This is a great tool for crushing cans and keeping them out of sight. Simply lift the handle, insert the can and crush it. The flat can then falls into the large plastic drum. This thing is made of super tough plastic for long life. It is a pleasant light gray color. It will never rust! This is a great recycler for cafeterias, game rooms, company picnics, bars, tail gators, or just anywhere that aluminum cans build up. Not only does it keep housekeeping to a minimum but it also makes it easy to transport a lot of cans since they are flat. Just install a trash bag and you don't even have to handle nasty cans. Plus you can sell the cans and pay for the recycler. For instance. Cans are selling for about 50 cents a pound right now. That works out to about 6.65 per bag of crushed aluminum cans. The unit will pay for itself in 9 bags of cans and makes a wonderful demonstration for school children concerning recycling. Not only are you doing the right thing for humanity but RECYCLING PAYS BACK CASH and you can prove it easily. Makes a great fund raising tool also for any kind of event as you can easily tabulate the donations. And everyone crushes their own cans so the work load is reduced. Overall height is about 34" and it weighs about 15 lbs in the box. Will be shipped either Fedex or Parcel Post, whichever is less. Note that this can crusher is designed for standard 12 oz. aluminum cans. Other sizes will not fit.