How to avoid taking out the garbage quite as frequently


January 1, 2009

January 2, 2008 Taking out the garbage (who and/or when and/or how frequently) is undoubtedly the greatest threat to household harmony of any domestic chore. The Broan Elite XE Trash Compactor won’t exactly remove the chore, but with a compaction ratio of 6-to-1, it’ll reduce the number of times you need to argue about it and/or do it. With a three-quarter horsepower motor offering 3000 pounds of compacting force, each 1.5 cubic foot compacted bag holds the equivalent of six 13 gallon bags of ordinary trash, so it’ll lighten the volume for local landfills and reduce the volume for garbage pick-up, providing a cost saving for consumers who pay by the load. The unit also has antimicrobial protection to fight odor-causing bacteria and a replaceable odor control disc that is rotated automatically and hence lasts six months.

A right- or left-hinged field-adjustable swinging door allows complete access to the entire unit for easy cleaning and bag changing, as well as a drop-down bucket to facilitate simple removal of a full trash bag. Heavy duty, ball bearing drawer slides make the trash bucket glide out even when full.

The Broan Elite XE is manufactured with Microban® antimicrobial protection, which provides an added level of protection and cleanliness by inhibiting the growth of bacteria. The XE model also features an automatic odor control disc, which chemically reduces garbage odor by neutralizing it rather than just filtering it. After 30 days, the unit automatically advances the disc to expose a fresh odor-control element, extending replacement to six months.

Additional attributes for the new Broan Elite and Broan Elite XE trash compactors include insulated and sealed doors, which further reduce the compacting sound. The units also feature a powder-coated finish and fully integrated doors with hidden controls and child safety locks. The units are available in black, white or stainless steel to complement a variety of kitchen décor as well as custom doors that accept either custom cabinet inserts to match homeowners' kitchen cabinetry or tile, which allows homeowners to match their backsplash, countertop or floor for a truly unique look. Integrated trash bag storage allows for convenient access to replacement bags and a safety interlock prevents operation when the door is open.

About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, (Australia's largest Telco), (Australia's largest employment site),,, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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