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The Benefits and Proper Uses of Commercial Food Waste Disposers


When consumers don’t clean their plates completely, there are only a couple of ways to dispose of food waste. One of those ways is with a commercial food waste disposer. Commercial food waste disposers are efficient, easy-to-use and environmentally sound.

The people at InSinkErator have put together some great information on how to properly use a disposer, the differences between commercial and residential food waste disposers and the benefits of using a commercial food waste disposer.

Proper Disposer Use

  • Turn on disposer before feeding food waste gradually into disposer.
  • After grinding is complete, turn off disposer and let water run about 30 seconds to flush drain.
  • Food waste items that SHOULD be placed in disposers include: fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, dairy, breads, grains, bones and seafood.
  • Food waste items that should NOT be placed in disposers include stringy and fibrous materials like: artichokes, pineapple tops, corn husks and oyster shells.
  • Other common kitchen items that should NOT go into the disposer include: silverware, soda cans, glass, lids, plastic wrap, latex gloves and corrosive chemicals.

Commercial vs. Residential Disposers

Feature Commercial Residential
UL Approval Commercial Applications Residential Applications
Opening Size 6 5/8” with option for 3 1/2” 3 1/2”
Shredding Elements HD Nickel Chromium or Cast iron Stamped stainless steel
Motor Type Induction wound, continuous duty Induction wound, intermittent duty
Voltage Tri-voltage, single or three phase Single voltage and phase
Weight 46 to 130 lbs. 12 to 25 lb

Environmental Benefits to Commercial Food Waste Disposers

  • Helps reduce: Truck emissions, landfill methane emissions, landfill leachate and water table contamination.
  • Food waste can be recycled into renewable energy and fertilizers.
  • Makes recycling easier by helping separate food waste from bottles, cans, plastics and paper.
  • Some InSinkErator models can reduce waste by up to 85%.

If you’d like to learn more about commercial food waste disposers click here.

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