Every business produces waste but the waste types and quantities will determine whether it’s worth having a waste compactor.
A waste compactor is essentially a tool to crush empty cardboard boxes and soft plastic packaging. These are very common recyclable waste types used by businesses all over the world for protecting goods. Once used however, cardboard and plastic are worthless to businesses. It’s easy enough to throw them in a bin and forget all about it but being aware of the problems this can cause is vital for businesses. It is important to be aware of an alternative recycling waste method – one that is cheaper, more efficient and greener. This method involves using a waste compactor for baling all waste cardboard and plastic.
Essentially any business that produces enough recyclable waste can use a waste compactor. Below is a list of business sectors, which commonly use a waste compactor:
- Distribution centres
- Garden centres
- Construction sites
- Car garages
- Care homes
Waste compactors are manufactured in different sizes to suit all of these business types and more. A restaurant is going to require a small waste compactor as the boxes that arrive aren’t going to be too large. A small baler would also suit due to space constraints. A manufacturer with a warehouse is the opposite; parts are likely to be delivered in larger boxes, which would require a larger compactor with a deeper chamber. A warehouse will also have the space for a big waste compactor.
All businesses that are ideally suited to a waste compactor install them for three key reasons:
- To save money
- To save space
- To save time
Money is easily saved with a waste compactor as it replaces expensive and inefficient recycling bins. These bins require regular collections as the voluminous nature of cardboard and plastic make bins full very quickly. Waste management companies charge for each collection and these are continuing to rise because landfill tax is increasing every year. With a waste compactor, all the materials are baled and therefore are liable for recycling collections. Baled cardboard and plastic is valuable to recyclers who will collect bales for a small fee or in most cases for free.
Recycling bins take up more space than a waste compactor, which has the equivalent footprint of one recycling bin. This is ideal for smaller businesses, which have to use bins in tight areas. Removing these allows more freedom to move around and to utilise the new space for more storage or seating.
Time can be saved in two areas. Firstly there is no need to continue flat-packing cardboard as a waste compactor can handle whole boxes. Time spent tearing cardboard to make more room in bins is tedious and a distraction from the job itself. Secondly, waste compactors are flexible enough to be placed as close to the waste source as possible, meaning time consuming walks to the bin area can be heavily reduced.
A waste compactor is appropriate for any business producing enough cardboard and plastic. It is the much more efficient and modern alternative to outdated recycling bins and should be considered by any business that is spending money on waste collections.