What Not to Put in the Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are a key part of your home's waste management network

The garbage disposal is a handy kitchen appliance that can make disposing of food waste considerably easier. However, that doesn’t mean that you can just put any food waste down the disposal. Some objects simply don’t belong in your disposal. These objects could damage your disposal unit or clog your drainage system. Knowing what you can and can’t get rid of with your system is a vital part of owning a disposal system. Failing to operate your disposal properly not only put your unit at rick, it can cause plumbing issue for your home or worse, the city’s plumbing!

To prevent this from happening to you, we’ve come up with a list of items for you to remember. Let’s talk about the kinds of waste that should never make it into your disposal.

Avoid These Waste Products

  • Eggshells
    It would help if you never put eggshells down your disposal as they can seriously damage its blades.
  • Coffee Grounds
    Coffee grounds can damage garbage disposal blades and find their way into the unit’s inner workings, causing shorts and electrical problems.
  • Celery and Other Tough Vegetables
    Celery and other robust vegetables should not be put into your garbage disposal because they can seriously damage the blades.
  • Fat and Grease
    Fat and grease can cause severe clogs in garbage disposals. Never put oil or fat down your drain.
  • Bones
    Bones are quite sturdy and can cause severe damage to disposal blades. Never put bones down your garbage disposal.

Any one of these items could end up ruining your disposal. Instead, consider composting plant matter like the vegetable and coffee grounds. The rest of the list should be disposed of properly either along with your trash or according to local ordinances.

Have a Busted Garbage Disposal? Give Us a Call!

Even if you’ve been doing your best to keep dangerous things out of your disposal, they still break down and clog occasionally. If you’re currently facing garbage disposal problems, please feel free to contact the experts here at Domco Plumbing today! We’re always standing by to help you with any of your garbage disposal problems!