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Where do you keep your kitchen garbage can?

Was thinking about where the ideal place for a kitchen garbage can would be and where most people place theirs. I'm talking about the garbage can that you use to dump food waste and empty food cartons and the like. I keep mine under the sink, away from sight and smell. I was considering getting a step-open can but I can't think of a good place to put it in my kitchen if I had that. Where do you put yours?

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  1. I have a slideout underneatht the kitchen sink. I can't stand garbage out in the kitchen.

    1. We have the garbage can -- actually a plastic bin -- in a slide out cabinet immediately to the right of the kitchen sink, just under the counter area where we typically do both prep work & clean up. So, it's out of sight, and close to where most of the waste is generated.

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      1. re: masha

        This is exactly what we have. It is a very convenient way to do it. The slide out was actually suggested by the contractor for our dog food bin and the garbage bin. Great ideas.

        1. re: masha

          Ditto, but ours is on the left. It's perfect for keeping the trash out of reach of the dog.

          In our previous homes, we kept the trash can under the kitchen sink.

        2. We keep ours under the kitchen sink as well. We also considered exactly what you're considering, either the foot pedal thing or they have some that have an electric lid that opens when you wave your hand over the motion sensor, kind of like the paper towel dispensers in some public restrooms. (I recently was waving my hand like a madman in front of a paper towel dispenser when my son said "Dad, it's not motion activated"). Anyway, we ultimately decided since we didn't like any of the spots that were available in our kitchen, we'd just stick with the smaller can under the sink. My wife thought a bigger can would just keep the trash in the kitchen longer.

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          1. re: John E.

            I agree. Having a smaller can ensures you take it out more often.

            When I designed my current kitchen one thing I insisted on was that the garbage be inside a cabinet -- mostly because I was tired of telling my dog fifty times a day to get her head out of the upright kitchen garbage pail I had. Right now I'm coveting a can that attaches to the cabinet door and automatically opens when you open the door.

          2. I live in an apartment and have a galley kitchen. My laundry room is at the end of the kitchen and has a door. I keep my 13 gallon kitchen garbage can in there. It is out of the way, yet easily accessible. My current garbage can has a flip top but I'd love a motion-activated or foot open/close one.

            If I'm doing a lot of prep with a lot of waste I can simply move it next to me at the counter. I can't stand garbage under the sink.....I think that can attract a lot of critters up through walls and around the pipes, especially in an apartment.

            1. I keep mine in a corner where the sink counter top meets the side wall. It's a tall stainless steel model, and not totally unattractive, but it does take up floor space. Of necessity, it sits in front of a couple of cabinet doors, but fortunately they aren't cabinets that I have to access frequently. But as soon as I figure out WHICH under-counter cabinet I can give up, it's out of here and I'm getting a trash compactor! If you can figure out where to put one without handicapping your cabinet space, they are the ONLY way to fly!

              1. I've tried various configurations and the one I like best is a slide-out trash can in the prep area. It's out of the way and in a very convenient place. I was worried about the smell at first, but we take it out every other day or so and the smell has never been a problem.

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                1. re: Pia

                  Where did you purchase it because this sounds exactly what I need!

                2. Recyclables are out in the porch, but my main kitchen garbage is right in the kitchen in a corner, a pedal model with a locking feature that keeps my dog from burrowing in there. Under the counter models are a bit too small for my needs, as the garbage here only goes out once every two weeks.

                  1. NO can, we have a built in trash compactor. It's under the counter next to the ovens.........
                    Food waste goes in the garbage disposal.
                    My wife says of all the appliances, she would never be without a trash compactor. No smelly accumulating garbage in the kitchen. No constantly hauling trash out to the bins. Just lift a compacted bag every three days.

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                    1. re: bagelman01

                      We LOVE our trash compactor but find that lots of people believe they smell. I don't know if we have impaired olfactory issues, but we don't smell anything from it, so long as we're somewhat careful about what we put in there, and take it out every few days. We also spray inside it with Lysol spray whenever we replace the bag. The only negative is the tendency to avoid taking it out until it's really heavy.

                      If we wanted to I've been told there are odor-minimizing things we can buy to mount inside it, but we don't see any space for such a thing. The older one we had in our last home had a compartment for a deodorizer. This one (a GE) doesn't.

                    2. Under the sink. I like it out of sight and the small can means the trash must be taken out frequently. That's a good thing!

                      1. anyone have ant problems in the kitchen? How do you deal with them with regards to your kitchen garbage can?

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                        1. re: majordanby

                          The ants crawl all over the counters, the sink, the walls... they're the bane of my existance! But I've never seen them express any interest in the garbage can.

                          1. re: majordanby

                            I get ants by the sink and in cupboards, but not the trash.

                          2. Funny seeing this thread. We're doing a house exchange and their trash can is across the room from the sink (12+') and I already find it annoying. Yeah, I could bring it over by the sink and prep area but I'd rather have it under the sink. A container out in the floor wouldn't work since my avatar-Airedale always thinks she's starving. We had a trash compactor in a home and I stopped using it. Two reasons. I found a full compacted bag to be quite heavy to lift and carry. Also we recycle and eat up so much that many weeks we make only one bag of uncompacted garbage. When we lived in Oregon we could actually opt for garbage pickup only every two weeks.

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                            1. re: c oliver

                              I never thought about how far it is form the sink. I rarely put anything in the trash (wrappers from things), most items get put in the disposal.Mine is also all the way across the room. It happens to be the place the can fits the best.

                            2. I mentioned earlier that we keep a small trash can under the kitchen sink. We use the plastic bags from the grocery store to line it with. What I failed to mention was the door to the garage where the big trash bin is kept is only about 10 feet from the kitchen sink. If the trash didn't start to stink in the warm months, we could get our trash picked up only every three or four weeks.

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                              1. re: John E.

                                Where we live now weekly pickup is the only option. It makes me a little crazy that I'm paying for other people's lack of recycling etc. But not too crazy cause I have so many other things to obsess about :)

                                1. re: c oliver

                                  Where we live, eventhough we pay 14K+ in annual property taxes, we pay for trash pickup. Using the trash compactor cut our pickup from 2 cans twice a week to 1 can per week. This cut the private hauler's bill from $104 to $26 per month.
                                  The town picks up recyclables weekly for free. My biggest cutdown on trash gping to the curb was switching 3 daily newspapers from home delivery to online editions.

                                  1. re: c oliver

                                    Our borough lets has us pay by the bag but recycling is free once you buy the one time bin (which cost either 7 or 13 dollars but it was a fews years ago so I don't remember). A bag used to be $4 but now it's $3.80. I put recycling out every week (usually so full I have to put some things next to the bin) and trash once every 2 to 3 weeks.

                                2. We have a long galley style kitchen, and we have a step-to-open can for the organic garbage. It has to be close enough to easily dump stuff in, but putting it under the sink is too stuffy, and gets moldy and smelly too quickly (hot, humid climate). Our apartment complex has bins for organic waste (aka pig slops), so the food garbage is kept strictly separate from other garbage.

                                  Containers get washed and put with the recycling on the back balcony.

                                  1. Mine is under the sink, but I crave the trash can I saw on a cooking show a couple of years ago. It was a hands-free model on wheels, made in Italy. It would really work in my kitchen, but I can't find it.

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                                    1. re: pikawicca

                                      Now, did it follow the chef around, waiting to be used?


                                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                                        Hah! Now there's a money-making idea, for sure.

                                        1. re: pikawicca

                                          Like a top-loading version of a Roomba - I like it! It would be tricky to keep it from getting underfoot, though.

                                          1. re: BobB

                                            Just get yourself a Labrador -- underfoot, follow you everywhere, and devour everything before it hits the floor

                                    2. We have an angular kitchen cabinet, beneath the sink. There, you will find the garbage pail on a track, that can be drawn out. The pail is behind a cabinet door.


                                      1. What garbage can? I have a window.

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                                        1. Mine's a heavy-duty plastic, but looks for all the world like brushed stainless with black trim, so it's as attractive as a garbage can can be....it at least matches all my appliances and the handles and trim on my cupboards.

                                          It's a 12-gallon step, and sits on a small wall between two doorways in my kitchen.

                                          I simply don't have the cupboard configuration to put it under the sink, so it's in plain view, behind the sink in my galley kitchen, and just a few steps from the stove and my work surface...it's more one of those things where there isn't really a better place to put it...so there it sits.

                                          1. Step open can in the dread stainless steel finish. There's a spot of wall between kitchen cabinets and the door to the laundry room that seemed designed to put a trash can there. We don't have dogs so we can get away with it, and it would crowd out cleaning products if we went under the sink.

                                            It's from Simple Human, and is more of a fat 'D' shape than a round, which somehow lets us fit more stuff in every bag.

                                            1. I have a pull out to the left of my sink. and the pull out next to it is for recycling. My ex-mother-in-law used to keep a small garbage can on top of her counter by the sink where she put food garbage, and she kept it out until it was full. Ewww.

                                              1. Simple answer... due to my dog, I keep it under the sink with baby locks on the door.
                                                When I'm cooking a big meal, I'll pull it out and put it in the corner so I have easy access.

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                                                1. re: dave_c

                                                  Yup, those baby locks are essential. I had to replace them after she broke them.

                                                2. Under the sink. When I was growing up we had a large family and folks weren't recycling much then, so there was alot of trash. Our Rubbermaid-ish can was out and had one of those lids that swing in when you touch it. I always hated it because the lid got dirty every day and had to be cleaned off when you cleaned the kitchen after supper. I really disliked that job!
                                                  Love my small, lidless container under the sink that gets changed often.

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                                                  1. re: Georgia Sommers

                                                    When I was a kid, we not only were not recycling, we had a burning barrel in the back yard and burned our trash. The non-burnable trash had to be taken to the town dump. It wasn't until later that the city had a trash hauler come around twice a week to pick up the trash.

                                                    1. re: John E.

                                                      Ok, now I feel positively youthful! :)

                                                      1. re: John E.

                                                        My grandma's trash got burned until sometime well into the 70s....so you're not as old as you think!

                                                        1. re: John E.

                                                          Some of my relatives still burn their trash ...

                                                          1. re: John E.

                                                            Yep - seems so odd now, but one of my chores when I was a kid was to burn trash in the back yard.

                                                            1. re: WNYamateur

                                                              My sister and I also had that duty. That is, until one windy day in autumn when the leaves caught fire and burned down the neighbor's fence. It didn't help that he was the Fire Marshall.

                                                          2. re: Georgia Sommers

                                                            We have an open can with no lid to get messy. Smelly trash goes out right away. The can is sized so the kitchen bag is larger than the can so you always have room to close it completely no matter how full the can gets! We keep it out in the kitchen right off the work triangle. Works well for us but no dogs in the house.

                                                          3. With kids, I've had bad experiences with trashcans under the sink. But mine's not a slideout, which would make a big difference. Mine is next to the refrigerator, and not visible unless you are standing in my immediate work 'L'.

                                                            1. ?? Why, in the kitchen, of course! The trick to keeping the kitchen from smelling is to empty it once a day. Or more.

                                                              1. We have a good-sized, walk-in pantry 4 feet from the sink. Due to our dogs, we keep the swing lid trash bin in there. Trash goes out nearly every day. No smell, no mess.

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                                                                1. re: justalex

                                                                  Same here. I don't like it out in the open and I don't want to put a small bin beneath the sink. It has worked fine for us. If we have potentially stinky items we just take them out to the main garbage container in the garage.

                                                                2. I wanted to have one of the Simplehuman ones installed but the space under my sink is too small. My dad used to have what was essentially a plastic-coated wire frame with a lid and handles to hold a plastic grocery bag - this would fit in my space. Does anyone know if such a thing is still available?

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                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                    Is this what you are talking about, buttertart?: http://www.wasserstrom.com/restaurant...

                                                                    I remember the coated-wired-framed contraptions that held the small bags for food scraps. Grandma had one on the kitchen counter. Like this:


                                                                    1. re: lynnlato

                                                                      Yep! thanks, I'm going to see if I can scare one up. PS I love you ;-), I've been trying to get my hands on this for months.

                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                        Ha! My pleasure. I was curious and so just googled it. It would be handy in a small apartment. Good luck!

                                                                        1. re: lynnlato

                                                                          Definitely. I just don't have an appropriate place for a garbage can in my kitchen although there's space. Want it out of sight.

                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                            Buttertart, if you haven't found one yet, I've seen a cheaper version from SimpleHuman that I think is also what you're looking for:

                                                                            They have this at our local Target, or it's easy to find online.

                                                                            1. re: Pia

                                                                              Thanks very much, we got one of those and thought we had it made but it's too wide for the under-sink cabinet so it's now under the downstairs bathroom sink. It would have been ideal for the kitchen. I got a plastic bag hanger but I'm not sure how well it will work.

                                                                  2. when we built our home, I had the cabinet maker make a slide out next to the kitchen sink for a good size trash can...
                                                                    It blends with my cherry cabinetry and a lot of guests will immediately try and put trash underneath the sink and they get punk'd..
                                                                    If I put in a new garbage bag, sometimes I will hook a plastic bag over to catch trash from making dinner since when I place a new bag in, I want it to stay new and shiny without the evenings meal sitting overnight smelling up the place..I can just wrap up the smelly bad boy and have my clean garbage can bag all white and pretty...sad, I know.

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                                                                    1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                      "they get punked" - Ha!

                                                                      I do the same thing - attempting to preserve the clean, fresh trash bag. I'll bust out a plastic grocery bag and put table scraps, etc. in there, tie up that bad boy and toss it out in the wheeled-giant trash bin out in the garage. Its kind of like vacuuming and then running around behind the dog and kids picking up crumbs, hairballs, etc. so as not to mess up the clean carpet again. It's really pointless. LOL

                                                                      1. re: lynnlato

                                                                        LOL ...were we separated at birth?
                                                                        I so love doing the bag over the shiny new garbage bag...then my husband in the morning plops the coffee maker grounds in the newbie, and then I'm over it and back to throwing garbage in like nobody's business!

                                                                    2. Ours is at the end of the prep counter, and foot-operated, making it very easy to access when cooking - no hands required. It's made of stainless steel and is quite heavy, with a rubber base and no protruding lip on the cover. In other words - it's cat-proof! Not even our muscle-bound 20-pounder can get into this thing.

                                                                      1. we used to have a receptacle under the kitchen sink for years as a matter of fact and we are a family of 5 so that was really dumb. my husband one day came home with a huge industrial trash can with lid, not galvanized just hard plastic and it holds a 30 gallon trash bag, he put it in the kitchen store and it's been there ever since. makes sense, out of sight out of mind and out of the way of me tripping more importantly

                                                                        1. I have mine right out in the kitchen. It's a lovely extremely sturdy & well-made piece from the "Home Decorators" catalog. Muted green with a painted fruit design on the front. Holds a basic white kitchen "grab tight" bag very nicely & contains all odors. One of the best purchases I ever made for the kitchen. Looks absolutely lovely & does what it's supposed to do. Plus, I can use my cabinet spaces for much-needed other items.

                                                                          1. Being the only female in the house, I've had to wage war on those who would stuff the wastebasket under the sink and then not take the trash out until the police showed up to look for a body due to the smell. We used to have a very long legged German Shepherd with coyote tendencies so a foot-pedal self-closing wastecan was mandatory. She's gone now, but I will never let anybody put my garbage in my cabinetry- I'm freak that way, but have smelled too many disgusting dumpster-scented undersink cabinets.

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                                                                            1. re: EWSflash

                                                                              I'm with you - the idea of having trash in my cabinets turns my stomach.

                                                                              1. re: ZenSojourner

                                                                                when we built our home, our kitchen designer from Wm Ohs stated that the best thing in the last 10 years was the built in garbage can and I laugh that you all that think we all would be dealing with smelly garbage in our cabinets...
                                                                                Never ever had an issue with smell and mine is to the side of my double stainless sink.
                                                                                No sticky freshners either..
                                                                                ; )

                                                                                1. re: ZenSojourner

                                                                                  What are you putting into your kitchen trash that is so objectionable that it turns your stomach? If we have something that has an odor, we put it into the bag under the sink, tie it up and put it in the large container in the garage and line the kitchen trash can with a new liner.

                                                                                  1. re: John E.

                                                                                    Trash in my cabinets shall never be! I don't care HOW trendy some kitchen designer thinks it is.

                                                                                    I'll design my own kitchen, thank you very much. And my design will not include trash in the cabinets!


                                                                                    1. re: ZenSojourner

                                                                                      Though I designed my own home and kitchen and since the OP asked 'where do you keep your kitchen garbage can' and we all answered respectively, there is no need for your tone to be sarcastic.
                                                                                      I'm sorry you haven't had the wonderful experience of designing your own kitchen and building the home of your dreams and maybe one day that might happen, but please don't put me and others that have our built in kitchen garbage can as somehow 'Trendy' is absurd..

                                                                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                        Thank you, but I HAVE built my own home and designed my own kitchen. With my own two hands as a matter of fact.

                                                                                        I was trying to take a lighter tone. Come on, can't you hear the campiness in "Trash in my cabinets shall never be!"

                                                                                        Lighten up!

                                                                                        1. re: ZenSojourner

                                                                                          c'mon you guys...you're *really* arguing about where a total stranger puts his/her garbage can?

                                                                                          It's a garbage can...and it's a complete stranger, whose house you will likely never enter.

                                                                                          If they want to hang it from the ceiling, it's their option. It's not your kitchen....just post where yours sits for the OPs benefit and carry on.

                                                                                2. re: EWSflash

                                                                                  "the police showed up to look for a body due to the smell."

                                                                                  Ours is next to a free-standing cabinet on a bare wall, step model. Under the sink is taken up by a sliding rack for cleaning supplies and not tall enough for trash.

                                                                                  The garbage can that goes to the curb every week is in the garage, and one week it really did smell like something had died. It was awful! We finally realized that we had shelled 3 lobsters and the weather was scorching that week. Now, shellfish shells get sealed and put in the freezer until trash day.

                                                                                3. This is one of my pet peeves: I've got better things to do than open a cupboard door every time I have trash to get rid of. And better things to do with my (probably messy) hands than open a lid. So foot-release out on the floor is a necessity for me.

                                                                                  Same with dish detergent: I'm not opening a cupboeard every time I need it. So if I'm cooking in your kitchen or mine, the trash can is on the floor and the dish soap is out.

                                                                                  Did any of the earlier posts bring the Anal-retentive Chef from SNL to mind?

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                                                                                  1. re: WNYamateur

                                                                                    Obviously, you have never used or seen the built-in/slide in versions for your trash..it really is a lovely thing and not as pesky as you have described...if that was the case, I, and others, would never go for it.
                                                                                    Next to my 48" Wolf double oven 6 burner stove with griddle, it's a godsend...plus, you leave it half open when your chopping on the island..no mess since there are stainless steel knobs...you can also open it with your foot at the bottom so gives you that 'foot-release' feel.

                                                                                    I couldn't imagine going back to the 90's to the foot release version!

                                                                                    1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                      completely concur re: the buit-in/ slide versions being fantastic.
                                                                                      i can easily pull out the drawer with my foot even though it was not built with any kind of 'special' foot pedal.

                                                                                    2. re: WNYamateur

                                                                                      I keep my dish soap out, too....but I keep it in a pretty ceramic pump container from Mexico. Out, but not ugly.

                                                                                      And +1 on the having yucky hands....and I'm NOT going to make one trip to open the bin, and another trip to throw whatever mess in my hands away. Foot pedal, please....or the motion-activated one I gave away before the last move, and that I miss desperately.

                                                                                    3. I HATE putting garbage away into a cupboard. Out of sight is out of mind and I'm sure it would end up stinking the whole place up and making the cupboard germy. Our garbage can stands under the bench at the end of the kitchen because that's pretty much the only place to put it in our apartment. But it's easy to get at, and if it's time to take the garbage out you can easily see it.

                                                                                      1. I have a long galley kitchen and keep the trash can at the end of one of the counters. It's the only place it would fit. The can is narrow, rectangular with a foot pedal. I use Glad ForceFlex bags in them, which I believe are worth the extra cost.

                                                                                        If I were custom designing my own kitchen, I'd install a pedal operated slide-out cabinet just for trash. When you kick the pedal, a drawer slides out with three top covered canisters that automatically open: one for trash, one for recyclable cans and bottles, one for recyclable paper and cardboard. When you close the cabinet, the top lid snaps back on.

                                                                                        1. In a corner of my kitchen, not close to the sink/prep counter. I drag it over when I cook.

                                                                                          1. i have a slideout as part of the lower counters.
                                                                                            love this.
                                                                                            not only is garbage not visible, dogs and kids are unable to get into the drawer.

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                                                                                            1. We keep our kitchen trash can in the kitchen. When it's full, the trash gets moved out to the outdoor trash cans. Whey they're full, we load them into the truck & take them to the dump/landfill.

                                                                                              I know this may be news to city folk who don't know what happens to their trash once it leaves their kitchen, but there it is - lol!!

                                                                                              1. I am with the out of sight out of mind being a bad thing for me camp. Besides being forgetful, I also hate cleaning garbage pails so I tie a plastic grocery bag to one one of the door knobs on my lower cabinets, as soon as it is full out it goes. I recycle and if I lived in a place where I could compost I would compost what I could. I am single w/out kids or foraging pets. I live in a studio so space and clean air are really important to me.

                                                                                                1. I always admired Jamie Oliver's Naked Chef hole-in-the-counter top garbage system. It would not be ideal for big items (milk cartons) and it's a touch unusual to cut into a counter top like that. But still...

                                                                                                  1. My best friend has the cabinet pull out trash and loves it like I do but he bought a large chest freezer and he freezes his trash so it doesn't smell..at first I busted his you know what until I realized it makes perfect sense...especially, if you live in hot climate that can make a full trash can sitting in the garage a horrid, smelling stink bomb!

                                                                                                    1. I use something similar to this, but bought mine at Ikea, more than ten years ago.


                                                                                                      I have not bought trash bags since owning this and use only bags from the grocery store. {put the grocery store plastic bag handles over those black handles, the lid covers the bag, store bags in bottom} There is enough space on the side of one cabinet and the outside door.

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                                                                                                      1. re: Cathy

                                                                                                        Ok but pretty soon there will not be grocery store plastic bags.

                                                                                                        1. re: pdxgastro

                                                                                                          sure there will -- you'll just have to pay for them.

                                                                                                          1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                            I'm one of those that just absolutely hate looking at a trash can. Up until recently, this was my only choice for it to just sit out in the open. When we moved there was a cabinet that slides out that fits a full size can plus more room. Pros: Its out of sight! We have a garbage disposal so no smells. Cons: The cabinet is older so it doesn't slide easily, but not too big a deal. Inevitably one of the kids will just toss something in and it misses the can and I have to crawl in there to get it out. When your hands are dirty you have to get someone else to open it. (My biggest peeve with it since I cook a lot.)
                                                                                                            I would again like to have it hidden away, but with a more accessible option like the foot pedal mentioned above.
                                                                                                            We would never be able to use just a small under the cabinet bag. With a family of six there's just no way. We use at least a 13 gallon can every day or two and sometimes two in one day and that's with squishing it down.
                                                                                                            So, I'm leaning toward a trash compactor, but I've never had one so I don't know the pros/cons about it besides what I've read. (Odors nor weight wouldn't be an issue for me.) Or just putting it back into my cabinet with foot pedal operation when we remodel. We have a large kitchen so space is not an issue-just location.

                                                                                                      2. I don't have under sink, no room in my small place. I have a kitchen trash can, but since my very small and very dumb dog finally figured out that he could knock it over, it's for paper recycleables only. I keep trash in a grocery bag in the sink while I am doing things in the kitchen, and then take it out when i am done. I'm still not quite sure how frodo knocks over the trash bin, he is 12 lbs and not very studly, but he can do it.

                                                                                                        1. We've moved since this topic was started and this house doesn't have a trash compacter. My wife bought a rather pricey stainless steel 30" foot pedal can at BB&B but decided she didn't like how it looked in the kitchen. Next thing I know I'm putting together an IKEA base cabinet, leaving out the shelf, and adding supports at the back for stability........ so we can have a closed trash can inside a closed cabinet. Sigh!

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                                                                                                          1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                            So, you have had a trash compactor? How was it? I am seriously debating on getting one... I have a lot of trash and we take our trash weekly or bi-weekly to the dump in lieu of paying for pickup. (We would have to trek the cans up the road a 1/4 mile for pickup otherwise and pay for that service.)

                                                                                                            I just don't want to get one and have it be an expensive waste of money, but if it will allow us to reduce the trips to the dump to once a month or less that would be awesome.

                                                                                                            1. re: Mimi11440

                                                                                                              I posted about it back in 2010, so scroll up. There's also a whole topic about them if you do a search.

                                                                                                              1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                                Yeah I read this whole thing and I've researched, but I want someone that has/had one point of view. Because so many say the smell, but since I have a disposal that shouldn't be an issue. The weight, but I have two teen boys and a husband, so that shouldn't be an issue. I just want to clarify that they are worth it and maybe what brands are best and what to stay away from. And features that are best to have on them. And will they last? Some have said they have older models that lasted 10 years or more, but some have said the newer ones have only lasted 3 years...I'm really on the fence...

                                                                                                                1. re: Mimi11440

                                                                                                                  I think you should start a topic to find current brand input. Ours was a GE Installed in 2003 and is still working well (we still own that house; lease it out now).

                                                                                                                  The 'is it worth it issue' is up to you. If the odor and weight issues are not valid for you, and the noise not a problem, then I think it's about convenience. What having one gets you is simply that you can likely take the trash out once a week or more instead of every day or so. If the males in your home can do that for you, I'd say you don't need one.

                                                                                                              2. re: Mimi11440

                                                                                                                I also posted back when this was a new thread.
                                                                                                                We have had a trash compactor since the early 80s and I wouldn't be without one.

                                                                                                                Two years ago we remodeled our kitchen. Our center island is 4.5 feet by 13 feet. The design called for two roll out doors for trash cans on either side of the twin dishwashers. I had these modified for twin trash compactors. Regular garbage goes in one. The other is used to compact recyclables--newspaper, card board, glass, plastic bottles. That way when I take the bags out to the driveway one bag goes in the regular trash can (which is picked up every Monday and the other into the blue mixed recycling can which is picked up every other Monday.

                                                                                                                As a side note>>>I pay $4.75 per week for trash pickup (with property taxes of $15,000 our town doesn't provide trash pickup) for one can per week and one recycling can every other week. During kitchen renovation when we didn't have a working trash compactor (but were using our upstairs kitchen and cooking a normal schedule of meals) we were generating 4 cans of garbage per week plus the recyclables. That said, the trash compactors pay for themselves in a relatively short time.

                                                                                                                AND---we don't use the expensive compactor bags, just cheap 30 gallon green trash bags.

                                                                                                                1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                                                  There I went...over the edge...now I definitely want one. Thank you. That was one of the other questions I had - the bags - the cost didn't seem too much, but I'm trying to be frugal with every penny in the long run. May I ask what brand of compactor you prefer? I've seen advertisements for used-but still new/never used ones on CraigsList and refurbished ones at different stores at great discounts and that way the price of one would stay in my budget when doing the kitchen remodel.

                                                                                                                  *Sorry, if this is a late question and a little off subject! I was researching and googling for information and stumbled upon this thread. It was the only one that kinda answered my questions and everyone has been very helpful.*

                                                                                                                  By the way, our garbage pick up was weekly, for two cans, @ $10 a month where we used to live. No ideal what it is here...it just happened that we were remodeling in the beginning and had to take the debris to the dump for a few weeks and kinda liked the ease of taking it when we wanted, for free. (And we own a pickup-I wouldn't do it in my car ew) Besides, like I said we would have to haul a good long way for pick up here and it just didn't seem worth it.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Mimi11440

                                                                                                                    We've always had KitchenAid. In fact the one that was in our kitchen from 1991 until 2012 is now installed in the studio apartment over our garage. 20 years of family use and still going strong. I find that if I take the drawer out completely every year for a thorough cleaning of the cabinet and oiling of the tracks I'm much happier.
                                                                                                                    There is a place for a filter, but we've never kept it on or changed it (waste of electricity and money. We do have garbage disposals in our kitchen sinks for much food waste, but melon rinds, chicken fat and skin, coffee grounds all go in the compactor and we've never noticed an odor. In fact since we have four dogs, they would be attracted to the source of food odor. If one of the kids leaves traces of wood garbage (candy wrapper, etc.) in their bedroom waste basket, the youngest dog will get it.
                                                                                                                    In our former kitchen the white KitchenAid was fine, as all the appliances were white. In the new kitchen, we have custom cabinetry hiding the units as no one makes the color bisque to match the cabinets. So trash compactors, two Miele dishwashers, a Viking cooktop two SubZeros and wine cooler are all hidden.

                                                                                                                    1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                                                      Thanks! That's exactly the info I was looking for! By the way, this was the first time I've ever had a garbage disposal. I never saw a big reason to get one -it kinda just seemed like a waste. Oh, if I had known what I was missing then I would have gotten one asap! Like you, there are still some food that gets thrown in the garbage (like the bones of picked chicken/turkey or diapers when the grandkids visit) and for that I just put in a walmart bag tie it up and then put in outside in the big lidded trash can. The garbage disposal is such a wonderful thing-I don't think I will ever want to do without it again. My trash smells no more! Really wish I had know this years ago! So, thank you for all of the information, when this reno finally gets underway-I'm definitely trying one.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Mimi11440

                                                                                                                        Our kids are grown up, but I remember the years when there would be a plastic supermarket bag with a soiled diaper tied up sitting out side the back door waiting to be taken to the cans on the side of the garage.

                                                                                                                        I have never lived without a garbage disposer, my parents had one 60 years ago when I was born. That said, two years ago I replaced the disposer in the butler's pantry sink and actually read the instructions. I had always used how water so as to dislodge any fats and wash them down the drain. The instructions are quite clear to use cold water only. If one uses hot and moves the fats partway down the drain, they may congeal and clog after the water is shut off, but if you use the strength of full blast cold to flush fats there is no chance of congealing.

                                                                                                                        1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                                                          ! I did not know that either! I always try to wipe any grease out with a paper towel, but there's always some left and I always just used hot water and dawn to wash it away to keep it from clogging the drains. I didn't realize a disposer was different. Thanks. Again!

                                                                                                                          And yes, I had four kids and I had a diaper pail when they were little (nasty little necessity that was), but since my oldest two have their own children, when they come to visit-that offending little bag sits outside my door also lol.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Mimi11440

                                                                                                                            In 2010 my mother moved in with us after my dad died. During her stay (before assisted living and now a nursing home at age 92) that offending little bag returned for her depends.

                                                                                                                            But she used the time she was with us to share some family recipes before her mind and ability to see, stand and speak disappeared. Now, the only time I get any response from her when I visit the nursing home is if I bring some of her favorite food that I cook. She hadn't said a word to me in 5 months, but Friday I came in with some of her sweet and sour stuffed cabbage, she managed to eat a few forkfuls and get out the words tastes good.

                                                                                                                            1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                                                              That's awesome. My mom did the same thing-she sat down and wrote out all of her recipes for me. She had to make each dish and then measure it because it was always "just add it until it looks right or tastes right" lol. I stayed with my mom her last year of life. She was taken way to early at 57. She never progressed that far, but after losing her leg she couldn't get around well and needed assistance with everything. It's got to be hard for you and her when she can't communicate, but she's still there and it means something to her that you cooked for her. Prayers for you and for her.

                                                                                                            2. I've got a 13 gallon simplehuman that I keep next to the end of the counter and the back door. That thing is awesome. I've had it at least 6 or 7 years and it works perfectly. No smells and it's cat proof! Sadly, we live out in the sticks and only have weekly pick-up but it hasn't been an issue so far.

                                                                                                              1. The can is in the corner of the kitchen, the only place there is to put it. We have zero food waste since I Bokashi compost (all food can go in it, even bones, meat, fat, scraps, etc. and in a month its soil again and back in the garden growing more food, ) so the garbage doesn't smell (Bokashi smells kind of like apple cider vinegar when you open the top.) Paper is shredded and goes either in the bokashi or the outside compost bin, other recyclables either go in a paper bag next to the garbage or is just carried outside to the bin. Since we aren't soda drinkers I don't worry about cans attracting ants or bugs.

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                                                                                                                1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                  I used to have a compost bin (couldn't bring it when we moved), but I doubt I will get another. I didn't like having any of it in the house and I would get lazy and not feel like taking it out. I was the only one who really did, I just could not get the rest of my family on board. I did compost a lot of leaves and it was nice having the compost when it was done, but it was a whole lot of extra work for me and when I was raising four kids and working it just didn't happen most of the time. It sounds like it works great for your family though!

                                                                                                                2. We have a motion activated one in the corner of the kitchen. It took about a week for the dog to realize she could open it by putting her paw over the sensor. Luckily, she is too old to care about it that much.

                                                                                                                    1. i have three places:
                                                                                                                      1) a wire basket attached to the cabinet door under the sink for bottles that go to the recycle for deposit return
                                                                                                                      2) a basket with a top that sits on the floor for items that the dept of sanitation takes in their recycle program
                                                                                                                      3) a designated drawer in the lower bank of kitchen cabinets that is designed to hold a trash can (that the dogs CAN'T GET IN)