Garbage Disposals

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

urchin:  We had one in our apartment and we don’t have one in our home now. We would dump food that would probably smell into it instead of putting it in the garbage. If you run the water and use disposal cleaner they don’t really smell. 🙂

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’ve never lived in a house that didn’t have a garbage disposal, and I have lived in MANY different houses.

Some food can go into the disposal, but we typically scrape our plates into the trash first. Sometimes they can get smelly if you haven’t run it in a bit and food is in there. You can get rid of the smell easily by throwing a lemon or orange into it and running it.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I cannot imagine not having one. That seems so weird to me. I’ve never heard of a house around here not having one. I use mine after doing the dishes or cutting vegetables to chop up the little left over pieces. Mine have never smelled, but I make sure to stick a lemon peel down there at times to freshen it up. 

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

They’re for food waste only – and limited things at that. 

I’ve had them and found them to be a bigger pain than help. There are so many things that can’t go down the disposal that I’d just rather not have one and have the extra storage under the sink instead. 

They don’t come standards in most homes but the aren’t that expensive or difficult to install (you do need power supply under the sink, which is standard in most new builds) They do get smelly but you can clean them by throwing in some lemon and/or vinegar. They even have “garbage disposal cleaner tabs” if there weren’t enough cash grabs. Just another thing to have to clean! 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I never heard of not having one, we just replaced ours not to long ago. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I will never live in a house without one.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

You don’t usually have a garbage disposal when you have a septic tank.  Sometimes it happens, but you have to be very careful.  They are more common with public sewers.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

i couldn’t imagine not having one! i lived in a very old apartment that didn’t have one, and it was the worst 2 years ever.  i used paper plates all the time lol.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I live in Boston and I believe they are pretty common here because of being on city water and sewer.  If you get a high quality one they can chop up most food waste which keeps it out of the trash can, meaning you don’t have to take the garbage out as often because it doesn’t start to stink.  The disposal doesn’t usually smell, but if it does you just throw some ice or citrus in it and it cleans right up.  It’s a big help, especially if you don’t have use for making your own compost.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve lived in four houses with my parents, four apartments in Florida, and am now in my fifth apartment. My current apartment is the only one of 9 domiciles that does not have a garbage disposal and I hate it. Like PP, I rarely use my kitchen now because of it. FI and I order out all the time and just throw everything away. I’ve become a thousand times more wasteful since not having one. I even offered to put one in at my own expense, but the complex wouldn’t let me because all the units have to be the same.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve always had one everywhere I lived in the US, however, when I was living in Taiwan we didn’t.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

It’s regional, and often based on how old the home is/whether it has been remodeled. Grew up in TX, never saw a home without one. Moved to Boston, lived in 5 different places and never saw one (all historic/older buildings. Also did not have dishwashers). Moved to CA, our 1908 bungalow did not have one (or a dishwasher), our current 2010 townhome does (and dishwasher included).

I never use ours. We have curbside compost pickup (the cities sell the compost to the Napa/Sonoma wineries, which is pretty cool!) and you’re technically not allowed to throw out food waste.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

They are known as garborators here.  They were popular a while ago.  I’ve heard from some people here that some places don’t allow them anymore and they are discouraged in others.

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