“According to my favorite wastewater engineer, household garbage disposals were the worst thing to ever hit the wastewater industry.” First of all, more energy and chemicals are required in wastewater management to make sure that the solids that go down that drain are dissolved properly to protect our waterways. Clogs are another issue since some people are careless enough to throw oil down their drains. This only creates more problems in the future. People may think that sending wastes down our garbage disposals decreases the amount of trash we have to dump in our landfills. But “according to a 2005 California Energy Commission report, 19% of California’s electricity use, and 32% of its natural gas use is for pumping water and wastewater!”
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