How to Load a Trash Compactor



By Kim Hillegass, Sears PartsDirect

Throwing trash away seems like the simplest thing in the world to do, but if you have a trash compactor you could be loading it completely wrong. To prevent problems like jamming or horrible odors from the compactor follow these simple tips.


  • Only use bags designed for trash compactors.
  • Load large, bulky items in the center of the container.
  • Place cans and bottles on their sides in the center of the container.
  • Wrap wet or messy trash before placing it into the compactor.
  • Do not place items such as raw meat, fish, diapers or personal hygiene products in the compactor.
  • When loading trash, don't pack down with your hands or feet.