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According to an article published by LA Times in 2016, followed by the highly populous China, along with Brazil, Japan and Germany, the world’s largest economy, the United States, is the leading trash generator in the world. The article went on to say that Americans produced more than 200 million tons of waste in 2006, which spiked to 254 tons by 2013, generating an average 1.3 billion tons of waste each year. What is more worrying to know is that the annual generation of waste is expected to soar to 4 billion tons by 2100, the article further added.


Once we take the garbage out of our home, little do we wonder where all that waste goes. After all, we’ve done what we were expected to do, we have placed all the trash in the right place for the city authorities to take care of. And we do pay a good amount each year for these trash services to discard our garbage far away from the city. So, it no longer is our problem, right? The unfortunate reality is that with the amount of garbage we are generating, even the civic authorities are hard pressed to find effective disposal solutions.


Fortunately, the people in Wilmette have taken matters into their own hands and are increasing installing garbage disposal systems in their homes through the services of plumbers in Wilmette, says an expert at Mikes Chicago Plumbing, a leading Chicago Plumbing Services.

Dangers Associated with Trash

Standing just next to a dustbin can easily turn off a person, which makes it hard to imagine the environment of a dumping ground or landfill. It is beyond imagination the threat waste poses to the environment and our health. Trash discharges toxic substances, which poisons the air we breathe. In fact, food scraps, on decomposition, produce methane gas that are 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide in terms of trapping heat in the earth’s atmosphere, resulting in global warming. Even if the food waste is incinerated at the landfill, it also produces emissions, harmful for the environment.


Unmanaged trash, containing pollutants, runs into the rivers and seeps into ground water. It pollutes the ground water, which is harmful for those who consume it. All the solid waste goes on to clog the drains during floods.

Garbage Disposal is the Solution

Have you ever compared the volume of food waste when it is in its solid form and after it is ground? The difference is remarkable. A garbage disposal system, installed under a kitchen sink, between the sink’s drain and trap, is usually electrically powered, and shreds food waste and leads the end product directly to the drains.


This means that there is less garbage to take care of in a home. Moreover, when the leftover food is ground up and flushed directly into the sewage system, it leads to more sanitary conditions in a house, supporting the residents’ well-being.


You might worry that the food waste would get mixed with the water supply, but the fact is that the waste is sent to a water treatment plant, where the methane emitted by decomposition is captured to be used to generate electrical energy or power.

When using a garbage disposal, the best Chicago plumbing services suggest not overloading the device and always using plenty of cold water while running it to ensure its long life. However, in case the device does develop a problem, there are always 24 hour plumbers in Chicago you can rely on.