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.

  1. 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.

  2. Liquids

    Liquids 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.

    • The liquid trash also results in bad odor and cleaning the huge commercial trash compactors can be a complicated task.
    • 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.

  3. Toxic Waste

    Toxic Waste
    Toxic waste requires recycling using special waste disposal process. One should never toxic waste into the compactors since it contaminates the compressed trash and makes it unsuitable for disposal and recycling. Batteries consist of toxic material that when released into the environment, pollutes it. Toxic chemicals such as insecticides release hazardous fumes during the process of compaction.

  4. Glass

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    Can you put glass in trash compactor? The answer is no. 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.

  5. Burning materials

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

  6. Metals


    Unless the commercial compactor available with you is specifically designed to compress large metal pieces, you can’t put metal in a trash compactor. A normal compactor can’t handle the molecular density of metals of construction wastes and other types. The balers and rotary Industrial metal compactors are suitable for disposing of all kinds of metal for recycling.

  7. Wood

    Can you put wood in a trash compactor? Well, the answer is not straight forwards. You can’t put wood in all types of trash compactors. However, industries use commercial compaction machines to compress wood fragments such as thin plywood pieces, wood chips, and sawdust. But to compress wood in its original form, you need specialized compactors.

  8. Soil and Dirt


    First of all, why will you process already compacted soil and dirt in a compactor? While you can put soil and dust in a trash compactor, you don’t need to. You won’t get any value out of it. Soil, mud, and dirt can be better utilized as gardening material, or you can discard them in a regular trash can.

  9. Pet Waste and Diapers

    The pet waste can be thrown in a regular trash can in a sealed bag to prevent foul odor. Or you can flush it in the toilet. Pet waste certainly doesn’t need a trash compactor. Baby and adult diapers must also be thrown in the regular trash after packing them in a bag.

  10. Electronic Waste


    No! You can’t put electronic waste in a trash compactor. According to your state’s rules, the radios, video tapes, old batteries, and music CDs need to be disposed of elsewhere. Check the legal regulations, as in some states, it’s illegal to discard electronic waste at home.

  11. Food Waste: Oil & Meat

    Oil can leak and cause a mechanical malfunction in the trash compactor, so don’t put the leftover grease from your fryer in the compactor. The meat and other food wastes may carry bacteria with them. It’s dangerous if they remain in the trash compactor for a long time. So grind them in garbage disposal only.

  12. Cleaning Agents

    Cleaning agents are generally toxic. These products can spill and create problems when released into the environment. Even after compacting, they can adversely affect the environment. So avoid putting cleaning agents and other hazardous waste in a trash compactor.

  13. Waste With Strong Odors

    There is no rule which says you can’t put smelly wastes like onion and garlic in a trash compactor. However, it is not recommended because the waste remains there for some time emitting solid odors. It can be troublesome for other people and can become challenging to get rid of for some time, even after removing the garbage.

  14. Limbs

    Commercial compactors are hefty machines. As obvious as it may sound, never use your 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.