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15th June 2018


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Last Saturday, as part of my weekend estate agency job, I showed a family around an expensive house they were considering buying. Without even having seen the upstairs the husband examined the rather plush kitchen in detail, which isn’t normally how things are done, but as it gave me some real hands on experience of some of the things I write about in KBzine, I was happy to go with the flow.

I loved the kitchen, which was full of the types of appliances I can only ever dream of owning. He wasn’t as impressed though, first complaining that the fridge freezer was integrated, saying than the one in the rented accommodation he’s currently in keeps breaking down as the airflow is insufficient and that this is a common problem with some integrated fridge freezers, (I’d love your comments on this please!).

Then, reaching under the sink, he complained that the InSinkErator food waste disposer is an inferior model that the one he’s currently using and doesn’t ‘do bones’!

My first thought was that he might be about to do away with his rather badly behaved child, but my second was one of indignation. Complain about an InSinkErator? He’s lucky to have one as it is! And whether such a device ‘does bones’ or not, it has to be infinitely better than scraping leftover food into old newspapers before wrapping it and taking it out to the kerbside collection box!

Food waste disposers such as these divert around 20% of household waste away from landfill and have been judged to have a smaller carbon footprint than kerbside collection. They’re also much easier and more pleasant to use. I was most surprised to learn from a press release this week that they’ve been in manufacture for 75 years. Let’s hope that with landfill space being used up as quickly as it is, it won’t be another 75 years before every home has one – bone crushing model or not!





Jan Hobbs


13th September 2013

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