how does a trash compactor work

How Does A Trash Compactor Work?

If your business is trying to take care of your environment and reduce your footprint on the earth, you may have considered investing in a trash compactor. Trash compactors are a great way to spark a movement within your company to cut down on waste. Many times there are items that your business is throwing in the trash that can be recycled. This is the first place to begin! When you are more conscious to recycle the items that can be recycled, you automatically will be producing less waste.

Waste by definition is both area that is not used as well as products or material that is eliminated or discarded. When using a regular trash can or dumpster there are many times large amounts of wasted space within it! When you do make the decision to move forward with a trash compactor you will all of the sudden begin to see savings not only in space used within your waste collector, but also on the end of the amount of trash pickups that are required resulting in a savings in gas as well as the amount of emissions caused by the trash pickup.

How Do They Work?

Now how do trash compactors work? If you make the decision to have one on your company property, it’s important that you understand how they work and exactly how you will be creating less waste. First we recommend to go through the manual of your specific compactor and read it entirely so that you understand your specific compactor well. Although all trash compactors and brands can and will be used differently, they all will generally work the same way. Generally speaking, a trash compactor functions with a large “ram” that compresses the trash down. The ram is a metal piece of that sits above the trash. The operator or user will load up the trash compactor with whatever applicable waste there is and once secured, will activate the ram and the compacting will begin. Trash compactors vary in size and ability but there are certain compactors that can and will hold up to one thousand gallons of waste! That’s a lot of trash! There are also various requirements as far as how you are to load and unload your trash compactor along with what items you should put in and in what order! Be sure to check your manufacturers handbook before you start using your compactor.

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Things That Should NOT Go Into A Commercial Trash Compactor

Although there are many items that CAN be put into a trash compactor to help your company reduce it’s footprint, there are also items that definitely should NOT go into a trash compactor due to safety measures and other reasons. Flammable and explosive materials should never be disposed of in a trash compactor, not only can it wreck your machine but it is also super dangerous for anyone near by or operating the machine. Under no circumstance should any explosive material or flammable material be disposed of in a trash compactor. Chemicals are another item that should not be disposed of in a compactor, this can be dangerous for the operators and unloaders of the machine. More items that should not go into a trash compactor are glass and wood. Glass can be dangerous when crushed for the people unloading and loading the compactor and compacting wood can break or jam your machine! We advise looking into other ways to dispose of your unwanted glass and wood! Lastly, and a very important note to make is that body parts should NEVER go into a trash compactor. Arms, legs, and any other body parts should not be placed in a commercial trash compactor, if your compactor is jammed or seems to be malfunctioning, call a professional with experience and knowledge to come and look at your compactor to see what might be the problem.

Things That SHOULD Go Into A Commercial Trash Compactor

There are tons of items that can and should go into your trash compactor to help you reduce your footprint, just be sure to follow your compactors manual in order to operate the machinery in the best way possible for your business and create the least amount of waste possible.

If you are looking for a commercial trash compactor, take a look at our inventory today! We have tons of quality used and new trash compactors that we would love to talk to you about. If you have questions about your compactor or are looking for a reputable company that can help you with your current compactor, please contact us today! Our representatives would be happy to talk to you about what needs you might have!

The Benefits Of Preventive Maintenance For Your Compactors & Balers

Machinery provides great advantages to businesses today – increasing productivity and reducing operating costs are just some of the many positive effects that it can have for a business. Although it can produce great returns, owning and operating a business with regularly running machines needs to be strategically thought through. Much like people, engineered objects are not invincible, compactors and balers will break and of course undergo regular wear and tear of use! Have you ever heard the old saying, “if it’s not broke, then don’t fix it?” this phrase is still religiously lived by for some business and machine owners. Baler and compactor preventive maintenance might seem like more work and more costly up front but we are here to tell you that it will create countless benefits for your company in the long haul. What are some of the benefits?

“Preventive maintenance: Maintenance that is regularly performed on a piece of equipment to lessen the likelihood of it failing. It is performed while the equipment is still working so that it does not break down unexpectedly."

Operational Safety

Operational safety should be at the top priority and goal of EVERY business. This means keeping your employees safe by creating a safe work environment, following safety rules, as well as keeping your equipment running safely. As you perform preventive maintenance on your compactors and balers you are taking the steps to regularly check and double check that they are running properly, and they do not have any alarming symptoms that might lead to a break down, or a dangerous situation for any of your employees. 

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Reduced Maintenance Costs

Any manager, owner, or business professional wants to keep costs down in order to make the most profit possible, right? By implementing baler and compactor preventive maintenance into your business model, it’s extremely likely that you will actually be reducing overall maintenance costs. The time and cost put into routinely checking through your compactors and balers will likely save you from needing to take the time and money to pay for a large broken-down machine. As you routinely check your balers and compactors, you will be replacing parts as they begin to wear, which will not only more than likely save you from a big breakdown where you need to replace multiple parts on top of losing production time!

Decreased Down Time

Decreasing your down time when a machine breaks is crucial to lowering your overall operations cost in the long term picture. Maintaining your balers and compactors regularly will likely result in less unexpected repairs and replacements – and when those unexpected times do come, there’s a bigger chance that the repair will not be as drastic as it could have been if the machine had not been under routine surveillance. That decrease in down time adds up over time not only making your business more efficient, but also more cost effective.

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Operations Efficiency

Operations efficiency can not only save you money, but it makes you MORE money. Machines obviously go through normal wear and tear, just like any other tangible object. The great thing about machines though, is that you can replace individual parts based on the wear and tear that they endure. As a compactor and baler gets older and has basic wear and tear, things won’t continue to work as fast and sometimes you will even see a noticeable change in the speed of operation. Replacing parts affecting the speed and productivity will keep up your efficiency while also preventing a breakdown that might leave you in a bad spot.

Extend Machine Life

Extending your machine life can sometimes be as easy as habitually checking your compactors and balers. If one piece of your machine fails or is failing; replacing the one part will likely prevent other parts from failing as a result of the first initial breaking piece. This in turn will begin to extend the life of the individual machine pieces, as well as raising the overall live expectancy of the machine.

Running a compactor and baler in your everyday business operations requires a maintenance plan, in order to maximize your work. Not only do baler and compactor preventive maintenance plans help businesses save money and stay on top of operations, but it also contributes to a safe and secure work environment for your employees which goes a lot further than just making them feel valued – it will create a positive name and reputation for your company as well as the individuals who work there.
So, if you do not practice preventive maintenance on your machines, you now know why it’s so important – but how do you begin to implement a plan after months, years, or decades of running your business the same way…with no routine maintenance? We suggest that you create a team of individuals to be responsible for overseeing the program. A good mix might be a to have a person from production, management, and maintenance. After your team has been formed we suggest that you make a plan of exactly which machines need to be checked when, how they need to be checked & what the best way is for that to happen. For example, you might want to make sure to check Baler A, B, & C’s electrical and hydraulics on the first of every other month because they are your oldest machines, then Compactor D & E every 6 months because they don’t get used quite as often and don’t have quite the same wear and tear as some other machines. If you do not have an experience mechanic on staff to do these checks for you, you can schedule these routine “check-ups” with Speed-Tech Equipment, or your local compactor and baler provider.

Remember, baler and compactor preventive maintenance is a great way to keep your equipment in tip-top shape, and is part of a successful formula to keep your business running the way you want – but it’s not guaranteed to always be 100% successful. Machines are still machines and we cannot always predict when something will break or when/how some sort of external situation will affect equipment in an unforeseen way.

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Baler or Compactor | Which is right for your company?

A business that handles waste is a business that needs either a baler or compactor.

Using either a baler or compactor will help make your business run easier and reduce waste handling costs. Every company is striving to increase recycling, and having a baler or a compactor is the way to go.

The difficult decision is choosing what one to get. What is the difference between baler or compactor? How do you decide what one to get? What is the best one for your business? Here are the differences to help you choose the best fit for your needs and business.

BALERS

Balers are machines that help pack large amounts of recyclable material into compact and smaller shape, allowing easier storage and shipment. In addition to this, they give companies another source of income. They are grouped into two categories: vertical baler (aka downstroke balers) and horizontal baler. See the difference between vertical and horizontal balers here. 

 

A baler is used to pack mainly recyclable materials such as cardboard, paper, plastics, metal, etc. The materials are then condensed into bales for easy storage and transport. Eventually, these bales are brought to a recycling company for resale and reuse.

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COMPACTORS

are used to reduce and compress large volumes of trash into a contained area. It can handle different types of waste to reduce its size and make it easier to handle and transport. There are different kinds of compactors, including food waste compactors, self- cleaning compactors, and polystyrene compactors.

Benefits of a baler are as follows:

  • Provide a tidier, cleaner work space environment
  • Reduce cost of waste disposal
  • Create additional earnings, depending on the material and volume of waste
  • Increase amount recycled

  • Be an example to others, including customers, that it is necessary to recycle
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Benefits of a compactor are as follows:

  • Easier loading and transporting waste
  • Ideal for bulky waste that needs compacting
  • Bin tipping option available. This gives a potential reduction of manual handling.
  • Reduce costs for transport since the bales of the compactor take up less space
  • Self-cleaning compactors are available
  • Reduces overall number of trash pickups
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What is best for you and your company?

With an understanding of both balers and compactors, you can determine what would be best for you. Both compactors and balers are great for saving money, helping the environment, and the transportation and handling of materials.

Speed-Tech Equipment offers a wide range of balers and compactors. Our balers include horizontal balers and vertical balers. Our compactors include stationary compactors, self-contained compactors, and vertical compactors.Need help choosing? Give Speed-Tech Equipment a call at 616-669-2142 or contact us! 

At Speed-Tech Equipment, our goal is to help people and businesses recycle and reduce waste by providing the right equipment for the job