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Trash Compactors

Installing a trash compactor in your kitchen can help eliminate the hassle of dealing with the trash. Compactors can reduce the volume of your trash by 75%, so that trips to the outside garbage can are significantly reduced. Compactors are small enough for even kitchens with limited space. They range in height from 34 1/8 to 35 inches, in width from 12 to 15 inches, and in depth from 24 to 24 1/4 inches. They can be purchased as freestanding, under the counter, or convertible models. Trash are available in finishes such as white, black, almond and stainless steel.

If you are thinking about buying a trash compactor, consider the following:

  • Most compactor models come with a 1/3 horsepower motor and have 1.4 cubic feet of capacity. They can have 2000, 2300 or 5000 pounds of compacting ram force. A higher force means that you can put more trash into the compactor.
  • Convenient features include toe bar draw openers, rear rollers for easy installation, built in air fresheners or charcoal filters, on/off control buttons, and caddies that store paper or plastic bags.
  • Look for models that have safety features such as ant-jamming systems, tilt sensors that prevent the compactor from operating if it is not level, and removable key knob controls that prevent the compactor from accidentally starting.
  • Trash compactors are easy to maintain. They only need an occasional interior vacuuming and an exterior mopping with hot, soapy water. Air fresheners or charcoal filters must be periodically replaced.

Full compactor bags can weigh as much as 50 pounds. Do not completely fill the bag if you cannot carry that much weight.

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