Post # 1
Another thread got me thinking about this.
Garbage disposal systems — are they really *that* common? The only place I have heard of them are on TV shows. They are not something that is the norm here. I know they exist in some homes, as DH works in the trades and has seen the occasional one, but no one I know has them, nor are they a standard in homes.
Is this regional thing? I don’t even exactly know what you would use one for…. lol Do people just put food waste in them? or what? Don’t they get smelly? I am really clueless!
Here we are required to compost, so that’s where our food waste goes…
Post # 2
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
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 # 4
springbride23: So the munched up food just goes down the drain and into the water-waste system?
Maybe that’s another reason they aren’t common here…besides the mandetory composting, many people live in rural areas with septic tanks, and food would be a bad idea in there..lol
I’m slowly beginning to udnerstand this mysterious device…
Post # 5
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
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
I never heard of not having one, we just replaced ours not to long ago.
Post # 8
I will never live in a house without one.
Post # 9
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
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
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
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
I’ve always had one everywhere I lived in the US, however, when I was living in Taiwan we didn’t.
Post # 14
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
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.