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Are garbage disposals standard?

I have been pondering the popularity of garbage disposals. I have noticed many comments, some in passing, on CH concerning the use of garbage disposals/disposers (sp?). They seem very common on here, but where I live (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) they are very uncommon; I would even say rare. I think they are legal, but I know they are discouraged. We do have municipal composting, and have for years.

So, are they the norm where you are?

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  1. I move around a lot (NY State) and have never had a garbage disposal.
    My sister in law lives South of Boston and has one. She is the only one I know who does.

    1. when i lived in new york, i didn't have one.
      when i lived in connecticut and in california, i had/have one when i lived in modern apartments/condos, but did have one but when i lived in 1920's construction ..

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      1. re: westsidegal

        Fairly standard here, unless you're on a private septic system.

        In-Sink-Erator is pretty much the standard in the industry.
        http://www.insinkerator.com/en-us/Pag...

      2. Where I live (Seattle area) they are very much standard. It would be highly unlikely to find a home that didn't have one...even modest apartments and houses come equipped with one.

        The only exception I can think of is in some cases where a home is on septic instead of sewer. It can be problematic to have a garbage disposal with some septic systems but most folks I know who have encountered this have found a way to make it work.

        1. Common here as well (Ohio), though we don't have one. We do have a septic system, and that would be why. There are lots of opinions on both sides of whether it is harmful to your septic system, but I figure why take the chance?

          1. My two childhood houses were built in 1890 (in NC) and 1920 (in VA), and did not have them. All other houses/apartments I've lived in had/have them, and all were built between 1960-1980 (and all in NC). All houses were on municipal sewer, no septic tanks.