The issue of industrial waste disposal should be an important issue for all of us. After all, improperly disposed of industrial waste can result in hazardous conditions for humans while raising large environmental concerns in regards to both landfill waste management and marine acidification.
Why is it so important? Because it’s a large issue. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Guide for Industrial Waste Management, approximately 7.6 million tons of industrial waste are generated and disposed of.
Currently, using landfills for waste materials is still the most widespread and least expensive method of industrial solid waste disposal in the world. However, it is also a major source of ecological contamination.
Modern landfills have been designed as highly engineered containment systems, designed and developed to minimize the impact of solid waste on the environment and ultimately on human health. That said, they are as of yet incapable of providing a permanent 100% ecological solution. (more…)
Avoid Downtime with Your Industrial Compactor
Every industry needs proper commercial waste disposal systems. One vital piece of equipment for proper waste management is an industrial trash compactor. These marvelous machines compress waste into smaller, easy-to-manage trash compactor bags. To keep your industrial trash compactor running at tip-top shape, routine maintenance is necessary.
Proper trash compactor maintenance is a win-win situation for any facility/warehouse/manufacturing center—where time, money, and safety are at a premium. KenBay produces one of the best commercial trash compactors on the market, and an adequately maintained trash compactor maintenance program will keep the compactor running like new for years.
If a facility is hoping to avoid extended downtime periods due to replacement part procurement or for repair time, a weekly or monthly maintenance program is beneficial. Periodic maintenance is also essential in extending the lifetime of any waste compactor. When facilities perform planned maintenance during non-production hours, the benefits are apparent.
There are a number of determining factors involved when considering upgrading to an industrial trash compactor/commercial waste disposal system. A thorough analysis of your company’s present commercial waste disposal costs will provide the necessary criteria as to the correct time to consider purchasing industrial compaction equipment. Below are a series of questions that provide a starting framework when considering how trash compactor waste removal could benefit your facility:
- Does your company have planned growth that will create more trash?
- What is being spent on commercial waste disposal?
- How high are the monthly person hours spent on collecting waste and removing it from the facility?
- Are cardboard boxes being broken down to save space?
- Are forklifts used for collection and removal of trash? What is their cost? Do they present safety issues?
- Is any of the trash material recyclable? How much?
- Is the company in compliance regarding hazardous material disposal?
- How much of the waste is wet material that may cause odors?
KenBay’s commercial trash compactor models have been the leading choice for waste compaction for many years. Whether you’re looking for a commercial garbage compactor for an oil rig, a stainless steel model designed to the rigid specifications of the food industry, a compactor that can withstand hazardous materials or explosives, or one merely to handle your facility’s general waste or recycling concerns, KenBay compactors can do the job.
Industrial waste disposal is an important focus at most large production facilities, which affects a company’s bottom line and creates a need for innovative waste disposal solutions. KenBay has a long history of providing the best commercial trash compactors for the job, improving trash removal operations for many international organizations. Here are some case study highlights:
Trash Compactor Safety
When it comes to industrial trash compactors, safety is a top priority. Purchasing a compactor with high safety ratings provides two primary benefits. First, it provides potential savings on insurance and personal injury claims, and second, it can reduce plant downtime.
Trash Compactor Safety Requirements By OSHA Standards
OSHA General Industry Standard guidelines are to be followed for the proper maintenance of any industrial waste compactor.
Each authorized employee needs to receive the necessary training in a number of different disciplines. There are three disciplines employees should train in.
- the recognition of applicable hazardous energy sources
- the type and magnitude of the energy available in the workplace
- the methods and means necessary for energy isolation and control
The KenBay RotoPac industrial waste compactor was designed with all of these disciplines in mind. It is considered one of the best commercial trash compactors on the market. Companies prefer the KenBay model due to its prominently placed isolator switch as well as other safety mechanisms inimical to its design.
Using OSHA metrics, KenBay works diligently to meet standard trash compactor safety requirements
Buying a trash compactor for your business is an important investment. Most companies will research compactors for sale before they sign on the dotted line.
Realizing an acceptable return on your investment (ROI) depends on selecting the best trash compactor for your facility’s specific needs. With the right compactor for the job, your company can see an ROI in one to two years.
There are two primary factors that affect trash compactor cost savings. They include:
- The process of collecting compacted waste and placing it into the compactor.
- The cost associated with hauling waste to landfill, waste-to-energy (WtE), or recycling locations.
When improperly disposed of, industrial and other waste materials can have a huge impact on the environment, and they can be hazardous to anyone who may come into contact with them.
So using proper waste management protocols is not only responsible but is essential in reducing these types of negative impacts.
And for many businesses, that means using a commercial trash compactor.
What Is the Zero Landfill Initiative?
The Zero Landfill Initiative is a comprehensive attempt by local and international nonprofit organizations to turn landfill waste materials into sustainable energy. This initiative is designed to help facilitate businesses, communities, and international enterprises to reclaim landfill space and redirect these areas toward creating more sustainable work and living spaces. Resource waste material recovery is modeled on the worldwide effort to provide the highest standard of living for countries and communities grappling with their volume of waste production and landfill concerns.
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 understanding 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 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 compactor size you’ll need due to the waste stream 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 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.