Frequently asked questions: Waste Disposal Units

17 January 2022 – 3 Minute Read

Which waste disposal unit?

There are many different types of waste disposal units to choose from. The right one for you will be determined by how you will use it. Continuous feed disposal units are fast and effective systems operated by a switch above the sink, and run continuously when switched on. There are also batch feed disposal units which allow you to dispose of food in batches. Once the chamber is full, you simply cover it and turn the plug to begin operation.

Who fits waste disposal units?

Waste disposal units are usually installed by plumbers, waste specialists or kitchen installers. Tradesmen who install waste disposal units often require knowledge of electrics as all units require an electrical supply. Search the Yell.com directory to find a tradesman near you who is able to advise on and install a waste disposal unit.

How much does it cost to fit a waste disposal unit?

It costs around £250 to have a new waste disposal unit fitted in a suitable sink. However, if you just require a waste disposal unit to be replaced, this will drop significantly to around £100. The cost of the waste disposal unit itself can vary depending on the type of unit you require. The average price is £250 but prices can range from £85 to £350.

Does a waste disposal unit need a trap?

Yes, waste disposal units do require a trap. Waste traps are designed to connect to the sink via pipework, allowing food to move between the mouth of the unit to an enclosed trap that can then be emptied.

Are waste disposal units environmentally friendly?

The answer to whether food waste disposal units are environmentally friendly depends on the food waste disposal system it replaces . While waste disposal units are not as environmentally-friendly as composting, they are significantly better than simply placing food waste in the bin.

What can you put down a waste disposal unit?

While it is important to avoid disposing of fat and bones, you can put a wide range of food products down a waste disposal unit, including:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Plain meats
  • Prepared dishes
  • Baked goods
  • Cereals.

Are all sinks compatible with waste disposal units?

Waste disposal units are not compatible with all sinks but they are easy to install in most sink units. However, it is important to make sure you choose the right waste disposal unit for your setup. Before you contact your local fitter or supplier, make a note of the type of sink and water waste system in your home.

Are waste disposal units safe?

Waste disposal units are safe to use and do not contain blades, as is commonly assumed. However, it is important to ensure all of the household – particularly children – exercise caution around the waste disposal unit as they should with any household appliance.

Are waste disposal units worth it?

Waste disposal units are worth it if this type of system works for you and your kitchen. There are many advantages to fitting waste disposal units. Specifically, they reduce the amount of food waste that ends up in the bin and landfill, they are hygienic and they require very little energy to power. However, they also cost money to install, are not as eco-friendly as composting and can produce odours if they are not cleaned. To determine whether it is the right choice for you, consider how you use your kitchen and the waste systems available in your area.