Friday, September 19, 2008

Garbage Disposals: A Waste of Energy, Water and Money


Picture courtesy of TreeHugger.com


Garbage disposals might sound good to have in your kitchen, but in reality, they're fairly bad for the environment. Typical garbage disposals use 4 gallons of water per minute, making them very inefficient. Then there's the pollution factor that they cause by mucking up sewers and your own plumbing with old organic matter (which can smell awful once it's stuck!), AND it costs towns money to treat this waste. Combine that with the electricity to run the disposal? Diagnosis: it's a very wasteful machine. A better alternative to using the disposal would be to let food waste naturally decompose outside with composting. It helps gardens grow better, have lighter trash bags, alleviate landfills, and you'll cut down on your own personal waste. You can learn more about composting from composting.org.

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