Garbage Disposal

How It Works

After-dinner garbage removal can be lightning-quick with a well-maintained garbage disposal. It’s installed under the kitchen sink and equipped with a set of rotating grinders - or blades - to grind food material before it enters the waste disposal lines. The garbage disposal - also known as the insinkerator - is electrically powered and operated with a wall mounted switch.

What Can Go Wrong?

The most common problem you’ll run into with a garbage disposal is a jammed up mechanism; Grinding up a couple pounds of stringy celery or dropping a spoon into an active garbage disposal may cause temporary failure. Carefully dislodge any accumulated materials before operating your garbage disposal to avoid motor failure.

Environmental Impact

Garbage disposal size varies between one-third and one horsepower. One-third horsepower models are best suited for small households with infrequent meal preparation. Three-quarter to one horsepower units are generally found in larger households with larger amounts of waste. A 700-watt garbage disposal, run for a minute per day, uses about 4.2 kilowatt-hours annually, producing approximately 6.5 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2). 

Garbage disposals reduce the amount of waste that is added to landfills. Instead, disposed food waste is sent to treatment plants where it can be turned into an energy source. 


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