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A trash compactor is a built-in kitchen appliance that crushes paper, aluminum, cardboard and other waste to make it less bulky and easier for disposal.
Inspecting the home's trash compactor is part of making sure that all of the built-in kitchen appliances are operational. In addition, the inspector will check to see that the safety latch on the compactor is working and that the unit has a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlet if it's located near a water source. It's also important that there aren't too many appliances on one circuit so the breaker doesn't trip if more than one item is in use.