Elvis Presley Had a State-of-the-Art Way of Disposing Trash

by Clayton Edwards

Elvis Presley was many things. He was the King of Rock and Roll. At the same time, he was a top-billed actor. The King was also a trendsetter. More than that, though, he was a man who stayed on the cutting edge of several aspects of life. His music and fashion are well-documented as being ahead of the times. However, his iconic Memphis home was also outfitted with some state-of-the-art tech.

Elvis Presley was at the forefront of several things. For instance, before the men’s hairstyle was called a pompadour, it was simply called an “Elvis cut.” At the same time, he made rock music both marketable and popular. The man was an icon and made waves wherever he went. That didn’t change when he came home for the evening, either. He was The King. So, he had to have the best of everything. Why not? He could afford it. So, he got it.

In a 2016 episode of Gates of Graceland, Director of Archives Angie Marchese took Tom Brown, the show’s host, on a private tour of the home. During that tour, they stopped in the kitchen. Tourists get to walk through The King’s kitchen. However, they only get one view of it. Marchese took Brown in and showed him around. At one point, she started pointing out all of the gadgets that Elvis has collected for his kitchen.

How Elvis Presley Took Out the Trash

Marchese pointed out one kitchen gadget that most tourists never get to see. In the corner of the kitchen, near the door to the famous Jungle Room, sits a trash compactor. Today, that doesn’t seem like a big deal. In fact, many of the things in Elvis Presley’s kitchen are things we either take for granted or see as outdated. However, at the time, they were state-of-the-art. This was cutting-edge stuff while The King was still inhabiting Graceland.

Trash compactors originally came about in the early 1940s. However, these were only for industrial or commercial use. For instance, many of the first compactors were used to crush oil cans. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the first in-home trash compactor became available. Elvis Presley passed away in 1977. So, he would have had to have gotten his when it was a brand new item.

Elvis Presley was far ahead of his time. You can see this in just about every aspect of his life, including his kitchen. One could only imagine how much tech The King would amass in today’s fast-paced world.