Give Your Garbage Disposal A Break

According to International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the average lifespan of your garbage disposal is 12 years. Now that’s the best deal in town since a disposal costs anywhere from $100 to $300 on average without installation. A water heater can cost four or five times that much. I think our garbage disposals are the most abused appliance in our home, so let’s give it a break.

Save Your Garbage Disposal 🙂

Here’s a cool idea on how we can give our garbage disposal a break. It also adds a new twist on what we can do with our food trash. Start composting. Instead of having all your coffee grounds, orange peels, banana peels, egg shells and more go down the drain or in the trash, put them in a composter. For over a year now our family has composted. We have a small bucket (an old 1-gallon ice cream container) that sits next to our sink. When it gets full, we take it out to the composter. It doesn’t give off any odor whatsoever.

It Takes 6 Weeks To Create A New Habit!

Like anything else we do in life, this takes a little effort. It’s like taking out the trash, why is it such a problem? (Especially for teenagers) The difference with composting versus taking out the trash is that you can see the results of the former. This year was our first year, and we got 15 gallons of compost for the above ground garden we planted. We could have done even better. By the way, the above ground garden is made from an old fence we tore down. In our home, composting has become a habit. It’s excellent for the environment, teaches our kids a great lesson, and for some, it gives peace of mind.

Instead of putting food dow your garbage disposal compost itWhat you’ll need to get started:

  1. Small bucket with a lid
  2. Rotating composter
  3. Bag of manure because a little manure will help decomposition.


So let’s give our garbage disposal a break and create a good habit by composting. Big B’s Plumbing is a full-service plumbing company that’s licensed, bonded and insured #9896152. We’re also accredited by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating.

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