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Great Reasons To Use A Commercial Trash Compactor

Aug 17, 2007
If you are looking for a way to reduce waste expenses for your business and would you like to cut labor costs for material handling, read on.

The TOP TEN reasons why businesses choose to use trash compactors are:
1. Lower collection costs with fewer hauls needed to remove waste materials.
2. With less material handling, there are lower labor costs.
3. Parking lots stay cleaner from reduced spills and wind blown debris.
4. Odor control is achieved with sealed bins and odor control systems.
5. Using one compactor verses multiple dumpsters saves space.
6. Animals and people cannot get into the bins, so pilferage is eliminated.
7. Sealed bins keep insects out.
8. Because of reduced fire hazard, your insurance rates may be lower.
9. Unauthorized access and disposal are eliminated when people have no access to your trash and cannot discard their waste in your containers.
10. Liquid spill control can be achieved with drains systems and sealed bins.

Commercial trash compactors may be used to dispose of a variety of materials. Compactable wet refuse includes food waste (including produce, meat and dairy), plant waste, and household garbage. Acceptable dry refuse includes paper and cardboard. Large items such as pallets, drums, wood crates, appliances, furniture and metal cabinets are labeled bulky waste. Some items that are considered non-compactable are stacked magazines and newspaper, bundled printer paper, books and bricks. The type of trash will determine the type of compactor that is needed to compact and store the materials.

There are several types of compactors. Self-contained units are best for eliminating leakage of wet materials. Because the compactor and receiver bin are molded in one seamless piece, they maintain very sanitary conditions. The downside to these compactors is the hauler has to transport the compaction unit with the bin, adding significant weight. Liquid drain systems are available on some units to reduce the possibility of leakage and lower the weight of waste. Stationary auger compactors are securely attached in place. The receiver bin is the only part that is picked up by the truck, therefore more trash can be processed and a larger bin might be possible. Because stationary compactors are permanently fastened to the ground, trash chutes can be permanently attached and sealed.

Before choosing a compactor, you need to consider the volume of trash your business generates and the size of the largest items to be disposed. Because there are specialty compactors, note what type of trash will be removed, as in wet, dry or bulky. Consider the location of the compactor. Be sure it is convenient to the users and accessible to the trucks that will remove the waste. Make sure a power source is available and adequate. Familiarize yourself with the haulers equipment and choose a compactor that is compatible.

Having the right commercial trash management system can make your business more efficient, sanitary and cost effective.
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Terry Gates is a freelance writer with experience on
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