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Why should I install a waste disposal unit?
There have been a selection of international scientific studies which have proven that food waste disposers (FWDs) play an important role in solving the food waste management challenge.

You can view some articles on the arguments for using a food waste disposer, by clicking on the links below:

Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) article on waste disposers

A 3-page synopsis for Herefordshire and Worcestershire County Council

Even utility companies see the potential of extracting energy from sewage waste. Read how Thames Water are utilising sewage waste to generate energy, thus reducing costs

Will an EcoSink food waste disposer fit my sink?
All our food waste disposer units will fit standard sink waste outlets measuring 90mm in diameter, and up to 20mm sink thickness.

The air switch requires a 32mm hole to be fitted on the worktop or other suitable location.

What's the difference between continuous feed and batch feed?
There are two main types of waste disposer units:
  1. Continuous feed
  2. Batch feed

Continuous feed: Allows you to add food continually during the grinding process. All EcoSink models work this way.

Batch feed: Allows you to add food into the disposer before the power is switched on. Once the grind process is completed, you should switch it off before you add more food and switch it on again.

How is an Eco-Sink food waste disposer installed?
The machine will be installed underneath your sink and connected directly to the sink's waste water piping.

If your sink is not stainless steel, the installer should use silicone to ensure a watertight connection is made to the sink flange/sink.

Ideally, your food waste disposer should be fitted by a professional plumber. By employing a properly qualified professional, you can be sure that the unit is installed safely and correctly.

Do I need an electricity supply for a food waste disposer?
Yes EcoSink units require an electricity supply.

If you are planning to hardwire the unit or install an additional socket outlet then please ensure that you employ a certified electrician to perform this task.

What can I put down the sink into my waste disposer unit?
EcoSink will process chicken bones, fish bones, vegetable peelings, fruit skins, melon rinds, grapefruit skins, and even avocado stones.

Does an EcoSink food waste disposer need any maintenance or cleaning?
No, EcoSink food waste disposer units are designed to be maintenance-free.

To keep your machine in perfect working order, we recommend you use it regularly, and wash it thoroughly before and after each use with a small stream of cold water to keep it clean.

To avoid smells, periodically grind orange or lemon rinds or ice cubes sprinkled with household scouring powder into the disposer.

As the motor is magnetic, please ensure that you do not use any magnetic tools to dislodge a jam or to remove items from the unit. Ideally non-magnetic tools such as wooden spoons or plastic tongs would make the perfect instruments to help with food removal.

Important note: Do not put bleach or caustic drain cleaners into your EcoSink as this can cause corrosion

Can I still use a food waste disposer if I already have a septic tank?
The simple answer to this is yes you can still use a food waster disposer.

As it virtually liquefies food waste, there is no risk that it will block your septic tank, and the waste is equivalent to an additional household member.