F A L L / W I N T E R 2 0 0 9 ENVIORNMENTAL BENEFITS (HCFC) AIR OF FOOD WASTE DISPOSERS CONDITIONING Food waste disposers were invented nearly 80 years ago as a convenience for REFRIGERANT residential kitchens and cooks. Since then, they have become a standard appliance in U.S. kitchens and more recently have found growing acceptance internationally for a perhaps PHASE OUT unexpected reason: concern about the environment. Everything municipalities normally do with food waste is environmentally problematic: UPDATE Stored inside buildings it generates ordors and bacteria; piled in bags on sidewalks it There is a lot of confusion attracts vermin; collected in trucks and shipped to distant landfills it decomposes and about the upcoming transition produces acidic leachate that can contaminate ground water as well as methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is partly held to blame for global warming. And the trucks spew diesel from the use of HCFC’s (R22 fumes as they travel back and forth to the landfills. Nothing about this process is cheap, type) to HCFC (R410A) in newly hygienic, environmentally friendly or substainable. manufactured products. The Sending food sraps through a disposer is a more environmentally friendly alternative. Montreal Protocol prohibits The environmental advantages have been demonstrated consistently by third party studies the use of HCFC’s in NEW all over the globe, including in the United States, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, equipment manufactured after Italy, Lebanon and Japan. Communities around the world have come to see food waste January 1, 2010. There will disposers as an effective contributor to a holistic waste management program. Here’s a be no problem with existing look at why. equipment with HCFC’s. There Disposers help recycle waste: is plenty of refrigerant around Food waste makes up about 20% of residential waste and even though it gets sent (although the price is going to landfills with other solid waste, it is mostly water – about 70% water and 30% solids. up to due increased demand That high water content is what contributes to acidic leachate that can contaminate and reduced supply.) There ground water. Food – like all once living things (dinosaurs included) also has a high is no need to replace existing carbon content. That’s why when it decomposes food waste produces green house gases, AC equipment with the newer primarily methane, which is at least 21 times more destructive than carbon dioxide, another refrigerant unless you have green house gas. another type of concern ie: While some landfills are attempting to capture methane gas, their acreage and the fact breakdown or upgrade. that methane is generated throughout a landfill, not just in one spot, mean the process is very inefficient. Currently about 41% of US food waste goes to landfills. However, because food What’s Inside... waste is mostly liquid, it makes more sense to pulverize it in a disposal and send it through sewers to municipal wastewater treatments plants (or to septic systems). And modern Waste Disposers . . . . . . . . . page 1 disposers can pulverize nearly 100% of Refridgerant Phase Out . . . page 1 food waste, including bones, pineapple Pumpkin Muffins . . . . . . . . page 2 tops and apple cores. 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