Garbage Disposal Buttons: Everything You Need to Know

Garbage Disposal Buttons: Everything You Need to Know
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Using a garbage disposal button is an easy, aesthetic way to activate garbage disposals. In this post, we'll explore how a garbage disposal button works, how to install one, and what to do if it's not working.

A garbage disposal button is a convenient and easy-to-use device that activates your garbage disposal system or Sepura. Garbage disposal buttons typically need to be installed by connecting the button to the wiring and drilling a hole into your counter where you want to mount it. Sepura’s button is wireless and does not require any wiring or drilling.

How does a garbage disposal button work?

The garbage disposal button is connected to an electrical circuit that controls the operation of your garbage disposal unit. When you press the button, it completes the circuit, allowing electricity to flow to the disposal unit. This activates the motor, which spins the blades inside the unit, breaking down the food waste into smaller particles.

Additionally, the button is often connected to an air switch, which provides an extra layer of safety by isolating the electrical components from water. This means that even if your hands are wet or the sink is filled with water, you can still operate the garbage disposal safely by using the button.

Sepura is a sustainable garbage disposal alternative and is activated by a wireless button. Sepura’s button does not require any drilling or wiring and activates the unit using Bluetooth. 

Once food scraps compile down your sink and need to be discarded, press Sepura’s button, and water will drain down your sink while the food scraps are sent into an under-sink compost bin.

Sepura wireless button

How to install a garbage disposal button?

Installing a garbage disposal button is a relatively straightforward process. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you get started:

  1. Turn off the power: Before beginning the installation, make sure to turn off the power supply to the garbage disposal unit. Locate the circuit breaker that controls the disposal and switch it off to ensure your safety.
  2. Mount the button: Choose a suitable location for the garbage disposal button near your kitchen sink. Drill a hole in the countertop or the sink itself, ensuring that it is a comfortable reach from where you usually stand. Insert the button into the hole and secure it in place according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  3. Connect the wiring: Carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions to connect the wiring from the button to the electrical circuit of the garbage disposal unit. This may involve removing the cover plate of the disposal unit and connecting the wires using wire nuts or other connectors. Double-check all connections to ensure they are secure.
  4. Test the button: Once the wiring is complete, turn the power back on and test the button to ensure it activates the garbage disposal unit. Press the button and listen for the familiar sound of the motor running. If the unit doesn't start, double-check the wiring connections and consult the manufacturer's instructions for troubleshooting tips.
How to install Sepura's wireless button

Installing Sepura’s wireless button doesn’t require any wiring, drilling, or professional help. Here’s how you can integrate the wireless activation button with Sepura:

  1. Pick an area near your sink where you would like the button to be, then clean and dry it.
  2. Once the area is completely dry, remove the adhesive backing from the button.
  3. Press the button, adhesive side down, firmly into place. Wait 24 hours before wetting the area again.
  4. Test it out! Your Sepura unit should now be ready to use. 

The Sepura unit uses the same connections as a garbage disposal for easy retrofitting. Follow the user guide, or watch our installation video for a more detailed installation guide. 

Garbage disposal button not working?

If your garbage disposal button is not working, there could be several reasons why. Here are some common issues and possible solutions:

  1. Power supply: Check if the power supply to the garbage disposal unit is functioning properly. Ensure that the circuit breaker is not tripped and that the unit is receiving power. If necessary, reset the circuit breaker or replace any blown fuses.
  2. Wiring connections: Inspect the wiring connections between the button and the garbage disposal unit. Loose or damaged connections can prevent the button from activating the unit. Tighten any loose connections or replace damaged wiring as needed.
  3. Faulty button or switch: If the wiring connections are secure, the issue may lie with the button itself. Over time, buttons can wear out or become faulty. Consider replacing the button with a new one from the manufacturer or contacting a professional for assistance.
  4. Garbage disposal unit malfunction: In some cases, the problem may not be with the button but with the garbage disposal unit itself. If the unit is not responding to the button, it could indicate a motor or internal component malfunction. In such cases, it is recommended to contact a professional plumber or an authorized service provider to inspect and repair the garbage disposal unit.


A garbage disposal button and a Sepura wireless button offer a convenient and efficient way to dispose of food scraps and keep your kitchen clean. 

Installing Sepura’s wireless activation button is a safe and easy process that anyone can do.

When installing a garbage disposal button, always prioritize safety by turning off the power and following the manufacturer's instructions. If you encounter any issues with the button or the garbage disposal unit, troubleshoot the power supply, and wiring connections, and consider seeking professional help if needed.