Responsible Kitchen Waste

Spotlight on waste is certainly not a pleasant one, but no one can argue an important one.   Each year in the U.S. over 18 million tons of food waste is dumped into landfills.  While it decomposes quickly, it produces methane, an environmentally harmful greenhouse gas that is 21 times more potent than CO2. The practical […]

BeckySue Becker, CMKBD, CAPS, CLIPP™

Published 01/11/2011

Spotlight on waste is certainly not a pleasant one, but no one can argue an important one.   Each year in the U.S. over 18 million tons of food waste is dumped into landfills.  While it decomposes quickly, it produces methane, an environmentally harmful greenhouse gas that is 21 times more potent than CO2.

The practical choice?  A food waste disposal system is the most practical choice.  Besides sparing the landfills the tons of waste, those of you who are hooked up to city or county wastewater treatment plants can recycle leftovers into energy and fertilizer. 

This recommendation is not to discredit the choice of composting. Learn the many benefits that composting can deliver to your garden. Learn more from the US Composting Council.

Eco-Friendly Food Waste Tips

Put food waste in its proper place and get better performance from your InSinkErator® disposer with these eco-friendly tips and suggestions.

Don’t…

Don’t pour oils or grease down the drain! They can clog and damage the sewer system. Instead, collect fats in a container. Then, throw the container in the trash.

Don’t try to grind large amounts of food waste at one time.

Do…

Use cold water when using a disposer. Using hot water wastes energy.

Run water down the drain for several seconds after grinding is complete to flush waste and keep debris from settling in the plumbing system.

Save and grind used lemons and other citrus fruit peels to freshen up and disinfect your disposer, naturally.

Remember to consider…

Planning meals helps you create less waste by cooking only what you need.

Saving and using up leftovers helps reduce additional waste.

Donating food products you don’t intend to consume to a local food bank instead of tossing them into the trash helps eliminate waste—and makes you feel good.

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About the Designer

BeckySue Becker, CMKBD, CAPS, CLIPP™

Becky Sue Becker is a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer, Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist, and Certified Living-In-Place Professional™. She is an award-winning designer serving the greater Atlanta region.

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