Good interior design and renovation need not be expensive
North America has lived with under-sink garbage dispoals for several decades now. Not so in Singapore. Kitchen waste is typically bagged and thrown down a rubbish chute for collection and ultimately, dumped into landfills or incinerated.
Back in those days while living in Singapore, we found bagged kitchen waste a problem: It promotes pest infestation within the household and the community space where rubbish is collected (try standing near a rubbish chute…). Roaches, ants, lizards, rats are all too common in Singapore.
So we decided to go ahead with installing an under-sink garbage disposal (or garburator) in our apartment, after experiencing how convenient it really is, and greatly reduces pest problem. There are only two suppliers in Singapore selling the most popular American brand: InSink Erator.
Sansei Singapura Pte Ltd
No. 462 Tagor Industrial Avenue, 2nd Floor
Tel: 6292 8321
Kang Li Far East Pte Ltd
Blk 32, Toh Guan Road East
Tel: 6773 2166
HOW MUCH WE SPENT:
We got a basic model 45 with 1/2 horsepower (commonly known as Badger 5 series in US) that cost $430, almost 3.5 times more than what it would cost to buy it in the US. Plumber fees is $260. The appliance comes with an installation manual and a specific allen key that is used for future repair works in case the grinders get stucked.
Total cost: $690
The results have been very encouraging: Our ktichen waste is nearly cut down to just one small bag a day (mainly for large bones that cannot be grinded). No ants or roaches infestation so far (disclaimer: it’s been only two months). We were worried about foul smells coming from the sink and drains down below, but we’ve been vigilant in dousing it with lemon slices and ice every night. The kids are taught never to put their hands into the hole and they know it, so no accidents so far. The only minor issue is the switch is under the sink as well, so we have to open the cupboard door each time we want to turn it on. Our electrician refused to put any switches on or near the sink despite my assurance and numerous pictures to show them how it’s done safely in the US.
This is what our under-sink looks like now: