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Hi truglodite the idea is definitely two push buttons that when pushed with turn on a relay and actuate a pneumatic solenoid to operate a ram that crushes the can. Two buttons to keep the operator from accidently crushing an appendage. Later I plan on expanding this project with a hopper and a sensor to start with the buttons and crush until the hopper is empty. I am getting parts from amazon I will use a 12vdc power supply and a relay for the solenoid.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08QZ5RPJX/ref=ox_sc_saved_image_6?smid=A2GWB408K7VADK&th=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SJFV7S3/ref=ox_sc_saved_image_7?smid=A37DFQ476WZ5XM&psc=1