Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why should I invest in, or even consider, a trash compactor?
By investing in a trash compactor, your facility will benefit from lower hauling costs and everyone can benefit from the reduced environmental footprint your facility creates.
2. What are some of the associated benefits from trash compaction?
Reduced Collection Costs
Reduced Labor Costs
Reduced Insect Problems
Eliminates Wind-Blown Debris
Reduces Fire Hazards
Saves Exterior Space
Saves Interior Space
Prevents Unauthorized Access & Disposal
Liquid Waste Control
3. What types of materials can be processed in a trash compactor?
Depending on the type of equipment you choose, virtually any type of material can be processed. A stationary compactor is best suited for dry materials, whereas a self-contained compactor can process wet / mixed waste without leaks.
4. What questions should I ask before purchasing equipment?
You may want to take some time to consider exactly what you will be using the compactor to process. Upon determining your usage, you may consider the following questions:
- How much material can be processed per day?
- What is the largest size box or object the equipment can handle?
- What type of power source will I need?
- Are there any options for having the equipment installed?
5. Once the equipment has been installed, do you provide training?
Yes, we include training with whomever is onsite at the time of installation. We believe that, in order to fully understand the equipment’s capabilities, we are obligated to ensure that you and your staff know how to safely and properly operate all of the machine functions.
6. Why invest in a baler?
A baler is the best method for collecting most materials to be recycled. Recycling centers typically prefer baled material, and will typically return a better price to you on materials that are baled. Baling and recycling of materials is becoming more and more popular due to the environmental impact that expanding landfills cause. Balers also provide a safer and more hygienic workplace by reducing the amount of storage area needed for recyclable materials.
7. I’ve never heard of a baler before. Are there other names for that type of equipment?
- Waste Baler
- Baling Press
- Vertical Baler
- Horizontal Baler
- Paper Compactor
- Down Stroke Baler
8. How do I know which baler is best for my facility?
We suggest contacting a member of our sales team to set up a waste audit, so we can determine the best fit equipment for individual facility needs. Click here to send us an email or dial 803-755-0075.
9. How do I ensure my baler is safe to use?
o ensure your baler is safe to operate, we recommend that anyone using the equipment be properly trained and well-versed in the owner’s manual. We also recommend pre-shift inspections be completed by operators when their shift begins. If your manual is lost or damaged, or if you’d like a safety audit for your equipment, please click here to contact us.
10. My equipment is not working. Who should I contact?
You should contact us as soon as possible. Dial 803-755-0075 or use this form to send us an email.
11. When should I consider purchasing a horizontal baler versus a standard vertical baler?
A horizontal baler should be considered when paper, cardboard and other recyclable materials exceed quantities over approximately 150 tons in a month. There are many factors when buying a horizontal baler such as loading options, tying options, max tonnage, throughput needed and material type.
12. Can I use my balers outside?
It is recommended that the equipment be installed indoors or in a covered area, as doing so will increase the life of the machine.
13. When installing a compactor or baler, what power supply do I need?
The preferred power supply for all equipment is three phase, however most compactors and vertical balers can utilize single phase power if necessary. Larger machines, including all horizontal balers, will require a three-phase connection.
14. What is the difference between a waste compactor and a baler?
Typically, waste compactors are used to compress a large amount of mixed waste into a contained area that is then collected by your waste hauler. This means that the waste does not need to be sorted by the business. It also means a higher chance of contaminating materials that could be recycled, like cardboard or plastics, rendering them unrecyclable.
Balers are used by businesses to compress valuable recyclable materials into manageable bales that can be stacked and stored for transport to recycling facilities. By removing these materials from the waste stream, businesses can cut down the cost of their waste disposal and lower their carbon footprint.
15. I need more information or my question wasn’t listed here.
Please contact us. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding equipment, parts, or service. Call us at 803-755-0075 or use this form to send us an email.
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