow more food of your own? The best part about it is you don’t need any special equipment other than a compost heap, although some people prefer to use a compost bin or tumbler to contain the mess and mix it around a little.

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