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Old 09-18-2019, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I've never put food down the toilet. If have food that can't go down the disposal for some reason, it goes in the trash. If it's very liquidy, or for fats like what I skim off soup, etc., I freeze it in a plastic tub (from cottage cheese, etc) and then put it in the trash frozen so it doesn't make a mess. My trash has long since been picked up before it would melt.
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Old 09-18-2019, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I don't have a garbage disposal but do have city sewer. Occasionally the stray cat the I feed doesn't finish his canned cat food, so I flush the remains down the toilet. I figure that it has pretty much the same consistency as poop, so it doesn't make any difference to the pipes or the sewer system. Works so far!
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Old 09-18-2019, 03:37 PM
 
Location: planet earth
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I would never flush food down the toilet.

Throw any juicy stuff out in the yard and put the rest in a bag in the garbage.
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Old 09-18-2019, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Can you use a colander and strain it over the sink? Let the liquid go down and dump the solids in the trash.
Same.
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Old 09-18-2019, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I save all my jars and seal it up in one of these and dispose. Works very well for grease or thick liquids.
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Old 09-18-2019, 04:58 PM
 
Location: annandale, va & slidell, la
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We use ours sparingly. Garbage disposals are for incidental clearing, they're not meant to be trash cans.
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Old 09-18-2019, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Living rural, much of the time I just toss food out for wildlife. With foxes, groundhogs, and other critters I'm not concerned about the rodents that can plague suburbia. Grease and oils get saved for use in starting brush piles burning. Brush is simply a fact of life in the rural southeast. Small amounts of food waste can be flushed in septic systems. Cellulose is not as easily broken down, so things like celery and such are better left out.
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:15 PM
 
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My mother in law did this but I would never.
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:56 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Can you use a colander and strain it over the sink? Let the liquid go down and dump the solids in the trash.
I do this ^^^ but I think it's OK to occasionally dump liquid food like soups or sauces. Dilute it with water as needed.
However - flushing it waste water.
Liquid fat should be collected in the jar and discarded with regular trash.

Consider keeping your leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer for later use; there are a million ways to repurpose leftovers.
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Old 09-19-2019, 05:51 AM
 
Location: New Britain, CT
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Inspired by the "wipes" thread, I'm wondering about those of you without a garbage disposal.

I grew up with one, of course, but when we moved to the country and were on a septic, we quit using it except for very liquid stuff.

Down here, they don't exist and again, we are on septic that has to be pumped out 2x a year (condo).

So what do you do with your more liquid food waste? That's too much for the sink drain, like a soup or something. Grease goes in a jar for the trash, but non-grease waste.

Would you ever put it in the toilet? I mean, what's the difference from the "end" product?

PS: if you have a garbage disposal, I don't need to know about it, LOL. I know most do.

You do realize that what goes into the sink and what goes in the toilet end up in the same place.....? Unless you have separate sanitary drain and a graywater systems
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