I found something similar using the stable version of Loki. The unstable (daily) version works better - there is no persistent Plank item in the most recent version for example.
If the trash contains a large number (1000's) of files, then the context menu in plank can take several seconds to appear during which time Plank appears to freeze; presumably it is busy populating the context menu "restore" section with each file name.
Also in neither case did the "restore file" option on the context menu work.
I think this is mostly down to Plank - you can install a different filemanager - e.g. Thunar or Dolphin - and use Settings/Applications to set it as the default file browser. The docklet launches the default filemanager. I found the same behaviour using a different filemanager.