Waste Disposal Units – Batch Feed and Continuous Feed. What’s the Difference?
Disposing of our waste is big business. It’s also a major concern for the environment. Most of us separate our waste into items that can and cannot be recycled. But what do you do when it comes to your kitchen bin?
We all know the kitchen bin can give off an unpleasant smell from time to time. There are things we can do to limit this, such as composting whatever we can and emptying the kitchen bin regularly. However, that only moves the smell outside to the dustbin, so it doesn’t really solve the problem.
It’s one of the reasons why waste disposal units are becoming more popular in the UK. They’re quite common in the US, but it’s easy enough to buy and install a waste disposal unit under your kitchen sink. This will enable you to grind down peelings, nutshells and even things like chicken bones.
There are two types of waste disposal units – batch feed models and continuous feed models. Here, we’ll see what the differences are, so you can get the model that works best for you.
Batch feed waste disposal units
A batch feed unit works by grinding up waste in batches, hence the name. You put the waste you want to grind up into the unit, and then insert the plug at the top. You usually then have to turn this to start the unit and grind up the contents.
This type of waste disposal solution is ideal if there are only one or two of you in the property, and you don’t have large amounts of waste to get rid of each day. It is also safer than the alternative, because you cannot physically turn on the unit until you have the top secured in place. This means you cannot accidentally get anything caught in it while it is in operation – such as your fingers, for example.
Continuous feed waste disposal units
Again, the clue is in the name. With a continuous feed unit, you can switch it on and feed your waste products down the plughole of your sink until you have got rid of it all. The unit will operate continuously for as long as you need it to. You usually switch it on in one of two ways. Some will use an air switch near the sink. Others operate via a wall switch that you use just as you would a light switch.
This is often better to use if you have a large household and you have lots of waste to get rid of on a regular basis. Imagine cooking a roast dinner for example, with all the vegetable peelings, roast chicken bones and assorted other items to get rid of. If you have this kind of waste on a regular basis, a continuous feed unit would probably make more sense.
Both units are very safe in themselves, of course. However, with a continuous feed unit there is no plug that prevents something from being put down the drain by accident. As such, it is not ideal for households where safety is a priority, such as those where children may be present.
Not all waste disposal units – of either type – are created equal. Some are more powerful than others. Consider what you want to grind down and dispose of via your drain and see which units are designed to handle those items. If in doubt, get the best one you can possibly afford. A reliable waste disposal unit should be your ultimate aim in this case.