Waste disposal unit manufacturers are attributing an increase in demand to a cashback scheme run by Worcestershire County Council. Manufacturers said that more people are looking for alternative ways to deal with kitchen waste and now buy a food waste disposer when purchasing a new kitchen.
The councils cashback scheme for residents enables them to claim money back against the cost of buying and installing a food waste disposer.
Council project development officer Jeremy Howell-Thomas said: "The boom in demand can be partly traced to people's attitudes changing in the face of variations in methods of collecting household waste. Food waste disposers offer a means of responsibly dealing with kitchen food waste like chicken bones and other food leftovers without having to throw them in the kitchen bin.
However, questions about the effects of such systems on sewerage infrastructure have been by raised by South West Water, which said that putting food waste down the drain is like fly-tipping (October 23 2007 www.rwminfo.com). It urged local authorities not to replicate this kind of scheme.