Types of Trash Compactors
There are many types of trash compactors that businesses use for different reasons. In general, compactors are used when a business generates large amounts of compactable material or has a limited space for the collection of material. Compactors can come in various shapes and sizes depending on their use. Some of the common trash compactors out there are stationary compactors, self-contained compactors, and vertical compactors. Which compactor is best for your business?
Self Contained Compactor
The self contained compactors are designed for wet waste, which makes them a great asset for locations that dispose of large amounts of food. Managing a restaurant, education center or office building that provides food services are all businesses that could benefit from a self contained compactor. These trash compactors have a loading chamber that rangers from 1-2 cubic yards with an attached receiver container that ranges from 10-30 cubic yards.
Once the receiver container is full, the container with compactor attached is picked up, taken away for disposal, and then returned and reconnected. A major application for this type of trash compactor is with large volumes of compactable wet waste.
Advantages of a Self Contained Compactor
These compactors are designed to be liquid tight to prevent leaks. Additionally, there are less odors with self-contained compactors, which is important if it is stored indoors. Rodents and insects will not be able to get to trash when in the container. Lastly, there are many self-contained compactors with a self-cleaning flushing feature of the user’s convenience.
This specific trash compactor is best used when a customer generates a large volume of waste materials and is limited with space for the collection of the materials. The materials that are collected with the vertical compactors are plastic, cardboard, paper, and some wet materials. The compactors are serviced by a front load truck and typically have 6 cubic yard or 8 cubic yard containers.
To load a vertical compactor, you will place the appropriate waste through the front doors and when it is full, use the compactor to press down the garbage to reduce the volume. You can have multiple containers kept on your site which decreases the frequency of your pick-ups.
Advantages of a Vertical Compactor
One obvious advantage to a vertical compactor is its size- they are relatively small and great for limited space. Their small footprint combined with the usefulness of the decreased garbage volume with their functionality of a larger stationary compactor make these a great advantage for your business!
Stationary compactors or Breakaway Compactors include a ground-mounted compactor that is connected to a removable roll-off receiver container for collecting the waste material. It is larger than the vertical compactor and compresses bulky dry materials like plastic and cardboard. This type of compactor is generally used in high-volume waste settings such as hospitals, department stores, restaurants, or warehouses.
Stationary compactors are bolted to the ground, making them a permanent addition to the business. The compactor crushes the waste into the receiver box, one the receiver box is full, the container is hauled to a landfill to be emptied.
Advantages of a Stationary Compactor
This type of compactor is the best choice for businesses that produce large amounts of waste every day. It is larger than a vertical compactor allowing it to hold more waste. It also cuts down on waste volume and number of weekly pickups to empty container.