our digs are overturning getting into and generally attacking our
garbage can daily when were not home. heck they will turn it over even
empty and clean. must be their latest hobby.:( plus our community is
reportedly going to a single 96 gallon container picked up by machine.
i run a small business here and occasionally generate extra trash.
anyone have a compactor? are you happy? i never had one of these, but
oddly enough have room for it in the kitchen
I had a small cottage industry going for awhile replacing trash compactors
with pull-out recycle bin drawers.
Trash compactors were a solution in search of a problem because:
* They require special bags that cost a dollar or more each.
* The bags, when full, are too heavy for many people to lift.
* The stuff at the bottom rots and starts stinking before the bag gets
full. If you have a small family, it might take several weeks to fill it
* They squeeze paper pretty well, but don't really compact that much. They
won't crush bottles or heavy cans. They just squish normal cans a little.
* Modern recycling programs have removed all the really compactable stuff
from the trash stream.
Ours doesn't. We use ordinary kitchen size plastic garbage bags and
they work fine. Of course we did buy the expensive ones for awhile
until I figured out they were the same size as the plastic kitchen
What the heck we they putting in them that made them so heavy?
Meat and kitchen food scraps go outside in our garbage can which has a
latch on the lid.
We automatically empty ours every week the night before garbage
All of those things belong in the recycling bin.
Really? We are not allowed to put Styrofoam such as eggs cartons in
to the recycling bin. We do manage to fill ours at least half full
every week. Things such as prescription bottles go into it because of
One of the condo developments that I do work in each had one installed by
the builder 20 something years ago. I am surprised to find that there are a
few still around. Just another appliance to break down and they are a PIA to
clean out thoroughly to get rid of the smell. I have pulled a few out for
customers and they can be quite nasty if not cleaned regularly.
Personally I wouldn't want a week's worth of garbage collecting in the
house. Here in NJ we must recycle paper, boxes, cans, and bottles so a
separate container must be used for that stuff.
It was one of those bad ideas of the 70's. Few people really want an
immovable object that smells like a landfill.
If you want something cool, get an automatic compost maker. :-)
So all of your trash that is not meat, vegetables or fruit and does
not belong in the recycling container is not worth putting in the
What the heck are you putting in the compacter that adds up to 250
pounds? When ours is full it seldom weighs more than 15 pounds.
on 3/23/2008 6:58 PM email@example.com said the following:
I have had the same Kenmore compactor in my kitchen for 20+ years. It
has never required repair.
I have used a trash compactor for over 40 years, starting with a Kenmore
portable unit when I lived in an apartment.
In answer to some other comments.
We used to use the $.50 compactor bags sold by Sears for years. A year
or so ago when we ran out of the special bags, we used a Glad ForceFlex
kitchen bag as a temporary solution. It worked so well that we continued
to use them, and still use them today. They very rarely tear, and if
they do, it is near the top where the bag stretches over the container
We recycle glass and plastic, so they don't go into the compactor,
thereby reducing the risk of bag tearing (glass used to tear the special
When we dump messy food remains into the compactor, we place newspaper
over the mess, to keep the ram clean.
The trash in our compactor lasts about a week. There is no noticeable
smell, probably due to the newspaper covering the messy stuff .
The compactors come with a special spray can attachment that
automatically sprays a dose into the container when the door is closed,
but we haven't used them for years and a spray of Odo-Ban or Febreze
once in a while will do the same.
The bag does get heavy, but I have no problem getting the bag out, and I
When you get that 96 gallon trash can for the auto-load garbage trucks,
your dogs will have a hard time getting into it as the lid itself is
very heavy and about 42" off the ground..
WE have used a trash compactor for about 30 years. For the past 10 years,
we have been required to separate our recyclable items from the rest. We
began using the compactor for the recyclables, the rest in a regular trash
can. Since we rinse the items before putting them in the compactor, there
is no smelly mess. Depending on the weeks activity, we can go anywhere from
1-3 weeks before emptying the compactor. Newspapers and other paper times
go in a separate paper bag. The soft foods go into the disposal and the
other trash does not cause a smelly mess
On Mon, 24 Mar 2008 07:23:45 -0700 (PDT), " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Which is why we bought a garbage can for outside that has a latch on
it. So far the raccoons and possums haven't figure out how to open it,
but they sure love our bird feeders even though they are "squirrel
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