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Garbage Disposals: A Kitchen Cleanup Master

As an American innovation not found anywhere else in the world, the garbage disposal is designed to lower the amount of food waste you produce. Instead of tossing things like lemon rinds and sweet potato peels into a plastic bag sent off to the dump, take care of them at home with help from a garbage disposal from Abt. These high-powered spinners help to break up food waste right in your kitchen sink for a trash removal process that's good for you, your home, and the environment.

First invented in 1927 in Racine, WI, the original InSinkErator was designed to fight one problem: that 10-20% of household waste is from uneaten food. Learn how modern models stack up in the fight against food waste at Abt.

Do You Need a Batch Feed or Continuous Feed Model?

There are two types of garbage disposals available on the market today: batch feed and continuous feed. The main difference between them lies in how the device breaks down your food scraps. Continuous feed models operate when users activate a wired wall switch or air switch. These grinders run continuously until you manually turn your switch off. Meanwhile, batch versions only function when the included lid is attached correctly, ensuring that any meal scraps are taken care of in enclosed batches.

If you're not sure which is best for you, consider that one integral piece: the drain. If you're in a home with small kids, that extra level of safety found in the lid of a batch feed version might make more sense. But if you're less worried about little ones and more focused on grinding up large amounts of waste, then a continuous garbage disposal is for you. Whichever you choose, remember to prioritize safety; make sure that the sink is empty and free of silverware, and run cold water during the grinding process to help move ground-up particles through the system.

Better For The Planet

These kitchen gadgets help to reduce food waste, meaning that each one installed is a win for the environment. Sending noxious leftovers off to landfills can contribute to high amounts of methane in the atmosphere—and methane is one of the most powerful greenhouse gases. That means that every apple slice you fail to eat is a potential danger to Mother Earth. Garbage disposals help to keep leftovers out of your home, off of trash trucks, out of incinerators, and away from landfills. Using yours is just one step we can all take to ensure the world stays a little cleaner.

Not Sure Which One Is Best For You?

If you're having a hard time deciding between one device and another, don't be frustrated—with most of them looking the same on the outside, it can be tough to choose the right one. How much horsepower do you need? Should it connect to the dishwasher? What about added features or accessories? Our team of experts has been helping people build their dream kitchens for decades, and we'll be able to pinpoint exactly what you need. Do some research ahead of time and read up with our Garbage Disposal Buying Guide.

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  • Shipping was quick all the way to California, no damage upon arrival, packaged very well. Too bad you only have one store and it is nowhere near California. Otherwise, I would shop there all the time. Thank you!
    Gabe D. - Visalia, CA
    June 1, 2021
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