questionsdoes anyone use a trash compactor anymore?

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I'm in a similar situation. We bought an older house 11 years ago and discovered that it had a trash compactor that still worked. We tried to order bags for it but found that they cost $7-8 dollars each, and regular trash bags were too thin and didn't fit well, so we just didn't use it for a while. Then we found inexpensive bags for compactors locally so we gave it a whirl. We actually found that it's great, as long as we are careful about using it. Most food products go into the garbage disposal, recyclable stuff goes into a bin, and not much is left for the garbage anyway. Just to be careful, we try to make sure that we place a thin layer of newspaper or something like that over the top of the garbage before we compact it. I like it enough to have one included in the plans for our next house. Certainly saves a lot of trips to the trash can, and since our twice weekly garbage collection is limited to a pretty small bin, it reduces the volume going there.

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I had one in my old house and I loved it. At first it was kind of hard to find bags for it but I think we ended up finding what we needed at Home Depot. I think it definitly helped reduce the number of garbage bags we had to put in the big bin for trash pick up. Like the other person said, putting newspaper or something over the top of the trash before compacting would help it from getting dirty or what we would do is just turn like the plates and everything so the underside of the plate would be facing up and whatever was left would be facedown in the trash and not get stuck on the top. I personally loved having a trash compactor and I wish the new house im in had one.

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I just purchased a nearly new trash compactor off CraigsList to replace one that broke down. I really missed not having one for a little while. they probably don't fit well in a recycle scheme unless you have several units to distribute trash types into. Costco sells paper bags at a good price to fit them. Plastic bags can be found as well, I think my last box was from Sam's Club.

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There's a small trashcan sized one built into our kitchen. Whenever I throw something away, I flip the little switch...whether anything needs compacted or not. It could be empty plus a gum wrapper that I'm throwing away...that (profanity) getting compacted.

It makes me feel powerful.

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We've had one for years and years and years. Use it for garage and have separate bins for all the recycling (which takes up way more space). Get the bags (plastic) at the grocery store.

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Oddly, we've never had a trash compactor in any houses. Am I missing out?

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KMART, WALMART are the cheapest for trash compactor bags. 10 bags for $4.
You will save a lot of money with a trash compactor. Can't live without.

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right now, almost every city requires residents to separate their garbage into 3 categories: trash (perishable), recyclable (plastics,papers,metals...) and yard waste. every city also provides the residents with 3 huge containers that can be collected each week along the sidewalk in front of your home. i really don't know why residential home owners still like to use this outdated last century device. i took out the trash compactor long time ago and use the empty space for two trash containers, one for perishable waste, one for the recyclable papers, plastic materials. i also add on cabinet door to close the opening. why you guys still want to use the trash compactor is beyond my comprehension.

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We are on our second compactor, we use a food disposer, and recycle, we use our compactor for the rest and use Gladd bags, we change every other week or more. I could never go without a compactor. I use the smallest garbage can and it is usually quite empty. I am a firm compactor user and believer. My wife mentioned, she would never have thought about using a compactor until she met me, now she cannot live without it as well

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Absolutely! Have had one in most of my houses since 1983. I lived in a house between 1992-2000 without one and it was devastating (lol). I bought a small waste bin & kept it under the sink. Needless to say, had to take it out too often. I hate to see garbage baskets in kitchens. So the one I have now is black and was purchased back in 2000 when we built this house. The real estate agent looked at me sideways when I asked about getting one. Think I am probably the only one in my development that house was built with one. Now I am remodeling my kitchen and would like to have a stainless steel one, although this one works fine. I called GE to see if a stainless steel panel could be bought for it, but that was a negatory. I asked my kitchen contractor to put a cabinet face on it, again a negatory, lol. So now I'm in the market for one, but not finding any good prices. Two years ago when we remodel my daughter's kitchen, we found a floor model from Sears for only $168...

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(Continued) They had to drive about 200 miles to pick it up, but was well worth it. My son-in-law was like, "why we need a trash compactor?" My daughter's reply was, "I grew up with one and I want one, too." Even my kitchen contractor tried to talk me out of including it in this remodel. I gave him a blank stare and said, "not even a consideration." So, for now I will have a black trash compactor with all other appliances in stainless steel until I can find one at a bargain price. So if anyone knows where I can get one, let me know. By the way, I'm in Georgia.

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(continued). I buy my bags at Walmart. They last about 6 months. It's just 2 of us so one bag stays in for about a month. I don't put any food in it, I use the garbage disposal for food. Plastic & glass go in containers in garage. Hope my responses help.