Making up more than 20% of the United State’s garbage, food is the largest source of waste in our landfills and incinerators, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Americans are dumping more food waste into the ground than ever before and it is harming our environment. The latest figures are startling: we’re putting 35 million tons in landfills each year – that is 50 percent more waste than we generated a quarter of a century ago.
Food does not simply disintegrate into the soil. It produces methane, a strong greenhouse gas and a big potential contributor to global warming and the environment.
An effective way to reduce the amount of food waste we are putting into the ground is to use garbage disposals. Garbage disposals, like the product line we offer from manufacturer Moen – send food waste to septic systems or wastewater treatment facilities. Often, these facilities have the ability to convert waste into biogas, a methane-rich byproduct that can be used for energy generation – meaning our waste can ultimately be used in a manner that positively affects the environment.
“The simple step of transferring and disposing of food waste at the sink, versus into a trash can, has the potential to produce huge environmental benefits,” said Cassy Osborne, senior marketing manager, Moen. “Installing and utilizing a garbage disposal in your home can significantly reduce the amount of waste your family throws out on a regular basis. A powerful, dependable Moen disposal will ensure years of reliable performance, simplify meal prep and clean-up, all while sending less waste to the landfill.”
Because of its unique VORTEX permanent magnet motor technology, Moen garbage disposals quickly transform food scraps into finely ground particles. The VORTEX motor provides fast revolutions per minute (RPM), which helps to reduce jamming.
Contact Mihalko’s today at one of our three locations in Johnstown, Altoona and Latrobe and ask us about how our Moen garbage disposals work. We look forward to answering any of your questions.