How to Choose An Industrial Trash Compactor

Published: 23rd October 2009
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How can your company make more money? Simple. By saving money. One cost a company can cut down is the waste bill. Have you ever considered purchasing, renting or leasing an industrial trash compactor? Well if you haven't you should. Like selecting the right automobile with all the options and features that fit your way of life, so must the compactor fit your facility or shop's needs. And since there are many differences between compactors I will point out the things you should look for in a compactor in regards to your needs.

There are two types of compactors-Stationary and Self Contained. A stationary compactor is split up into two parts. Those two parts are the compactor and the container/receiver. The compactor remains on facility grounds at all time while the container is hauled away whenever it is full. A self-contained compactor also has a compactor and container, but the two are welded together to make one complete unit. When the self-contained unit is full the disposal company hauls the entire unit and brings it back after it has been dumped.

Now that you know the difference between stationary and self-contained compactors let us examine which compactor is best for holding wet waste and which is best for dry waste. Although both compactors can efficiently hold dry waste, such as cardboard, old furniture and damaged product, it is best to use a stationary compactor for companies that only produce dry waste. Stationary compactors are a little less expensive and companies are less likely to experience problems with the loads being too heavy since only the container is being hauled away.

On the other hand, restaurants, hotels and other food and beverage companies that produce large amounts of food/wet waste only want to use a Self-Contained compactor. Self-Contained compactors have been welded to be leak proof and the best manufactures like Marathon fill every compactor with water as part of their quality assurance. These compactors can also be fitted with drain and valve hookups to release the liquid out of the loads into a clarifier to lessen the weight of the load. And, all the same attachments that can be fitted to the stationary compactor can be fitted to the self-contained.

Compactor containers generally come in sizes between three cubic yards (the basic bins you see at small plazas and apartment complexes) to forty cubic yards (the long bins you see at construction sites and on the back of 18 wheelers). With that in mind, what size container do you think your company needs? Don't have a clue? It's okay, just keep reading.

When trying to figure out what size container best suits your needs, remember this; compactors compact at a ratio of 4 to 1. So if you have 4 three yard bins that are emptied once a week-1 three yard compactor can replace them all. If you have 1 forty yard bin that is emptied twelve times a month, buy a forty yard compactor and it will only need to be emptied three times a month.

The less pickups your disposal company has to make means the more money your company saves. Depending on the size of a company's operation, by adding a compactor or two can sometimes save thousands upon thousands of dollars a month. Even if a company saved five-hundred dollars a month, that equals into a savings of thirty thousand dollars over five years and seventy-two thousand dollars over the minimum expected life of the compactor (12 years).

Before I left the compactor industry, I saw great things happening. From smaller, more efficient compactors being built to solar-powered compactors. And please do not think only the large manufactures can benefit from these powerful waste reduction machines. I've helped many small plazas and "mom and pop" shops with the smaller compactors. Take the time and look into these machines, its worth the time and effort.

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