Cadet Blog: 3/C Jack Gerrior - Friday, February 19, 2020

Submitted by Jack Gerrior on Mon, 02/24/2020 - 08:55

The Trash Compactor Watch
Caution! Non-Compactible Items Such As Lumber, Cement Products, Pipe, Etc., Should NOT Be Placed in the Trashpacker as These Items May Cause Structural Damage.

This is the warning sign attached to the stainless-steel compactor in the Trash Compactor Room located next to dry storage (near the Machine Shop). Just like Deck Watch, this utility watch lasts between 0730-1130, 1650-1730, (Dinner Relief), and 1930-2330. On this day, 3/C Ben Temple (MENG) and 4/C Gamboa-Sanchez (FENG from Kansas) were assigned to operating the compactor whenever cadets arrive with bagged trash that needs to be compressed. Used cardboard is brought here as well, and needs to be flattened, stacked neatly, and bundled up with twine. Once there is a fair amount cardboard and the compacted trash (kept in blue bags), these are both brought out on deck to the storage container found on top of the colossal steel doors leading down into 2-Hold. Here are the instructions for running both of the two compactors found in this space:

Simple Instructions for Biege Compactor

  • Read other posted instructions and JSA
  • Load bagged trash through top chute. Fill but do not overstuff
  • Close Chute door.
  • Press <BALE> button. Wait until machine stops pressing trash.
  • Press <PAK RETURN>. Wait for the Press Pad to return to the top position.
  • Repeat until the trash cube filled with compacted trash.

Compactor Operating Procedures:

  • Rotate the door handle one-quarter turn clockwise and open the trash service door. Remove the trash cube from the compaction chamber.
  • Place a compactor trash bag (blue bag) into the trash cube, making sure that you have a little extra bag in the bottom of the cube. Fold the top of the bag over the edge of the cube on the outside, and then turn up the excess bag towards the top of the cube forming the cuff on all four sides.
  • Locate the marking on the trash cube that reads “front.” This marking must face you as you insert the cube into the machine. Close and latch the door by rotating the handle one quarter turn downward (counter-clockwise).
  • Insert the key and turn to the “on” position. Remove the key from the compactor. Insert the trash through the trash loading chute. Close the loading chute and start the machine by pushing the “start” button. The machine will complete one compaction cycle ad automatically shut off. The trashpacker does not have to be cycled every time that trash is placed in the machine, only when the trash reaches a few inches below the compaction plate.
  • The full indicator light and warning buzzer will come on when the trashpacker need to be unloaded.

To pass the time during this watch, 3/C Temple and 4/C Gamboa-Sanchez studied in preparation for the exams they would be taking on the next day. Cadet Temple was expected to memorize the diagrams of the Main Steam System located in the Engine Room in addition to others that he could be questioned on during his assessment. For the next day’s Knot Assessment, Cadet Gamboa-Sanchez practiced each of the 12 knots that could be requested by the testers. By the close of the watch, he felt confident in his ability to tie each of them. Here is a list of the knots we worked on with each other:

1) Figure-8 Knot

2) Square Knot

3) 2-Half-Hitches

4) Clove Hitch

5) Bowline

6) French Bowline

7) Bowline-On-A-Bite

8) Sheep Bend (Becket’s Bend)

9) Double Sheep Bend (Double Becket’s Bend)

10) Fisherman’s Bend (Anchor Bend)

11) Trucker’s Hitch

12) Fisherman’s Knot

trash compactor requirements
jack packs up boxes


trash compactor
jack loads the compactor


Door of trash compactor room
knot tied on a railing in the trash compactor room
plan of the day



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lock out tag out sign on compactor