Empty plastic bottles are often dumped carelessly without being flattened but the cap on. I assume no human can flatten such a 1.5l bottle (see example image), but can a garbage truck? I want to convince my local community to at least loosen the top (so that others can compact the bottles) because otherwise
- garbage containers fill up more quickly so latecomers will dump theirs around;
- we pay more as we practically pay the company that collects our garbage to transport air;
- -- and I'm not sure about this -- the garbage truck fills up more quickly.
Therefore I want to know whether a garbage truck (such as the one depicted below) can exert pressure or has some other means that can crush an empty but closed plastic bottle.
Secondarily, I want to know how much pressure force is required to crush an empty but closed 1.5l plastic bottle.