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Surprising facts about your garbage disposal: Can you pass this quiz?

hand pushing peels into garbage disposal

hand pushing peels down a garbage disposal

As we roll toward the holiday season, with more cooking in the kitchen and more company coming to our homes, we remind you that garbage disposals are a very important modern convenience.

They make it easy to clean up when you’re prepping for meals. They keep you from having to scrape stuff onto newspapers and dump it in the trash to carry out later. (These days, with so many people reading the news digitally, it’s harder than it’s ever been to have old newspapers to scrape food waste onto, anyway!)

One of the biggest benefits of modern garbage disposals is the fact that they keep food waste from going into landfills where it emits methane gas that destroys the ozone layer and contributes to climate change.

How much do you know about your garbage disposal? Can you pass this quiz?

ONE: Which of the following should you NEVER pour down a garbage disposal?

a) Hot water

b) Lemon juice

c) Cooking oil or grease

d) Dishwashing detergent

TWO: Which of the following can help prevent clogs in your kitchen sink pipes caused by garbage disposal waste?

a) Using a plunger regularly

b) Running cold water while using the disposal

c) Pouring chemical drain cleaner down the drain

d) Using a metal drain snake

THREE: How often should you sharpen the blades of your garbage disposal?

a) Weekly

b) Monthly

c) Yearly

d) They don't need sharpening

FOUR: What percentage of American homes now have garbage disposals?

a) 30%

b) 50%

c) Yearly

d) They don't need sharpening

FIVE: In what year did the garbage disposal receive its patent?

a) 1922

b) 1933

c) 1944

d) 1955

SIX: Food waste in America accounts for what percentage of our cities’ solid waste?

a) 22%

b) 44%

c) 66%

d) 88%

SEVEN: How many pounds of food waste do NOT go into a landfill if a home uses a garbage disposal?

a) 150

b) 250

c) 500

d) 1000

EIGHT: In 2017, how much food waste was diverted from landfills because of garbage disposal usage?

a) One million tons

b) Two million tons

c) Three million tons

d) Four million tons

NINE: What city in the United States was the first to mandate the installation of garbage disposals?

a) Milwaukee, Wisconsin

b) Los Angeles, California

c) Laurel, Mississippi

d) Jasper, Indiana

TEN: Which city banned garbage disposals until 1997?

a) New York City, New York

b) Santa Fe, New Mexico

c) Billings, Montana

d) New Orleans, Louisiana

ELEVEN: In order to generate interest in a new kitchen product, Insinkerator sent salesmen out across the United States in station wagons. What color were those station wagons?

a) Baby blue

b) Cotton-candy pink

c) Avocado green

d) Rusty orange

TWELVE: How many garbage disposals are sold every year in the United States?

a) Two million

b) Four million

c) Eight million

d) Ten million

THIRTEEN: What percentage of households in Canada have garbage disposals?

a) 3%

b) 23%

c) 43%

d) 63%

FOURTEEN: What percentage of food waste is water?

a) 30%

b) 50%

c) 70%

d) 90%

FIFTEEN: What is the average lifespan of a kitchen garbage disposal?

a) 1-5 years

b) 5-10 years

c) 10-15 years

d) 15-20 years

ServiceOne Air Conditioning and Plumbing understands garbage disposals. We KNOW how important - and EASY - it is to get rid of food waste without sending it to landfills where it generates methane gas, eats away at the ozone level, and contributes to climate change.

Call us before the holiday crowds descend. Make sure your garbage disposal is ready to wage war against food waste!

Now through December 31, 2023, ServiceOne is offering $50 OFF on the installation of a new garbage disposal.


Are you at the top of the heap? Here are the answers to our quiz:

1 – C / 2 – B / 3 – D / 4 – B / 5 – B / 6 – A / 7 – A / 8 – C / 9 – D / 10 – A / 11 – B /
12 – C / 13 – A / 14 – C / 15 – C


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