Are Trash Compactors Green?

Are Trash Compactors Green?

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Jen DeRose
Apr 17, 2009

We hadn't seen one of these since the eighties, but leafing through an issue of House Beautiful, they had an article on how the machines have come a long way...and even argued that they're green. What do you think?

Proponents say that a trash compacter, like this one from Viking, means you contribute less mass to a landfill, while other people argue that trash doesn't break down as quickly because less air circulation slows decomposition. The article in House Beautiful also points out that you can still compact recyclables, and if you're charged per bin in your town, you'll increase your savings. But something seems wrong when you're using energy on your recyclables.

(By the way, many are now equipped with a charcoal filter, which help eliminate smells.)

We did come across a solar powered one from BigBelly.

What do you think?

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