Like all recycling equipment, a can crusher aims to cut waste costs, reduce labour hours and lower bin numbers for businesses.
The most common waste cans businesses produce are food, paint and oil cans. Many boat manufacturers and other marine manufacturers commonly produce hazardous waste cans as they use a huge amount of paint when designing the vessels. Many food ingredients are contained in large cans and so many food producers are left with heaps of voluminous waste cans. Businesses in the automotive and aerospace sectors often use lots of oil cans when manufacturing and maintaining cars and aeroplanes.
When empty, all of these cans leave behind residue, which also needs to be disposed of when a can crusher presses the waste cans. A filter system is in place to help with this. The liquid is drained into a collection drum under the can crusher, keeping the machine clean.
A can crusher will crush cans or drums up to 30 litres in size. Can waste volumes will be reduced at a ratio of 5:1, resulting in bins filling up at a slower rate. This then results in fewer bin collections, which cuts waste costs. It is really is a superb domino effect.
With fewer bins on site, costs are significantly lowered, substantial space is saved and labour hours can be saved on handling waste cans. Less visits from an expensive waste management business is a major positive with a can crusher. This is not only expensive but sending this waste to landfill is not environmentally friendly. The tax on landfill is growing every year and so the cost gets passed on to the final customer with the bins. It makes sense to decrease bin numbers to avoid getting hit with these rising costs year-on-year.
If you are having bins of cans collected on a weekly or fortnightly basis, the chances are on more than one occasion you will have paid to have a half empty bin lifted. The cost will be exactly the same as a full bin so you are being charged for fresh air to be emptied, which is quite simply a waste of money.
If cans have to be manually crushed by staff then this takes time out of the working day. Containing cans in bins also takes time. This requires a staff member walking to the bin area each time. Bins are often situated away from the working area due to their size. A can crusher has a small footprint and so it can be located close to the waste source, meaning no walking and valuable time saved.
It is simple to arrange collections for crushed cans from a scrap metal recycler, who will not charge anywhere near as much as a waste management company. This is also a much greener way of handling waste cans as the material is recycled rather than sent to a landfill pit. During health and safety inspections, having this system in place will be sure to impress the inspector.
Now is the time to install a can crusher if your business is producing voluminous waste cans. Save yourself money and gain space and time, it could not be simpler.