Clients will fall into two categories when it comes to their need for trash compactors. Either they must have one and feel they can’t live without it, or they don’t want one anywhere near their house. The draw of trash compactors is that they reduce the bulk of non-food kitchen waste generated by the family. This can be useful in locations where trash disposal is costly, difficult, or based on volume. However, as more and more communities implement recycling programs, the trash compactor’s use may decline because it will only be used with non-food items, typically recyclable items.
Residential compactors come with 1⁄2- to 3⁄4-hp motors that require 120V power. The more expensive models have odor and sound control devices included. The best place to locate a compactor is between the sink and refrigerator or close to any recycling bins. As with all appliances where the doors open into the walkway, always ensure clear access and minimize traffic conflicts.
Courtesy of NARI CKBR education program