A commercial trash compactor is a sturdy waste handling equipment that reduces the size of waste material from industries through the process of compaction. A practical alternative to waste management, it contracts heavy recyclables in industry settings and reduces the need for digging new landfills which are used for careless trash disposal. But, while it protects the environment, it is important that we use it correctly to be able to optimize its benefits. Read on to find out what we shouldn’t put in a commercial trash compactor to keep it in a good shape.

Flammable or Explosive materials

Flammable or Explosive materials

Never dispose of flammable or explosive substances in the compactor. If the equipment explodes or catches fire, it would not only destroy the compactor but would also injure anybody nearby.

Aerosol spray cans, shotgun shells, cartridges for firearms, fireworks, etc. explode under pressure causing the equipment to catch fire.

Never dump explosive substances such as paint, paint thinner cans, engine, oil-saturated rags, starting fluid cans, gasoline, etc. in the compactor.



Most trash compactors don’t malfunction if you dump liquid waste inside them. However, it is still advised against it since the liquid spreads over the compressed trash and creates a mess inside the compactor.

  1. The liquid trash also results in bad odor and cleaning the huge commercial trash compactors can be a complicated task.
  2. The liquid waste can get to the parts of the equipment and damage it.

Pro Tip: Clean the outside of it using traditional soap or bacteria-fighting cleaner. Put a bit of baking soda at the bottom before putting a new bag to avoid odor.

Toxic Waste

Toxic Waste

Toxic waste requires recycling using special waste disposal process. It should never be thrown into the compactors since it contaminates the compressed trash and makes it unsuitable for disposal and recycling.

Batteries consist of toxic material which when released into the environment, pollutes it.

Toxic chemicals such as insecticides release hazardous fumes during the process of compaction.

Glass and Wood


Wood doesn’t compress, it only breaks. Since garbage compactors cannot flatten wood, the inside of the compactor becomes a mess of splinters and wood chips on trying to compress wood. The small pieces can get stuck in the motor and cause it to fail.

Don’t dump glass bottles in the compactor since glass shards can poke through the bags and can cut you. Compact it separately in specialized compacting equipment.

Burning materials

burning material

Never throw burning candles or lit cigarettes in trash compactors as they can start a fire.


Commercial compactors are hefty machines. As obvious as it may sound, never use hands and arms to move something in the container. Use a stick or a grabber to ensure safety.

Train the trash handling operators properly so that they are able to use the compactors correctly. Little things such as not overloading the compactor and carefully choosing what to throw in would ensure a long life of its hardware as well as the safety of equipment operators.