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Are garbage disposals eco-friendly?

Even if you don’t compost, it’s better to scrape food waste into the trash.

Are garbage disposals eco-friendly?
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Disposing of your disposal You don’t have to get rid of your disposal to be greener. Just stop using it. A simple wire mesh strainer keeps small particles from going down the drain. You may need to run it periodically to remove any smelly trapped debris. If you’d rather remove it (either hire a plumber or do it yourself), ask your city’s waste department how to best dispose of your disposal. They might accept it for recycling. —Kate Heyhoe, author of Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen— The New Green Basics Way