USA: Trash Compactors: Trash Compactor Manufacturers
ABOUT TRASH COMPACTORS
Residential trash compactors are household appliances, normally placed under a countertop, which compress household trash to about one quarter of its normal volume. This makes trash easier to handle, and enables more trash to be put into a bin. Free-standing portable trash compactors are also available; these can be placed in a garage or utility room.
Compactors have a strong steel trash bucket or drawer, which is lined with a plastic bag before use. The trash is compressed by a compressor plate, which is normally driven down by an electric motor. Some compactors have a feature when keeps the trash compressed even when the compactor is switched off. This avoids the trash re-expanding.
Compactors are particularly useful in areas where there is a limit imposed the amount of trash bins which will be emptied.
LEADING USA MANUFACTURERS
The following leading manufacturers have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects, including online catalogs and specifications for compactors, and care and maintenance.
Home Depot. Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement retailer, with stores in all 50 states of the USA. Home Depot offers a wide range of household appliances, including compactors. It supplies five models of compactor, all made by Jenn-Air. The top of the range model has a stainless steel finish, and a fully integrated door. It has a Compress option that can reduce trash volume by up to 80%. An odor management system includes charcoal filters. It has a heavy duty zinc coated drawer, with 1.4 cubic feet capacity.
Broan. Broan, based in Hartford, Wisconsin, is a leading manufacturer of household equipment including trash compactors. It has more than 3,000 employees, and operates in eight countries. Broan has been manufacturing compactors, which are capable of reducing the volume of trash by 80%, for more than 40 years. Broan compactors can handle almost anything normally placed into kitchen garbage, with the exception of paint, oil, aerosol cans and other hazardous materials. The Broad Elite 15 inch compactor has a 1.55 cubic foot trash bucket, and compresses with 3000 lbs of force applied by a 3/4 horsepower electric motor.
KitchenAid. KitchenAid, based in St.Joseph, Missouri, is a leading manufacturer of household appliances including compactors for trash. It offers both built-in and portable compactors. The Solid Pack feature applies constant pressure to keep the trash volume compressed, even with the compactor turned off, to prevent the contents re-expanding. Unwanted smells are reduced using a highly porous filter and fan system. In addition to dealing with general kitchen waste, KitchenAid trash compactors can be used to recycle aluminium cans, plastic bottles and paper products.
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