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.

how does a trash compactor work

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.

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