On average, food scraps account for 10 to 20 percent of a household’s waste. While it is encouraged to dispose of these items in a manner that can help the U.S. population reduce municipal waste, lower greenhouse gases and methane production, the methods to do so can be tricky to grasp. Efforts can begin locally, and in the Twin Cities, many homes help reduce municipal waste through the use of garbage disposal systems.
While popular, not all residents utilize such systems. But by safely using a kitchen sink garbage disposal, you can help lessen food waste buildup in landfills, ultimately lowering methane and greenhouse gas production. These systems can also improve the quality of your household.
Below are some of the top benefits of installing a garbage disposal in your Twin Cities home:
- Home convenience: Disposal systems serve as an added convenience by essentially liquefying food scraps to be sent through your waste water pipes. Without such a system, your kitchen sink is highly susceptible to clogging from scraps – meaning extra care and attention is required during cooking and cleanup. With the system however, a simple flick of a switch can reduce your cleanup time and keep your trash buildup to a minimum.
- Increased home sanitation: With a sink disposal system, the elimination of waste is immediate whereas without a system, you’re left to rely on a weekly garbage pickup. While disposals should never be treated like a garbage can, they can reduce the buildup of food waste which, when left to sit, can produce bacteria and attract the attention of pests in your household.
- Environmentally friendly: Having a garbage disposal installed is an environmentally responsible addition to your home. When food scraps reach landfills, their buildup produces methane gasses that are 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. When the same scraps enter a disposal, they are sent through water pipes without clogging and then enter into water treatment plants. When the methane gases from the waste hits these plants, it’s captured and utilized to generate electrical power.
At Minneapolis Saint Paul Plumbing, Heating & Air, we understand how garbage disposals work and how important they can be inside a home. We’re expertly trained in the installation and maintenance of all makes and models, including commercial-grade systems, and can help you determine the best disposal for your Twin Cities home. To find out more, contact us today at (651) 228-9200.