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Waste disposal equipment, or food waste disposals, are used to dispose of kitchen scraps, leftovers, and other food waste. Since most disposals grind up the food waste they receive, they are best suited to liquid or semiliquid waste. Solid waste, such as meat and bones, should never be disposed of in a garbage disposal.

Most kitchen waste disposals come in two styles: splash guard (or batch feed) and sink mount. The splash guard disposals require you to lift the stopper and pour the food scraps. When the stopper is replaced, the disposer will resume its regular operation. The sink mount units are activated when a button on the side of the sink is pushed.