Direct Compactor and Baler has 35 years of experience solving all manner of compaction needs. We want to provide you with the answers to get the most out of your trash compactor and cardboard or plastic baler experience. Below are common questions and answers. If you would like more detail, please give us a call today at (817) 769 – 8340.

With 35 years in the trash compactor and baler business we have established ourselves as the market leader for Sales, Rental, and Repair of compaction equipment. Whatever your use case, we have seen it. Whatever your customization, we can deliver. We do not sell hauling services or any other products other than compaction equipment. With Direct we want to create a customer experience that meets your specific needs. We want to keep you as a happy customer for many years to come.

  • How many times a week does your hauler pick up from your facility? This is the basis for your cost savings. Compaction helps you lower the amount of pick ups required for your solid waste.
  • What volume of trash is being hauled? You may have one open top container being picked up several times a week or you may have several dumpsters. The actual volume helps determine the size and power of the equipment needed.
  • What to do with recyclables? Depending on the volume of recyclables going into your waste stream additional equipment may be required to allow for cardboard box compacting, plastic compacting, densifying, etc.
  • What safety standards are needed to ensure compliant use? You will need to ensure that the installation follows ANSI standards. Fire code can be an issue with chute systems. Maybe you need to make physical accommodations for certain workers. Identifying these needs early in your purchase process can ensure proper quoting and installation.
  • What power source are you using? All compaction equipment will need power. Have you coordinated power to the installation site? Is that power single or three phase power? Have you communicated that to the installation team? This can be a major hiccup for many installations.
  • Have you determined how refuse will be loaded into the compactor? The “hopper“, as we call it, is the part of the machine that the waste is loaded into. Dependent on the use case the need for the hoppers shape and accessibility can affect your usage as well as your costs. Will it be left hand load, right hand load, front load, top load, etc. Location is a primary factor for hopper requirements. Chutes also come into play. Getting this piece right will ensure that the equipment is useable by your team.
  • Where should the compactor go? Location impacts cost. You will need to run power to the installation site. You also need to ensure safety requirements are met. You may need to lay concrete before installation. If you are getting a baler, those tend to operate better long term covered, where a self-contained can be out in the open. Bringing this topic up early can solve a lot of challenges you may not be aware you have.

A Trash Compactor is designed for compacting your general solid waste stream and can contain any solid waste products. There are various kinds of compactors but all of them handle general waste. A Cardboard Compactor, also known as a Cardboard Baler or Plastic Baler, is a specialty piece of equipment for taking recyclables, like cardboard, plastics, etc., out of your waste stream to be picked up by a recycling company. It bales those products into easy to transport squares.

While we would love to promise a steady rate, carboard and plastics are a commodity whose price fluctuates constantly. You will need to check with your recycling hauler on the rate because it changes regularly.

  • Reduction in labor costs
  • Helps with odor coming from trash
  • Controls pests like rats, bugs, etc.
  • Space savings for solid wast
  • Save on insurance premiums
  • Reduces fire hazard from dumpster exposed out in the open
  • Reduces hauling costs as with fewer pick-ups needed
  • Deters employee theft via the open top dumpsters
  • Controls nonemployees from dumping their garbage in your bins
  • Can help decrease the number of trash containers needed at a given location
  • First check that the compactor is empty
  • Make sure all hydraulic hoses are connected
  • Make sure the disconnect is on
  • Make sure that the unit has power
  • Check the breaker
  • Ensure that the Emergency Stop is not engaged
  • Press the reset button on the motor starter
  • If there is a jog remote switch, make sure that the keyswitch is in the “remote” position
  • Check Fuses
  • Ensure the doors/gates are fully closed
  • Check to see if there is a hose leak
  • Check the oil level
  • Ensure the pump shaft is turning
  • Call in a repair technician
  • Identify the source of the leak
    1. Check the Rear Dump Door
    2. Look under the unit
    3. Check the access panels for leakage
    4. Inspect hoses
  • Identify if the fluid is trash liquid waste or hydraulic oil
  • Check the Rear Dump Door and ensure it is tightly closed
  • Call in a repair technician

For more help please give us a call at +1 (817) 769-8340.





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