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What Should You Avoid Throwing Down Your Garbage Disposal in Loveland, CO?

Posted on: August 31, 2016

Do you have a garbage disposal in your Loveland, CO home? If you’ve answered, “Yes!” to this question, then congratulations: you’re one of our country’s most environmentally socially aware homeowners—so long as you know what you should and shouldn’t throwing down your garbage disposal. Read on to learn more.

How the Garbage Disposal in Your Loveland, CO Home Helps the Environment

If you’re like most homeowners, when you chose a sink with a garbage disposal for your new kitchen, you were probably thinking about convenience. However, there’s another very important benefit to disposing of waste by means of the garbage disposal instead of in the trash.

When you throw organic waste in the trash, it’s collected by the local waste disposal company and dumped in a landfill. Of course, most landfills are located at a fair distance from cities and towns, so we don’t think of them too often. But the truth is that when organic waste in landfills decomposes, it releases so-called “landfill gas;” gas that consists of approximately 40 to 60 percent methane and 60 to 40 percent carbon dioxide. This gas is both combustible and toxic—and both of those characteristics make it harmful to the environment, as well as dangerous.

In contrast, when you use your garbage disposal, the waste is ground up, flushed down the drain and into the municipal sewer, and eventually treated in the municipal waste water plant. It’s a much more responsible and sustainable solution.

What NOT to Throw Down Your Garbage Disposal in Loveland, CO

That said, there are a number of things you shouldn’t throw in your garbage disposal, including:

  • Oil and fat: Even though these are liquid when heated, they become hard masses when they cool down. And these hard masses build up inside your drain or even in the municipal sewer, leading to frequent clogs, as well as damage to the pipes.
  • Metal, plastic, glass, or paper: These materials aren’t organic, so they don’t belong in the wastewater. Dispose of them correctly.
  • Paint or other chemicals: Even though these are fluid, you still need to dispose of them correctly because they aren’t organic.

If you have further questions, or just want to learn more about how to best to maintain your garbage disposal, contact Lighten Up today!

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