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Vintage Family Handyman Project from 1970: How to Build a Trash Compressor

To celebrate Family Handyman's 70th anniversary, we're sharing some projects from past issues, all the way back to our first publication in 1951. Check out this DIY from 1970.

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DIY Trash Compressor

When a trash can looks full, a simple push can provide more room. But pressing the trash with your hands is an unpleasantly dirty job. This DIY trash compressor project from 1970 is the perfect solution.

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An Efficient and Inexpensive Trash Solution

This trash compressor reduces the volume of trash to just a quarter of its original size. And the required materials are inexpensive. As we looked back at vintage projects to honor Family Handyman’s 70th anniversary, this was one of our favorite finds.

For more of our amazing vintage Family Handyman content, visit our 70th Anniversary Page.

Mikayla Borchert
Mikayla is an assistant editor for Family Handyman, specializing in indoor and outdoor gardening, organization and d├ęcor. She has one cat and holds a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota. Outside of work, she likes running, skiing, hiking and tending her balcony garden.