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Re[2]: Garbage Diposals & Dishwashers

     I agree with everyone that comoposting is the best alternative. 
     However, composting is not an option for anyone living in an 
     apartment, condo, or townhouse as most associations have strict rules 
     about outdoor landscaping and what can or cannot be placed on the 
     yard, and generally you are not allowed to have gardens or dig up the 
     So, I guess after reading the other messages, the key is to figure out 
     where the sewage sludge ends up and what the local rules are. But 
     basically, to recycle everything possible.
     Thanks for the responses.
     Maya Shah

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Subject: Re: Garbage Diposals & Dishwashers
Author:  p2tech@great-lakes.net at INTERNET
Date:    5/30/97 10:04 AM

Personally, I find that I can compost nearly all of my kitchen waste (other than
recyclables) including paper towels, egg shells (crush 'em first), etc and have 
almost nothing left to dispose of.  Granted, having 3 dogs, 5 cats, and numerous
racoons in the neighborhood helps to eliminate any meat-related waste (which 
doesn't compost nicely) but in any event, that's a small part of our household 
So I guess my vote is for "none of the above."    :)
Scott Butner
Scott Butner (rs_butner@pnl.gov)
Pacific NW National Laboratory/Seattle Research Center 
4000 NE 41st Street
Seattle, WA  98105
206-528-3290 voice/206-528-3552 fax
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Subject: Garbage Diposals & Dishwashers
Author:  p2tech@great-lakes.net at ~internet 
Date:    5/30/97 12:47 PM
I would like to know what people think about garbage disposals. After taking a 
few waastewater courses in college, I was convinced that the use of garbage 
disposals for food waste was better than disposal in landfills. Other friends 
have said that the thick waste produced by garbage disposals create problems 
when people try to dispose of eggshells and skins of vegetables which are not 
easily degraded.
What is the consensus? Better to throw everything possible into a garbage 
disposal or into a conventional garbage can?
Also, are automatic dishwashers more or less efficient than handwashing?