Disposing of the Turkey Leftovers. Take Care of Your Septic System.

Real Estate Agent with Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate 303829;0225082372


Lots of talk on ActiveRain today about Thanksgiving Day food and cooking wastes.  The cooking, the eating and finally, disposing of the waste requires a bit of thought. 

Andre Bareth gives some good advice about garbage disposers.  Yes, some of it is just common sense, but for those of us who live with "on-site waste disposal systems", otherwise knownMcKim as septic systems, it gets a tad more complicated.

SEE:  Thanksgiving is almost here:Tips to avoid Garbage Disposal backups!

Sure, that septic system will take a good deal of waste material, but if home owners permit solid, even ground solids, to go down the drain, pumping that septic system on a regular basis is critical. 

If you have a home with a septic system, you DO NOT want to dispose of garbage through the disposer.

Sure, the disposer may be able to handle the waste, but CAN THE SEPTIC SYSTAM??

Don't risk it.  If you live in a rural area don't have a composting area of your own, find and use the local county landfill location and services. I can't imagine disposing of turkey waste in a compost area anyway.  Seems to me that would only draw meat eating wild animals like bears, foxes, snakes, etc.  Lime has it's limits.  Save your composting for vegetable matter.

My back-up is the Loudoun County Landfill.  SEE: 

Loudoun County Landfill - Leesburg VA - It's Environmentally Friendly






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Comments (5)

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

A happy household is one with a happy, functioning septic.

Nov 19, 2012 10:57 PM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

The last thing that should go in a compost pile is any meat product or any already cooked product.  I'm head to my garden spot this morning to add a few things to the compost pile and cut a few fresh herbs to enhance our meal.

Nov 19, 2012 10:58 PM
Kathy Stoltman
Balboa Real Estate - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

Lenn, all those households that have septic systems need to understand what steps they can take to keep it running smoothly. This a post worth reading.

Nov 19, 2012 11:11 PM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Andrew.  You are SO right about that.  A heppy home buyer and seller are too.

Cindy.  You've got it right.

Kathy.  Thanks.  I sell a lot of homes with septics and the buyers generally have never lived with one.

Nov 19, 2012 11:18 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lenn I am on city water and sewer so this information is new to me, but good to know in case I ever purchase a house that is on well and septic.

Nov 20, 2012 02:14 AM