Back when city level composting programs were a lot less common, garbage disposals were touted as being more environmentally friendly compared to throwing food waste in the trash, because many sewer systems compost their captured organic matter for both fertilizer and methane. But now that my city has a compost bin program, is it now more environmentally friendly to throw food waste in the dedicated bin or to keep using the garbage disposal?


I think it depends on how MUCH food waste you throw out? Most of our trash is still food waste and that’s with us using a disposal, so a citywide compost program would be extremely helpful. We also have a lawn clipping program already going so if that’s put together that’s no major impact on the CO2 pickup. But there are many factors to consider, I think it’s true when people say options are important


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