I used to manage an apartment building and saw all kinds of problems with people putting the wrong types of items in their disposals. Never put celery, anything string or greasy in your garbage disposer. Avoid large bones. Ice cubes and small chicken bones are good for keeping the blades sharp.
Also, I suggest you ALWAYS run cold water through the disposer. Hot water makes grease stick to the blades and gums up the works. A piece of lemon or orange is great for the disposer - it cleans the blades and produces a fresh citrus smell.
Both replies are great and I can vouch for the celery issues. It was holiday and I was preparing soup (lots of vegies including celery) for 25 people. By dinner-time, the sink had clogged up and all the dishes (25 people, 3-4 dishes each) had to wait until they unclogged the drain and pulled out a web of celery.
Lemons, limes and even apples create a great scent and ice cubes clean off the blades.
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