by Direct Compactor | 27 Sep,2021

Commercial waste management is one of the essential elements of any operation. However, simply disposing of the waste is not enough. Effectively managing and recycling eligible materials is crucial to the sustainability of the environment and preserving the surroundings. Trash compactors and balers are tools designed precisely for this purpose. In this article, we answer some trash compactors FAQs that you might have. 

Trash Compactor FAQS – Everything You Need To Know

You have questions; we have answers! Let’s go through some of the most popular trash compactors’ FAQs before you decide to invest.

What Is the Difference Between a Trash Compactor and Baler?

Trash compactors and balers are essentially designed to serve the same purpose, i.e., condensing large masses of waste into smaller parcels so that they take up less space. So overall, they are basically the same type of device, but there are a few differences. 

Some trash compactors are designed to handle organic waste, but balers do not have this capability. As a result, compactors are mainly used to process unsorted waste, while balers are used for sorted waste. Compactors compress general waste into large receiver boxes that can be hauled away. A baler takes recyclables, like cardboard and plastic, and compresses them into a cube.  That cubed bale is then sent to a recycler for processing so the material can be reused. This also means that waste from compactors generally goes to landfills. 

What Are Some of the Benefits of a Compactor or Baler?

Waste that has been baled takes up less room in a dumpster or container. After waste processing, vertical balers provide consistent bundle size and shape. Traditional waste hauling is more expensive than baling. Vertical balers can generate cash by reducing the volume of recyclables. Vertical balers are particularly effective with cardboard and paper.  Those raw recyclables have a value that your recycling hauler is likely to pay you for. 

Additionally, you’ll see a reduction in labor costs and a reduction in the odor that comes with traditional open-top containers. The main benefit that most businesses see are fewer rats, bugs, and pests that are costly to remove and annoying to deal with.

You might even save on insurance premiums, as you’re saving space and reducing fire hazards from dumpsters being exposed. As we already mentioned, trash compactors help you save money because they reduce the number of pick-ups you need, so your hauling fees go way down. Additionally, using trash compactors deters the theft you get with open-top dumpsters.

How Is It More Beneficial to Rent a Compactor or Baler Instead of Buying One?

Balers and compactors are both expensive pieces of machinery. Unless a person owns a company that processes waste or generates significant amounts of it, the purchase of such equipment is not justified. Prices for these machines can range between $10,000 and $2,000,000 when you include the overhead costs and a host of essential peripheries for them as well. This makes buying a compactor or baler a waste of resources unless the company can justify the price of purchasing and maintaining them.   Installation costs can range from thousands to tens of thousands of dollars.  Repairs will likely be in the thousands as well.  With a small monthly rental fee the install and all future maintenance are handled for you by professionals at no additional cost.  

What Should I Look for in a Reliable Compactor Rental Service?

As simple as it may sound, trash compacting and baling are anything but. When renting service for the purpose, customers must go over the company’s reputation, the model and usage history of the equipment they provide, customer reviews, and last but not least, the commitment with which the organization deals with its clients. Positive answers to these questions can provide a relatively strong idea about a company’s footing and quality of service. Your decision comes down to two primary factors.  The first being cost, what is your total out of pocket annually (this should include service and maintenance)? The second is what is your potential down time?  If you can be confident that the company you are renting from is knowledgeable and responsive then they are more likely to be responsive in a crisis.

What Are Some Of The Questions I Should Ask Before Purchasing Compaction Equipment?

Let’s dive into a few questions you should ask yourself before you purchase a compactor or baler.

How many times a week does your hauler pick up trash from your facility?

Knowing this is the basis of your cost savings, as compaction helps you lower the number of pickups required for your solid waste.

What volume of trash is being hauled?

Do you have a large amount of trash that is required to be picked up often? Maybe you have several dumpsters or have to schedule a pickup multiple times a week? The actual volume of waste you’re going through will help you determine the size and power of the equipment needed. 

Where Should I Put My Compactor?

We’ll be the first to tell you that location will impact your monthly costs. You need power at the installation site, and you’ll also have to account for safety requirements. While balers tend to operate better when covered, while self-contained equipment can be out in the open. Consider this early on to save yourself some challenges and costs later on.

Why Choose Direct Compactor and Baler?

Direct Compactor and Baler have over 35 years of experience in the trash compactor and baler business. We pride ourselves on being leaders for sales, rentals, and repair of compaction equipment. Whatever questions you have, whatever customization needs you require – we can deliver. Let us help you create an experience that meets your specific needs.

Trash compacting and baling is undoubtedly an arduous but necessary task. Without proper waste management, companies can pose potential threats to the environment. This is unacceptable. So, if you are looking to manage your waste effectively, you need to rent a compactor baler today. 

If there are any more questions that you would like to ask, please feel free to reach out to us at the earliest.  If you are looking for a trash compactor rental, please visit the Direct Compactors website for more information.

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