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Why we don’t have a garburator.

Lots of people own garburators. We don’t.

Garburators are not an environmentally friendly option to get rid of your food waste. It requires a considerable amount of water to run, places unnecessary strain on our sewer system and water treatment facilities and negatively impacts aquatic life. Instead, please compost (or use a green cone). – City of Richmond website

I would install an insinkerator if it looked like this. Tee hee! The Flintstones knew a little about zero waste.There are a lot of smart people who agree with me on this not wanting a garburator thing including David Suzuki and his Queen of Green.  http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/queen-of-green/2010/11/break-up-with-your-garburator/#comments Even “The Green Book” states that garburators are not the right choice for food waste disposal. We use our Green Cone and our composter to take care of all of our food waste. I have heard rumours that we will be getting compost pick up soon which should make it a lot easier for people who don’t have the space or time for composting. It will also reduce over-all garbage dumping because more things can be composted in industrial composters such as Q-tips, used paper towels, pizza boxes, latex balloons, 100% cotton balls and hair (yes, hair).

Again I would like to say that this is just one of the choices we as a family have made. In no way are we judging anyone for making different choices. I would just like people to think about why they do things though and make decisions for themselves.


If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito.                           – an African Proverb


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


3 thoughts on “Why we don’t have a garburator.

  1. Port Coquitlam has household green waste pick up, and I am so thankful for it. Everything goes into the bucket, even waste that normally doesn’t go in the composter such as bones and raw meat. It has reduced the amount of garbage that we put in the bucket so much that we only put out our garbage once a month for pick up. Green waste gets picked up every 2nd week in the winter.

    Posted by Sarah Tobin | January 27, 2012, 8:48 am
    • That is what I am hoping will happen in our town. Imagine if everyones garbage could be reduced by even 25%. Maybe they could stop talking about building an incinerator. Once a month is amazing Sarah! We put two weeks worth of garbage out this week and it only filled the two garbage cans. We would love to get to three and then four weeks (or one little bag a week).

      Posted by stephanieough | January 27, 2012, 9:17 am
  2. Moreover, if you have city water, all that beautiful organic veggie waste gets treated in the same fashion as your, uh, poop. Why not just eliminate the middle man (e. coli) and use it in your yard? We have the added bonus of treating our own sewerage (septic), so nothing but poop (and pee) goes into our treatment system. Otherwise, we wind up having to pay to pump it out later.

    Posted by Shannon | August 24, 2012, 6:54 pm

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