If you have an irrational love of bananas, and you regularly indulge this love, chances are your home is regularly having a banana peel disposal problem. Many people find it relatively easy to dump these peels in the garbage disposal and leave it at that. However, the fibrous nature of the peel makes such a method potentially problematic.
Your reading this shows that you, at least, recognize the fact that banana peel garbage disposal may not be ideal, and this is the first part to making a change as regards that little hygiene choice. The problem is not only for banana peels, as many food materials shouldn’t pass through a garbage disposal.
Stay with us as we explain why banana peels are unsuitable for garbage disposal, suitable methods for the disposal of banana peels, and other classes of food that are considered to be inappropriate for disposal via garbage disposal.
Due to the fibrous nature of banana peels, they should not be passed through a garbage disposal. This is not to say that they cannot be processed by the garbage disposal, but the fibers of the peel are potentially damaging to the appliance, and chances are it won’t break down the peels sufficiently enough to be worth the risk.
The fibers of the peel can wrap around the blades of the machine and affect its performance over time. This would shorten the machine’s life span and, as such, lead to early replacement or high maintenance costs to keep it working.
However, if you use more powerful garbage disposal such as the InSinkErator Evolution Excel model, the effects of the peel on the function of the appliance would be limited due to its higher power and three grinding stages. This particular model may be too noisy for your taste, and as such, there are also 2-stage quieter models such as the InSinkErator Evolution Essential XTR.
Now that we have established why banana peels are unsuitable for processing through garbage disposal, here are some more effective alternative means of disposal.
Garbage disposals can be marketed according to their more unique features, just like a ‘quiet garbage disposal’ or ‘garbage disposal for deep sinks’, but standard power garbage disposals usually have one telling disadvantage more powerful models; they are unsuitable for processing many foods.
Most of the foods and materials that are best left out of the garbage disposal are so classified because of their ability to cause jamming or clogging of the appliance. This potential to clog or jam the garbage disposal is a potentially damaging one that could have pronounced effects on the longevity and maintenance costs associated with the appliance.
If your garbage disposal is connected to your septic system, it might also be wise to avoid putting these foods in. That is, except you use a septic assist garbage disposal.
Though it seems easy and straightforward to throw scrap food into the garbage disposal, what you throw into it should be given more consideration. For instance, the case of banana peel garbage disposal is problematic because the fibers can wrap the appliance’s blades and leave them less effective.
In such a situation, negligence in the monitoring of what goes into the garbage disposal would be paid for in sweat, time, money or all of these combined. To prevent this, rather than just using your garbage disposal as a trash can, employ alternative methods to dispose of banana peels and other potentially problematic foods.
You also choose to get a more powerful garbage disposal better suited to dealing with all types of scraps.