11 Things to assess before buying an Industrial Trash Compactor

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Courtesy of Northern California Compactors, Inc

For business owners to have an efficient and cost effective business, it is necessary to have a proper trash management system in place. Industrial trash compactors make the waste management process trouble-free and environment friendly. Compactors significantly shrink the size of the waste, which in turn helps reduce pressure on dumpsters, landfills, and most importantly, on the Mother Earth.

Business owners should not have to go through training or modify their routines because trash compactors are conveniently easy to implement and use. However, depending on factors such as a company’s volume and size of the trash, there are various types of compactors to choose from. In order to determine what the most effective and efficient industrial trash compactor may be for one’s company, a handful of things need to be considered.

Below are some suggestions that will be beneficial during discussions with your trash compactor supplier. These should make it simple for you to buy the one that best fits your criteria:

  1. Evaluate the Source of Trash Generation – As the owner of the business, you should assess details such as the main source of trash generation in the facility, trash collection and storage points, and possible issues that may come up. Determine the kind of cubic yardage and weight from the waste being generated monthly by observing the present waste hauling conditions. This should help you determine which compactor category suits your requirement.
  2. Assessing the Volume of Trash Generated – Calculate how much trash is generated in the facility where the trash compactor is being planned for use.
  3. Transportation of the Trash – Assess details like path and transportation, including information on loose trash and compacted trash collection points at the facility. Also find out how much temporary storage is available (if at all) and then determine what the most cost-efficient way for scheduled pick-ups may be for your company. (See below)
  4. Assess the Waste Hauling Plan – The contract with a waste hauler is an important factor in determining what size compactor you should get to get. It is also one of the most important factors in being able to maximize your profit and limit your expenditures. For instance, if your waste-hauling plan includes a long-term contract with the waste hauler, which can be terminated only at the end of the contract, the equipment doesn’t save you as much as it could. If the waste-hauling contract is based month-by-month, then maximum benefits can be obtained with the equipment.
  5. Type of Trash Compactor – Evaluate whether your business needs an indoor or outdoor trash compactor, or an amalgamation of both by considering current operations and future needs. Identify if there are any conditions that can damage or ruin either the outdoor or indoor trash compactor.
  6. Assess Specific Needs – Consider the needs of workers and the waste flows generated in the facility to decide upon which industrial compactor is the best fit for your company. It is known fact that not all businesses are alike; even if they work on similar lines, have the same facilities and number of workers. For instance, one business may need only an indoor industrial compactor while another may have requirements for an outdoor industrial compactor. Identifying these factors at the facility can help in focusing on the right type of compactor.
  7. Study Various Waste Compactors – Know about various types of waste compactors and their operations. It can help in making a decision on certain features you may or may not include with any potential compactor.
  8. Hazard Assessment – Find out whether any existing routines of storing waste are creating any hazards and would the addition of a trash compactor help solve this problem.
  9. Analyze Current Resources – Study whether the company can put together its own hauling system with its resources or not.
  10. Assess Trash Profile – Find out what portion of your company’s trash profile contains recyclable materials and what the percentage is for each material material (such as cardboard, PET, plastic, paper, etc) so you can choose the right type of equipment.
  11. Analyze Your Budget – Understand what your minimum and maximum budget is for purchasing a trash compactor and let your supplier know of this.

By making a comprehensive requirement analysis you can make a more informed decision over purchasing a commercial trash compactor and ensure great paybacks for your investment.

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