Emerson’s InSinkErator Business Celebrates 75th Year

  Emerson’s InSinkErator Business Celebrates 75th Year

 Disposer technology has helped manage more than 77.3 billion pounds of food
     scraps, which wastewater treatment plants can use to generate biogas

Business Wire

RACINE, Wis. -- August 28, 2013

InSinkErator, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and the world’s largest
manufacturer of food waste disposers and instant hot water dispensers for home
and commercial use, is recognizing its 75^th anniversary with the production
of its 150 millionth disposer. This milestone comes at a time when
InSinkErator disposers are playing an increasingly critical environmental role
in managing food scraps, and are gaining popularity on a global scale.

“The rich history of InSinkErator positions our company well for future
innovations,” said Tim Ferry, president of InSinkErator. “We estimate that
InSinkErator has helped divert more than 77.3 billion pounds of food waste
from landfills. That’s enough to fill train cars stretching from Los Angeles
to New York and back –twice. As we celebrate this important milestone, we
also are pursuing the opportunities that lie ahead for us.”

Many of those opportunities can be found outside the United States, as
InSinkErator expands to new markets in Asia, India, the Middle East, and
Africa. As the development of infrastructure advances in these markets,
governments are increasingly looking at ways to better manage the volume of
food waste, a topic that InSinkErator has studied closely.

In fact, InSinkErator completed a Life Cycle Assessment study in 2011 to
evaluate the environmental footprint of food waste management options. The
intent of the study was to understand the impact of different food waste
disposal processes such as wastewater treatment, landfill, incineration, and
composting. The study found that managing food waste using a disposer has less
environmental impact over other methods such as landfilling. Grinding food
waste with a disposer and sending it via the wastewater stream to a treatment
plant diverts it from landfills, and by using anaerobic digestion, the
treatment plant can capture biogas in the form of methane. For instance, the
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District is able to generate electricity from
the methane created by the digestion of food waste in its wastewater
system.San Francisco, Philadelphia and many other cities also extract energy
from wastewater.

“As we look forward to the next 75 years, and landfill bans on organic
materials become more common, we’re exploring ways to broaden the use of food
waste to generate biogas,” said Ferry. “For example, we’re looking at
commercial institutions that manage large quantities of food waste, such as
sports arenas, grocery stores, hotels, and academic institutions, and thinking
about how best to process that food waste using an anaerobic digestion

On a different scale, InSinkErator disposers are being used to generate biogas
for cooking in urban settlements and remote villages that do not have access
to cooking gas or electricity. Dr. T.H. Culhane, a National Geographic
Emerging Explorer, is working with InSinkErator to install disposers and
community-scale anaerobic digesters in cities and villages in Latin America,
the Middle East, Europe, the United States, Asia and Africa. In some places,
people soon will be able to grind their food waste using InSinkErator-designed
“bicycle disposers,” using human power in the absence of electricity.

For more information on InSinkErator innovations and the company’s history,
visit www.insinkerator.com.

About InSinkErator

Headquartered in Racine, Wis., InSinkErator, a business of Emerson (NYSE:
EMR), is the world’s largest manufacturer of food waste disposers and instant
hot water dispensers for home and commercial use. For more information about
InSinkErator products, call 1-800-558-5700 or visit the company’s website at

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in
bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions
for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the
world. The company is comprised of five business segments:Process Management,
Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial &
Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2012 were $24.4 billion.For more
information, visit www.Emerson.com.


For Emerson
Monica Howald, 314-982-6233
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.