How to Remove a Garbage Compactor

Trash compactors allow for easy disposal of garbage from the home.
In neighborhoods that have limits on the number of trash bags that can be left outside, a working trash compactor can be an invaluable tool. When one breaks, removing it is a simple process that takes only a few minutes.

Step 1

Unscrew the kick plate (the bottom metal skirt) by using a screwdriver. Place the plate to the side.

Step 2

Take out the compactor drawer. Depending on the make and model of the compactor, removing the door will be as simple as sliding it out, or you may be required to remove screws near the drawer tracks.

Step 3

Pry the garbage compactor trim from the edge of the counter using a crowbar or putty knife.

Step 4

Slide the old compactor out of the cubbyhole. You will likely have to lift it up an inch or so before sliding it out.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Crowbar (or anything you can pry with)
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses


  • Use a towel to place the old garbage compactor on to minimize the risk of scratching the floor.

About the Author

James B. Jones, a former United States Army M.P., has been a full-time writer in the fields of consumer electronics and video games since 2006. Walker has had his articles published on several gaming and technology websites, and has made frequent appearances on All Games Radio.