What is a compactor?
A compactor is a convenient mechanical unit to compact many types of waste and/or recycling material. A compactor has a hydraulic device that crushes material and reduces material volume. This helps a customer save money by reducing the amount of loads.
Are there different types of compactors? Yes, there are a few, such as:
Stationary Compactor (Equipped with breakaway receiving containers)
Self-Contained Compactor (Which is a liquid tight compactor)
How do compactors work?
The material is placed into a hopper connected to the compactor. The material is then pushed into the receiving container. As the container begins to fill the material is compacted. The material is then stored into the container. With an 80% full indicator light the customer is aware when service will be needed.
Benefits of having a compactor
- Safety and housekeeping- having a compactor available has proven to promote better housekeeping and safety because there is always a convenient and efficient place to dispose of trash.
- Fire prevention- loose trash can catch fire easier than compacted trash.
- Theft prevention- some open top containers have been known for storage areas of expensive goods that have been stashed by employees to be removed later after the business closes!
- With an indicator light, there is ample time to request service for your container.
- Open top containers can be inviting to nearby residents to dispose of debris at someone else's expense.
Frequently Ask Questions about Compactors:
Q: Can a compactor save our company money?
A: The compactor will save you money by reducing loads thereby reducing costs.
Q: What type of material can be placed into a compactor?
A: Many types of material such as: trash, recyclable paper/plastics or cardboard.
Q: Where do you place a compactor?
A: It is usually placed on a concrete pad in a loading dock area, rear or side of building, or back parking lot area of property.
Q: Would a compaction system reduce the amount of loads compared to my roll-off container?
A: Yes, compaction allows container volume to decrease, reducing the number of loads.
Q:What types of businesses benefit from using a compaction unit?
A: Grocery stores, large office buildings, retail stores, or any business with high volume waste or recycling needs.