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WASTE COMPACTORS - REDUCE THE TRASH BURDEN

 

Any business that is dealing with a lot of waste hauling requirements should evaluate the use of waste compactors. There are many different types of waste compactors as well as options to consider, but once you are familiar with the types of compactors that are available combined with a little internal information about your waste hauling costs and service requirements, you will have a better idea of the path you should take. Waste reduction, both in terms of volume reduction (through densification) and recycling (by removing materials from the waste stream that is requiring service) can generate huge savings for businesses. In addition, other business concerns such as overflowing and/or vermin ridden dumpsters, fire hazards, parking lot repairs and other issues can be minimized though the use of waste compactors. Since there are so many types of compactors there is almost always a good fit for each particular circumstance, whether your business is best suited for an outdoor compactor or an indoor compactor.

The main reason why a business would want to invest in a waste compactor is for the purposes of volume reduction, which in turn means less waste hauling service requirements. If you simply dump loose waste into a dumpster it is obvious that it will require emptying much more often than if you are compacting the waste.   

Waste compactors are typically utilized on non-recyclable materials such as mixed waste that is being hauled to the landfill (versus recyclables that are being baled for transport to recycling centers).  Volume reduction ratios of 4 to 1 or 5 to 1 are common for outdoor compactors while volume reduction ratios for indoor waste compactors can range from 10 to 1 on up to 15 to 1, depending upon trash profile.  Regardless of the compaction ratios or volume reduction ratios, the benefits for outdoor compactors can oftentimes be as much or greater than the indoor compactors, depending upon circumstances. An outdoor compactor achieving only a 4 to 1 reduction ratio (which is utilized properly) can be much more effective than an indoor compactor that is mis-utilized or under-utilized.  

When you are looking for waste compactors it’s important to take into consideration a couple of things.

        Location  – Evaluate the ideal location for a waste compactor by looking at your overall waste routines and how the trash is processed on a day to day basis. With just a little time spent you can easily determine the best location for the compactor.  

       Payback – Assess the payback based on waste hauling service reductions and other factors. If the decision appears to be a borderline decision based on payback you may also want to consider incidental cost savings. Incidental costs savings could include things such as the annual savings in parking lot repairs due to the reduction in the waste hauling requirements or when indoor compactors are being considered it could mean a drastic savings in labor caused by excessive trips to the dumpster by employees (who also combine this activity with a long smoke break for each trip to the dumpster). It could also mean much less labor required for cleaning around the dumpsters.  

       Safety and Personnel – Make sure that the waste compactor you select is safe and fits the profile of the personnel that will be asked to operate it and maintain it.


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