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The Hidden Downsides
To Trash Compactors
Taking out the trash is often a dreaded task, especially if you live on high floors in apartments, so why not replace your regular trash can with a trash compactor? Compactors can be installed in cabinets or free standing, and can fit up to six bags of trash in one, saving you time and money while helping the environment, as well.
However, there are quite a few downsides to this device — trash stays in your home longer, meaning that it can start to smell, and you’ll need special bags that can weigh 30 to 50 pounds. They are also much more expensive than a normal trash can (about $800 to $1,000 more) and might need to be serviced in the future.
As an alternative to trash compactors, you can easily install a garbage disposal in your sink to break down organic waste. Garbage disposals help combat some of the negative features of compactors as they don’t smell and are more affordable, but they can also get clogged and be noisy.