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Our boat has such a small trash can that its really useless. We're thinking of adding a 110v trash compactor to solve the issue. Space for it and power are no issues. Anyone with experience having one onboard, we really would welcome your feedback, ideas, and thoughts!
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Re: Trash compactor experience?

Sure, get a rectangular plastic trash can that fits your shoe! You can use those "shoestring" bags, tighten it shut when full, and step on it inside the can. Have you considered or already have a food waste disposer?

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Re: Trash compactor experience?

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Our boat has such a small trash can that its really useless. We're thinking of adding a 110v trash compactor to solve the issue. Space for it and power are no issues. Anyone with experience having one onboard, we really would welcome your feedback, ideas, and thoughts!
In theory you could use such a device aboard (whenever you've got 110v available) but it might be wiser to take a look at your trash to see what you are discarding and how that can be eliminated/reduced. Much packaging is unnecessary, takes up space and can easily be done without, which solves two problems--storage space and trash, No?
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Re: Trash compactor experience?

This is an upgrade we would love to have. When we cruise for a week or two it isn't that tough to manage garbage for the two of us. However, put another couple aboard or kids that aren't as disciplined or accustom and its gets tough, quickly.

We have a genset, so crushing things a couple of times per day would be easy. There is a silly little pull out trash container that is the perfect spot. We never use it for trash, it's so small. It is strictly a soft drink storage box. Our trash hangs from the companionway by the drawstring on the trash bag. Clampett style.
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Re: Trash compactor experience?

You said you have a very small trash can... But then say that space for a trash compactor is no issue. So I have to ask the obvious question... "Why don't you just get a larger trash can?"
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Re: Trash compactor experience?

Install a trash compactor, and only doom will befall you. Trash compactors just piss off the rebels. Just ask The Empire.

do you want your boat to end up like the Death Star?

Crush it, fold it, eat it, recycle it, and prepare less than you think you need, rather than throwing out what you didn't eat. you can always make more.
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