Over the past two weeks, residents in Raleigh, NC have been fired up in a debate over garbage disposals.
A City Council ordinance that went into effect on March 17 bans new homes and businesses in Raleigh that connect to the city sewer system from having disposals. The ordinance also makes it illegal for owners of existing disposals to replace their units or have a plumber repair them.
The ordinance is intended to prevent sewer overflow by reducing the amount of food waste and grease that builds up in the sewer system. Raleigh is the first city in the country to ban garbage disposals.
Opponents of the measure cite a lack of opportunity for public comment on the measure and claim that efforts to educate the public on popper disposal use would be more effective than an outright ban.
The ban leaves plumbers, contractors and hardware retailers unsure about the consequences they might face for repairing, installing or selling a disposal system.
Click HERE for an article from the Raleigh News and Observer.