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.

Good Food – Case Study

Challenge: Client was having a problem with counterfeiters reusing their unused printed candy wrappers.
Solution: The installation of two RotoPacs commercial trash compactors in their facility.
Result: Ensured that the valuable wrappers would be destroyed and unusable.