Garbage disposals are fantastic inventions. Contrary to popular belief, they’re actually better for the environment than disposing food in the trash. Say what? If you heard a landfill is better for food waste, we beg to differ.
“According to the EPA, landfills are a major source of methane, a greenhouse gas at least 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Because food scraps are a significant component of waste that municipalities send to landfills, diverting it for recycling into resources is becoming a major goal of cities worldwide.
“Enter food waste disposers, which pulverize food scraps and send the resulting slurry to the various wastewater treatment systems,” according to Science 2.0. Essentially, if you don’t have a compost heap, a garbage disposal is a better alternative because it reduces the methane gas produce by food waste sitting at landfills, which worsens global warming.
Garbage Disposal Tips
If you’re lucky enough to live in a home with a working garbage disposal, you want to take care of it so it lasts a long time. Here are the foods not to put down the garbage disposal:
- Don’t put bones down the drain. They’ll just spin around the blades and if they do make it down, they will most likely lead to an eventual clog in the pipes.
- Celery is fibrous, so it’s strings get tangled around the blades of the disposal. Same goes for corn husks and asparagus.
- Coffee grinds are tiny and they seem to go right down the drain, but that’s not the case. Instead, they pile up and turn into sludge when mixed with soap and other scum. As a result, they turn into a sludgy mess in your drain.
- Egg shells are controversial, but we’ll clear it up once and for all: do not put them down the garbage disposal because the lining of their membrane can wrap around the blades and sides of the disposal, causing all kinds of trouble.
- Don’t grind up fruit pits or avocado seeds. This doesn’t need explanation.
- Do not put grease or vegetable oil down the drain, ever! They may slide right through the disposal but eventually they’ll clog your pipes much like how people’s hearts are clogged by fat.
- Pasta and rice expand when they’re exposed to water, even after they’ve been fully cooked. So, don’t dump them down the drain where it can fill up the garbage disposal’s trap.
- Do not put potato peels down the disposal, even if they seem to go down just fine. In reality, they make a soupy, sludgy mess in the disposal and can cause disposal problems eventually.
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