A weeks worth of trash in one bag with 7 people at home. We were rarely able to get all the trash into the one barrel provided by the town, prior to the compactor. We also recycle.
I bought this yesterday. I had an earlier model that lasted about 4 years,and when it died i bought this one. I usually pay attention to the reviews,but in this case not enough. One review stated that it doesent compress. As i had an earlier model.i figured that this person just didnt know how to use it,so i bought it. The ram goes down to compress,but as soon as its down it comes back up. The garbage doesent compress well this way. The other one had a ram that stayed down,compressing the garbage until you pushed the button to send it back up. I got all upset,and ready to send it back,but realized that at the bottom of the cycle if i pushed the off button the ram would stay down compressing the garbage until the on button was pushed. Doing this the **** thing works great,and i am keeping it. If you dont do it as i have listed, dont buy one of these as i guess as some of us have reviewed,they dont work correctly