3 Steps to Getting the Right Trash Compactor for Your Household

As an increasing number of municipalities shift the cost of curbside trash collection to homeowners, one of the biggest shocks is the cost of having trash collected that exceeds the limits covered by the base fees. As if the new monthly charges aren’t aggravating enough, being charged extra or lacking trash collected at all can increase a homeowner’s frustration exponentially, especially when there was another set of charges for taking trash directly to the landfill.

One of the solutions to this situation may be the purchase of a trash compactor that can compress your weekly trash load to a size that fits within the standards of local curbside collection limits. Due to the fact that there are several ways in which trash compactors differ, there are several factors to consider before making a purchase. These factors include:

Style – Trash compactors can either be integrated underneath a countertop or set up as a free-standing unit. The style which will be the best choice for your household can often be determined by a single factor; whether there is room in the kitchen for an installed model or not. Integrated models typically come with a number of finishes so that the trash compactor can either match or coordinate with the other appliances in the kitchen. Free-standing models typically have a more durable and utilitarian look, due in part to the fact that they’re often located in the garage if they don’t fit in your kitchen.

Power to compact – Trash compactors typically reduce trash at ratios between 4 to 1 and 6 to at least one. A larger ratio means that the applying can handle more trash per compacted load. Keeping in mind that compacting trash reduces size but not weight, be sure that you’ll be able to deal with single load that weighs as much as 6 regular bags of trash if you’re considering the stronger models.

Features – Force in a trash compactor will usually stay in the machine for a longer period than a regular trash can, meaning that odors can be an issue. Adding an odor management feature can make a massive difference in this area. You may want to consider other features including noise reduction, toe-bar opening, and anti-jam technology as well.


Trash compactors can reduce the amount of your weekly trash load considerably. The benefits for you include trash volume that stays within local limitations, an even more manageable trash load, and the elimination of trips to take excess trash to the nearest landfill.