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What is a Trash Compactor Used For?

Are you tired of taking out the garbage twice a day? Do you feel like you’re buying garbage bags every time you run to the store? If you said yes to either of these questions, a trash compactor may be exactly what you need! By flattening your garbage, it allows you to fit more in one bag. This means fewer trips to the curb and fewer bags used — a win, win for you and the environment!

How it Works

Compactors nowadays are very simple and often indistinguishable from traditional trash cans. Most compactors use a metal ram to compress garbage. Because the ram is usually controlled by a switch, you can pick and choose when you want to use the compactor.

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What Should Go in a Compactor

The beauty of a trash compactor is that most everything you would throw out in a traditional garbage can go in the compactor. Compactors can handle:

  • Thin glass bottles
  • Recyclable materials
  • Dry leftovers
  • Plastic waste
  • Cardboard

What Shouldn’t Go in a Compactor

Compactors can handle most garbage, but there are a few exceptions, like:

  • Thick glass bottles
  • Oils (either cooking oils or those from a car)
  • Wood
  • Electronics
  • Raw meat or fish
  • Animal waste

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