- "Will you shut up and listen to me? Shut down all garbage mashers on the Detention Level, will you? Do you copy?"
- ―Luke Skywalker, to C-3PO
A garbage compactor, trash compactor, or garbage masher was a metal chamber used to store and compress waste. The walls would come together, compressing and crushing the garbage in the process.
Garbage compactors in the galaxyEdit
When Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca rescued Leia Organa aboard the first Death Star in 0 BBY, they were forced to blast their way into unit 3263827. Since garbage chute sensors identify types of waste and direct them to the right compactor, Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewbacca ended up in recyclable waste owing to their armor and weapons. Once inside, they were unable to leave because the door was magnetically sealed, preventing blaster bolts from penetrating. A dianoga attacked and almost killed Skywalker when it took him underwater. When the creature released Skywalker, the walls began to rumble and edge toward each other, threatening to crush the companions trapped inside the masher. However, they were saved when C-3PO, Skywalker's protocol droid, managed to have all the garbage mashers on the Detention Level shut down.
Thirty-four years later, during the Assault on Starkiller Base, Solo asked Finn, a former First Order stormtrooper who had sanitation duties at the base, if the location happened to have trash compactors. Finn used his knowledge to find one, and they forced their prisoner, Captain Phasma, down the garbage chute.
- A New Dawn (Mentioned only) (First identified as trash compactor)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Warhead" (Mentioned only) (as "trash compactor")
- Bounty Hunt
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (First appearance)
- A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy
- Episode IV: A New Hope Read-Along Storybook and CD
- "The Baptist"—From a Certain Point of View
- Darth Vader 12: Shadows and Secrets, Part VI (Mentioned only) (as "trash compactor")
- Doctor Aphra 1: Aphra, Part I (Mentioned only) (First identified as waste compactor)
- Star Wars 31: The Screaming Citadel, Part II (Mentioned only) (as "trash compactor")
- Star Wars 36: Revenge of the Astromech
- Aftermath (Mentioned only) (as "trash compactor")
- Star Wars: Uprising (Mentioned only)
- Aftermath: Life Debt (Mentioned only)
- Aftermath: Empire's End (as "trash compactor")
- Bloodline (Mentioned only) (First identified as garbage compactor)
- "All Creatures Great and Small"
- Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (Mentioned only) (as "trash compactor")
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens novelization (Mentioned only) (as "trash compactor")
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: A Junior Novel
- The Force Awakens, Part V
- Captain Phasma, Part I
- Captain Phasma, Part II (Mentioned only; in the opening crawl)
- Star Wars Epic Yarns: A New Hope
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Crossing Paths"
- LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales – "Mission to Mos Eisley" (Appears in flashback(s))
- LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- (as "trash compactor")