Trash compactors streamline kitchen waste disposal by reducing both the volume of trash and the number of trips to outside garbage cans. In addition, they can serve to discourage inquisitive children and pets from getting into the garbage. Trash compactors can also be valuable to those who live in communities that place a cap on the volume of garbage and to those who want to compress their recycling.
Current trash compactor models have a number of convenient options including dual openers via handle and a toe bar, trash baskets that tilt toward you when the compactor opens, anti-jam sensors, noise insulation, and built-in charcoal air-freshening filters. Modern trash compactors feature 2,000 to 5,000 lbs. of force to compress the waste as densely as possible. The appliance can be either freestanding or installed under the counter, usually on the opposite side of the sink from the dishwasher for a quick and easy clean-up from a single work station.