Did you you know that they make dishwashers with garbage disposals now? You don't even need to rinse the dishes. Just pop them in the machine and it does it for you, with the detritus from dinner going into the disposal. I thought this was insane when I first heard it. I mean, how hard is it to rinse dishes? I find it rather soothing myself. But, then again, this is America, where we are so lazy we have battery powered tooth brushes.
I have not really changed my mind on the dishwasher thing, but I am hoping that, at least for mothers with small children, they will soon invent the washing machine/garbage disposal combo. I won't burden you with the colorful details, but let's just say there are times when some of the edible bits of a little boys life make it to the laundry room, carried there in pockets I presume. At these times, a disposal would be good. I'm just saying.