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Compactor with Built-In Cart - Compactor Cart Combo

Compactor   Compactor

Main Benefits and Features of these Compactors:

1. The Built-In Cart helps eliminate safety concerns related to employees lifting heavy compacted trash which is combined with the space saving benefits.

2. The Compactor will hold roughly 750 gallons of trash before needing to be emptied which is almost 4 cubic yards.

3. The Built-In Cart with heavy duty wheels has an electrically powered raising mechanism so employees simply push a button which means they don't 'feel' the weight at anytime during the process (i.e. from the point the Cart is ejected from Compactor to transporting and finally to the point of raising and emptying the compacted trash into the dumpster).

4. The compaction ratio or reduction ratio is much higher than it is for outdoor compactors.

5. The trash is containerized within a heavy duty plastic bag that helps contain odors, vermin, rodents, pilferage and the use of the dumpster by others for discarding their trash (since it is easy to pinpoint the loose trash as someone else's.) 




Compactors on Casters - Liftcart (to transport & empty trash) is a Separate item

Commercial Compactors   Compactor Diagram

1. Full Indicator Light & Buzzer
2. Locking Key Switch
3. All Stainless Steel Cabinet
4. Air Sanitizer
5. Heavy Duty Cylinder
6. Safety Lock Doors
7. Hydraulic Trash Ejector
8. Swivel Locking Casters

Main Benefits and Features of these Compactors:

1. Available in 3 sizes of Compactors; Small, Medium & Large. The Small Compactors accept roughly 300 gallons of loose trash  before they need to be emptied (approx 1.5 Cu Yds). The Medium Compactors accept roughly 600 gallons of loose trash before they need to be emptied (approx 3 Cu Yds). The Large Compactors accept roughly 1,000 gallons of loose trash before they need to be emptied (approx 5 Cu Yds). 

2. The benefits of not having a Built-In Cart can sometimes be overlooked, however there are many applications where the Built-In Cart may be a disadvantage. Having the option of a separate LiftCart  can sometimes help when customers prefer not to wait for the compactor to get 'full' before emptying but would rather hand carry 50 pound increments (for example) to the dumpster (versus than wait for the compactor to become full with weights of several hundred pounds).  Usually this is when there is a very short distance to the dumpster and labor savings are not the main focus (but rather waste hauling reductions).  

3. Just like the Compactor Cart Combo, these compactors also achieve a much higher reduction ratio than outdoor compactors. 

4. As with the Compactor Cart Combo, these compactors also containerise the trash within a heavy duty plastic bag, however they also utilize a durable plastic container which is lined with the heavy duty plastic bag.

Small Compactor - Stainless Steel
Medium Compactor - Stainless Steel
Large Compactor - Stainless Steel


Indoor Hopper Compactors

Compactor - Small Indoor Hopper Style

Trash Chute Compactor Room - Layout Example

Main Benefits and Features of these Compactors:

1. These Compactors work in conjunction with the Steel 2 Yard Containers on Casters so they are used in 'street level' applications where the Steel Containers can easily be rolled to the Hauler tipping area. The Compactor achieves a reduction / compaction ratio of about 4 to 1 or 5 to 1 depending upon trash profile. Thus the 2 Yard Container will hold roughly 8 - 10 cubic yards of trash. These Compactors are great in various situations where the trash has to be wheeled to designated areas for tipping. They can can accomodate increases or quick fluctuations in trash volume by simply adding additional containers. It is good to always have at least two containers so one can be in placed with the compactor while the other(s) is waiting to be tipped by the hauler.  Another advantage is the the hopper design allows for a large feed opening in which to deposit trash.  

2. Compaction Ratios or Reduction ratios usually range from around 4 to 1 up to 6 to 1 depending upon trash profile

Indoor Hopper Compactors   







High Rise Apartment / Building Compactors for Trash Chutes


High Rise Apartment Compactors

Main Benefits and Features of these Compactors:

1. Available in various sizes and styles these Compactors work in conjunction with an existing chute system in High Rise Buildings and the trash basically flows into the compactors and then is removed by the facility employees. Depending upon the style of High Rise Compactor utilized, some are equipped with inside containers lined with heavy duty poly bags that are carted to the dumpster area (via Hydraulic Liftcart on wheels for example). Other High Rise Compactors are designed for the compacted  trash to end up in a steel 'Front Load' container on wheels that is tipped by haulers (so the employees just basically wheel it to the hauler tipping area). In these applications, extra containers are useful to have on hand to accept trash while the full one is awaiting pick-up or tipping by the hauler. 

2. Compaction Ratios or Reduction ratios usually range from around 6 to 1 up to 10 to 1 depending upon the type or style of compactor utilized as well as the trash profile of the High Rise Building. 

High Rise Compactor - Lower Height Buildings
High Rise Compactor - High Volume Standard Footprint 
High Rise Compactor - High Volume Reduced Footprin






Bin Compactors - Portable



Main Benefits and Features of these Compactors:

1. The design of the Bin Compactors makes them adaptable to a variety of situations. Basically, there are two models that function in separate ways. With one model the resulting trash cube is contained within a polybag that is sitting on a pallet. For facilities already using pallet jacks or forklifts this design is very useful.  The other model feeds the compacted trash into a Front/Rear Load Steel Container on wheels that is simply wheeled to a location where the hauler can tip the container.

2. In addition to being fed manually, these compactors  can also be fed by a conveyor or by a chute or an air handling system.

3. These compactors can either be set up to cycle on and off automatically or they can accept continuously.

4. These compactors have a small footprint and they are easily portable with a forklift (assuming an outlet is nearby) so they are great for placing them at heavy trash generation points such as production lines.

CB-4900 - (Palletized Trash Cube Using Polybags)
CC-2900 - (Using Front or Rear Load' Container


PortaPack Compactors (Container Ready)


Compactor                Compactor

Main Benefits and Features of these Compactors:

1. These type of compactors can serve as quick fixes for a variety of waste and trash related issues where drums, UN / DOT certified Boxes or 95 gallon trash bins are already in use.

2. Ease of implementation, operation and portability are extremely accommodating. Whether it is disposable clothing, contaminated rags, wet waste material or general trash these low budget compactors can be very useful.

3.  Scalability is a big plus since you can easily add to existing compactors in order to produce a system or series of compactors that work together. For example each container compacting a different material that has been pre-sorted.

Overview of the Porta-Packs
Trash Bin Ready Porta-Packer Model
Drum Ready Porta-Packer Model
Box Ready Porta-Packer Model





Specialty Compactors such as the Lamp Crusher

Fluorescent Bulb Compactor

Main Benefits and Features of these Compactors:

1. These compactors or crushers are designed specifically for fluorescent bulbs or lamps and nothing else.  There is a standard model for straight bulbs only as well as a U-Shaped model that can crush U-Shaped bulbs as well as straight bulbs. 

2. These compactors (or crushers) filter mercury vapour as well as dust using a system that captures and neutralizes as the contaminants are released during crushing.

3. Easy to implement and use and of course they are very portable. 


Smart-Packs (Automatic Compacting Receptacle)

Compactor Trash Bin

Main Benefits and Features of these Compactors:

1. These compactors or Automatic Compacting Receptacles (as they are sometimes referred to) are designed for public use (in public areas of course) so that diners can make their own trash deposits just as they do with the typical fast food or cafeteria trash bins.  

2. The Automatic Compacting Receptacles (also called Dining Area Compactors) hold roughly 250 - 300 gallons of trash before needing to be emptied or approximately 10 times the amount of trash that traditional trash bins hold.

3.  Since the Automatic Compacting Receptacles are positioned at the point where trash is generated benefits are maximized with respect to not only labor savings (emptying & handling trash) but also waste hauling requirements (since the waste is highly compacted). Other hidden benefits are that they can help eliminate overflowing trash bins as well as cleanliness issues (including vermin and rodents) inside and also around the dumpster area.   

4. Typically compaction ratios or reduction ratios range from around 10 to 1 up to 12 to 1. However these compactors are designed for small incremental trash deposits versus large bags of trash.

5. Since these compactors can talk, they are great for advertising or sounding other verbal messages as customer make their waste deposits.

Indoor compactors can substantially reduce waste processing requirements as it relates to both labor and waste hauling. Choosing the right type of indoor compactor depends on many factors such as trash volume, accessibility and ease of transporting the compacted trash to the dumpster areas, overall security and housekeeping considerations, and many other circumstances. With the right product, paybacks can be as little as one year or less.

To learn more about how to evaluate your particular waste processing and waste disposal situation, it may be helpful to read our General Overview.

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