Is a Commercial Trash Compactor Worth the Cost?

Purchasing a commercial trash compactor is often a necessary decision that needs to be reached when planning a facility or up-scaling operations. Several factors need to be addressed and resolved when finding the right commercial trash compactor for a facilities’ specific needs. The following will attempt to answer some of the more commonly asked questions regarding commercial and industrial waste and trash compactors.

How much does a commercial trash compactor cost?

A good place to start answering questions about costs is to understand what you are paying to collect and remove the trash from your facility now. They are:

  • What is the nature of the trash?
  • How much trash is produced each week/month
  • How much are you paying the company hauling your trash
  • How will the waste be collected and brought to the compactor
  • What percent of the trash do you expect to re-cycle
  • What is your expected ROI

Purchasing a commercial compactor is often a necessary decision that needs to be reached when planning a facility or up-scaling operation. The KenBay Industrial Rotary Compactor may not be the best fit for some large-scale applications. Still, if you are hoping to put a highly efficient waste compactor right at the source of the waste, it is worth looking into.

What can you put in a commercial trash compactor?

Typically, materials and objects to be recycled, such as cardboard and cardboard boxes, and the various types of bags, whether plastic or paper, are profitably compacted. If it is content having no value that is to be disposed of, it can be nearly anything one normally sends to a dump. Exceptions are items too large for any of the commercially available compactors, non-compactable materials such as metal objects, and all types of liquids.

A careful study of your facility’s objectives can usually give an adequate idea of what size compactor you’ll need due to the waste stream that will be generated when the facility is fully operational. Many mid-sized and large facilities trust the KenBay RotoPac industrial compactor to minimize waste directly where it is being produced. Whether it’s plastic bottles, cardboard, styrofoam, toxic paint, used dairy containers, or other easily manipulated materials, the RotoPac is always up for the task.

Are trash compactors worth the money?

The simple answer is “yes” if one has a compactor that reduces the volume of a sufficient amount of trash such that its monthly hauling costs are less than the monthly amortizable cost of the compactor. Another consideration in making the compactor worth the money is that labor costs getting the trash to the compactor are reduced instead of collecting it inside the facility then hauling it to a dumpster before it is compacted. The KenBay RotoPac has a small footprint so that it can be located in a facility near the largest source of the trash being produced. The trash is then compacted before it is hauled to a dumpster for disposal.

Most RAM and other large-scale industrial compactor sit outside or occupy a full loading dock taking up critical space. If they sit outside, their life span will probably be shortened due to the elements’ interference. If they are inside and take up dock space, that is the room you could be put to better use.

A compactor that sits on your facility floor can be moved with a simple hand truck if necessary can ideal in most facilities. And if your industrial compactor has an on-average 6-to-1 compaction ratio, like the RotoPac, then you are saving money by reducing foot traffic needed to clear waste off the production floor.

How is a commercial trash compactor emptied?

The process to empty the container can of the typical large commercial trash compactor is that of the hauling firm using a truck with a hydraulic lift to load the container can, then hauling it to a dump or transfer station. Once there, the rear side of the can is opened, and with the hydraulic lift on the truck, the can is tilted such that the trash falls out. Then the truck hauls the container back to the facility where it was loaded when filled.

The beauty of the KenBay RotoPac is that since it compacts trash into a sealed plastic bag that sits on a standard-sized pallet, the trash generated can be easily moved and stacked into the hauler’s trailer with a forklift.

How does a commercial trash compactor work?

The most common type of commercial trash compactors uses a ram to move the trash into a container can. Container cans are large metal containers that one sees behind many retail stores. However, the ram only projects less than a foot into the attached can, so it actually only compacts trash once the can is beginning to fill. Other trash compactors using container cans compact the trash with an auger that then passes the waste into a container can.

Another type of trash compactor is the industrial rotary trash compactor. It compacts the waste into a bulk plastic bag by a high torque rotating and sweeping metal drum. This type of compactor has a small footprint, so it can be placed inside a facility where the trash is being generated. In that way, the trash is compacted before it is transported anywhere, and usually with a forklift to the filled bags can be stacked to reduce hauling cost greatly.

Unless your compactor is continually removing your waste’s memory, even while crushing added trash, then you may not be getting your money’s worth. The KenBay RotoPac is unique in its constantly rotating drum head continually removes any bounce-back. This is instrumental in delivering a high compaction ratio as well as a great ROI.

How long does a trash compactor last?

Many factors come into play when asking how long a commercial trash compactor will last:

  • Is it an indoor or outdoor compactor?
  • How well will it handle corrosive or toxic materials?
  • Does it work seamlessly with conveyors or pneumatic feeding devices?
  • Is it serviced regularly?
  • Is it cleaned regularly?

Some industrial compactors which exist in punishing environments won’t last more than half a decade. The KenBay Stainless Steel RotoPac has proven itself to be reliable for decades in seafaring environments in which corrosive saltwater air would normally make the compactor quickly inoperable.

Do trash compactors need special bags?

Your run-of-the-mill industrial RAM compactors do not use bags. Several environments that find it advantageous to utilize compactors to compact trash into bags are ocean vessels, ingredient and food-producing areas, and where hazardous waste is being produced. In these instances, special bags are used on ships for ease of remove trash from them. In food areas, large polyethylene is utilized so it is easily sealed to prevent odors from escaping from the trash. Special UN-rated bags are used for transporting hazardous waste. However, much of the trach produced can place in polyethylene bulk gas.

Having an industrial compactor indoors and using it for liquids or any food waste odor makes it necessary to have a sealed bag. KenBay offers several different polyethylene plastic bags that can be easily sealed and stacked and put aside until enough waste is generated to necessitate a call to a hauler and schedule a pickup.

In conclusion, if your facilities’ waste stream makes it so voluminous that it gets in the way of your production schedule or hampers worker safety, you’ll need to make the right decision regarding purchasing the right commercial waste compactor. Just remember, there different types of compactors and balers for crushing waste, but not everyone is right for your application.

What to Look for in a Commercial Trash Compactor

Piles of compacted cardboard and trash

If you run a business, there are two goals likely never far from your thoughts: safety and sustainability.

A commercial trash compactor is your best bet for ensuring both those goals – among others – provided you find the compactor that is right for your company.

You’ll improve your company’s sustainability – and reduce the amount of waste you’d otherwise be sending to landfills – while also making sure your employees are safer by limiting hazards in the workplace. Read on to learn the three features you should look for when choosing a trash compactor.

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The Safest Way to Use a Cardboard Baler

cardboard baler

Your business relies on cardboard. It’s hard to imagine how products would make it in and out without cardboard boxes.

But although cardboard is essential, it takes up a lot of room when you’re done using it, thus taking up space in your facility that could otherwise be put to better use.

Enter the cardboard baler.

These devices allow you compress cardboard into small, manageable bales, giving you less waste to deal with. They’re incredibly useful devices, but like any machinery, you need to exercise precautions when using them. (more…)

Food and Beverage Label Waste

Creative Labels, located in Gilroy, CA, has been in the business of producing high-quality labels for more than 35 years. The labels they produce are primarily for prime foods and beverages.

Label making generates a great deal of trim waste consisting of paper and plastic.  When the label producing machines operate for what are generally 12 hour-days during busy seasons, considerable waste is produced. Prior to 2004, Creative Labels had to wind up the waste from their machines, stop the presses to remove the rolls and try to stomp down the waste to compact it somewhat before putting it into containers. That made it difficult, costly, and time-consuming to dispose of this waste. However, in 2004 when the KenBay RotoPac compactor became available in the US, Creative Labels installed one because it offered significant uptime on the printing presses, which saved time, labor and money.

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Meet the New Smart RotoPac Commercial Trash Compactor

commercial trash compactor Smart RotoPac

Designed more than 20 years ago in Europe, the RotoPac was created to offer maximum waste compaction with a minimal footprint. This development was crucial to manufacturing facilities in Europe that were starved for space.

The RotoPac can provide 6-to-1 compaction in a 51-inch by 61-inch space thanks to its unique design: a distributor providing hydraulic power to a drum that is continuously rotated and swept.

The result is a commercial trash compactor designed for both simplicity and longevity, one that applies continuous waste compaction through higher-than-expected torque. It’s what we like to think of as the workhorse of the industrial waste compaction field. (more…)

How a Commercial Trash Compactor Saves Money

Rotopac Commerical Trash Compactor

You’re looking to save money in 2019. You’ve looked at seemingly every aspect of your business. But have you looked in the trash?

Improving your waste management practices can be a valuable way of cutting business costs and one way to do this is by investing in a commercial trash compactor.

Here are five ways installing one of these devices can save you money or even help generate revenue. (more…)

BASF – Case Study

Challenge: Waste material had to be compacted into the company’s government-mandated special hazardous waste bags which were significantly different in design than the polyethylene bags the RotoPac typically uses.
Solution: A custom industrial waste compactor, a RotoPac HazPac was designed and placed.
Result: BASF’s unique requirements were accommodated.

PEMEX – Case Study

Challenge: This state owned gas utility had a requirement for the disposal of trash from an oil platform in the tropics. They had limited space, a punishing environment, need for ease of use, and convenient way of transporting waste from the platform to shore.
Solution: Working with client’s engineering consulting firm, KenBay built the highest quality RotoPacSeaPac made entirely of 316 stainless steel with all valves, wires, controls, etc. sealed.

Cashman Equipment – Case Study

Challenge: Client required two marine environment SeaPac compactors requiring little space on two 2 new floating barges which will house 288 people each.
Solution: Assuming 10 lbs of trash per day for each person, the client determined that only a rotary arm compactor like the RotoPac industrial waste compactor could compact this amount into manageable 4’ cube-bags weighing 650 lbs each.
Result: These compacted bags are easily taped off to be stored until carted away. On a barge this size with this many inhabitants, space is at a premium.

GlaxoSmithKline – Case Study

Challenge: Having an employee hit by a forklift can be a huge unforeseen expense. Luckily it was a small accident that prompted a pharmaceutical giant to bring in 2 RotoPac hazardous and explosive environment waste compactors. Prior to that, gaylords (small boxes) were placed all around the production facility and forklifts constantly drove through the production lines to remove them.
Solution: Placed a RotoPac on the plant floor
Result: A big savings achieved by the safety it provided by reduced forklift traffic. Client is able to compact empty toothpaste boxes instead of staging them which takes up floor space, as well as compacting plastic film so it can be recycled. The RotoPacs eliminate all the bins and staged trash in the loading dock area creating a lot of extra room for unloading and loading trailers.