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Take Out the Garbage: A Beginner’s Guide to Trash Compactors

If you’re tired of taking the garbage out every other day, then investing in a trash compactor might make your life a lot easier. Trash compactors are a reservoir for waste and recyclables that get frequently compacted to take up less space than in a traditional garbage can. We’ve put together a trash compactor guide for newbies to help you figure out if a trash compactor is right for you.

How Trash Compactors Work

Trash compactors work similarly to mini garbage trucks to push garbage into a more compact space. First, you place trash or debris in the compactor bin with a liner bag. After the compactor closes, you merely push a button or turn knob and a metal ram crushes and crunches your trash into smaller pieces. As a result, your trash takes up less space.

Trash Compactors for Garbage

Typically, you can toss anything you would usually throw in the garbage into your trash compactor. Compactors are especially helpful for crushing recyclable items, such as bottles and aluminum. You should always place bottles and boxes in the bin on their sides for efficient compacting. Again, you want to set significant items in the middle of the container for compacting. Doing so prevents tears in the compactor bag. It also keeps any broken debris from damaging parts of the appliance.

Changing Compactor Bags

Compactor bags have some similarities and differences to regular garbage bags. Manufacturers make compactor bags of either plastic or heavy paper that lines the bin of the compactor. Moreover, most compactors have a sensor that will alert consumers when the compactor bag is full, but visually, it is pretty easy to tell when you need to change the compactor bag. The bag can then go in the garbage can or recycling, depending on the contents.

Safety First

The most important safety aspect includes ensuring that you secure and lock your trash compactor while the compacting process occurs. Because the metal ram is forceful when crushing, accessing the bin during compacting is incredibly dangerous and can cause injury. Additionally, overfilling the compactor bag can cause damage to the metal ram or bin, resulting in compactor malfunction. Avoid putting any glass into a compactor, especially glass shards. The sharp edges often damage the compactor and cut through the compactor bag, causing injury.

Trash compactors are a useful appliance both at home and outside it. They help reduce the amount of space your garbage takes up both at your home and in landfills. If you have questions about trash compactors, you can always rely on the trained professionals at Doc’s Appliance Service. For maintenance needs, give us a call today at 800-726-7130.
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