The days of compacting our trash like this are long gone, and just as well.
The modern household trash compactor is a sleek and energy efficient appliance which serves many useful roles.
On our site you will find lots of information about trash compactors, including reviews to assist you in buying your first, or next, garbage compaction system.
Benefits of Trash Compacting
The whole idea behind trash compaction is to reduce the amount of garbage that is generated by a household (or business).
In turn, this means more waste can fit in a single load when it is taken to be dumped in landfill or whatever is the garbage’s final resting place.
In some neighborhoods, and this is a growing trends, residents and businesses have to compact their trash before it is collected.
It is estimated that a trash compactor can reduce the volume of waste from 50 to 90 per cent, so that less space is required to store it and the number of garbage pick ups can be reduced.
All of this results in saving of energy and money for all concerned.
Trash Compactor Operation
Trash compactors are modern kitchen appliances which have a storage drawer which slides out from the unit. In here you fit a special trash compactor bag which is tougher then a normal trash bag and into which you place your trash.
The trash to be compacted can include all sorts of garbage, including bottles, cans, polystyrene and packaging materials, food and vegetable waste. In fact, anything that can be compressed.
When the drawer is closed and the compaction cycle is started, a motor will lower a press into the trash receptacle and within a short space of time the volume of your trash will be significantly reduced.
Features of Trash Compactors
A few features of trash compactors include:
- key knob control to prevent unintentional use
- console panel display
- charcoal filter and air freshener system
- sound insulation
- roller wheels
- anti-jam system for preventing and clearing jams
- tilt sensors for avoiding unbalanced operation.
Some trash compactors include an “extra compaction” cycle, also known as Extra-Pac or “hold”. Depending on the type of trash being compacted, it can be used to hold down the trash for a period of time to prevent it from expanding again.
After operation, it is a simple process to remove the bag of compacted waste, wipe down the trash compactor and fit a new bag ready for the next compaction cycle.
Types of Trash Compactors
Some convertible compactors can be either free standing or under counter.
A free standing trash compactor will typically have a finished top which gives the advantage of additional bench space in your kitchen, or whatever room you decide to place the compactor.
An under counter trash compactor can be conveniently installed between cabinets which saves space. It is also possible to build-in the unit with a trim kit to provide a flush fitting look in keeping with the rest of the kitchen.
The size of domestic trash compactors is reasonably uniform across different brands – height about 34 to 35 inches, width between 12 and 15 inches, and depth around 24 to 25 inches. The compressed trash space is about 1.4 to 1.6 cubic feet.
The major difference between machines in their compacting force which can vary between 2000 pounds and 5000 pounds of force. This affects both the compaction rate and the cycle time, which you are able to compare in our trash compactor reviews.
Trash Compacting and Kitchen Composting
The benefits of having a kitchen trash compactor are without argument. The ability to compress trash (particularly dry waste) provides many advantages ranging from convenience, cost reduction and positive environmental impact.
However, in some cases the modern home trash compactor is not well suited for organic waste, in particular kitchen food scraps and the like.
A wonderful complementary approach to your domestic waste is to use a kitchen composting system in conjunction with your trash compactor. This type of product enables you to convert organic trash not suited to the compactor into rich compost for your garden.
There are basically two approaches to kitchen composting – an automatic system which uses a minimal amount of power to produce the compost (such as the NatureMill automatic compost bin) or a manual system, such as the traditional Sunwood Life Bokashi compost kit. Either way, you will produce super compost for virtually a few pennies and further reduce your household trash.