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Not Very Succesfully.

Our local council has an initiative to cut waste to landfill.  Along with the reasonably priced compost bins, they are offering a discount on waste disposers fitted into your kitchen sink -  to deal with the stuff you cannot compost.  What a great idea. With fortnightly waste collections, that bit of chicken skin and fish bones get a bit high in the summer. There are some vegetables that do not compost successfully.  Win-win scenario. Less waste for the council to collect. Our bins dont pong.  So, when we improved our kitchen, we fitted the waste disposer. Got our money from the council and everything should have been hunky-dory. 
Only, it cant deal with chicken skin, or fish bones, or any really fibrous vegetable matter, such as banana skins.
So now, because its more convenient,  we are using clean water and electricity to get rid of orangepeel and teabags, both of which would have previously been composted. while the chicken skin etc still end up ponging in the bin.
Perhaps the council approved model, was based on cost, not efficiency. Whatever the reasoning, this "green" investment has not helped the planet.
avatarunknown avatarunknown 51-55, F 5 Responses May 9, 2012

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Perhaps it's not just a money thing. I remember distinctly spending about twenty minutes lying under the sink with possibly the richest guy I've ever met in the flashest, most penthouse apartment I've ever seen, trying to extract something pretty innocuous from his waste disposal unit.

Ah, Well, the dishwasher was second hand, I thought it was neccessary when my husband invited fourteen people for Christmas lunch !! Sometimes i forget its there. We certainly dont use it every day.

Our council had a clever new policy too. It was to BAN DOORMATS! from outside the front doors of any flats that had a communal area, ie. a hallway, or foyer type area.<br />
I missed the letter informing us of this, if indeed one was ever sent and so, on deadline day, I was surprised to find my doormat had vanished.<br />
It is now cluttering up some council storage facility for which of course we tennants/residents have to pay.out of our council tax. from where I can retrieve it upon payment of a fine.<br />
It wasn't a bloody illegally parked car!!!

is the fine more than the cost of a new doormat? To be placed Inside the door.

Inside the door wouldn't work, there simply isn't any clearance.
Plus the mat, when it was outside, helped to reduce the angle my chair tipped forward when going outside.

That is too bad, nice try council huh?

I don't have a dishwasher either ~~are we the last ones without this modern wonder? :-O I rather enjoy washing dishes. (but I wouldn't wash peanut butter jars out, I bet that took 20 minutes!) If you get a puppy....they like to lick them clean! :-) there is an idea.