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Waste not, want not

Being more mindful of the environment in which we live is a topic regularly discussed and debated in the media and homes up and down the length of the country.

Over the last couple of years there have been startling statistics regarding the overuse of disposable plastics. It has prompted many of us to rethink how we live, to start making changes and to seek more planet-friendly alternatives. But single-use plastics are not alone putting pressure on the planet.

It is estimated that around 7.3million tonnes of food waste end up in landfill sites each year, where they emit harmful greenhouse gasses. Making up around 20% of all household waste this, for a typical family of four, equates to around £750 of food thrown away each year.

One way to help reduce the amount of food waste in the kitchen, and therefore going to landfill, is to fit a food waste disposer. Waste disposers can reduce the volume of waste going to landfill dramatically, by up to 50%.

What is a food waste disposer?

A food waste disposer is an electrically powered appliance which is installed under the sink and attached to the drain and provides a way to manage food waste in the home.

How does a food waste disposer work?

Food waste is fed into the waste disposer together with water from the cold tap. The food waste is simply and quickly ground into fine particles, no knives and no blades, and then flushed through the waste disposer and into the normal waste system.

How long does it take to grind food waste?

Only a few seconds, although it depends on the quantity and type of waste. The sound of the disposer changes when there is no longer any food waste in the grind chamber. Water should then run for a further 10-15 seconds to flush the waste out to the water drainage or sewer pipes

What are the key benefits?

Kitchen Hygiene

  • Rather than scraping and pouring messy food waste into a kitchen bin, simply turn on the cold-water tap, switch on disposer and empty unwanted food waste into the sink
  • Fewer insects and odors


  • Quick clean-up and preparation of foods
  • Less volume of food waste to get rid of


  • Compact and unobtrusive, it fits under the sink. It is easy to install either in a new or existing kitchen and can be fitted to most sinks.
  • Most forms of food waste can be put through a waste disposer – small fish, poultry bones, meat, vegetables, fruit, eggshells and much more


  • Not only does it reduce the amount of waste that ends up in a landfill, but the nutrients from the food waste can be recovered and turned into biogas and fertiliser

27th Sep 2019