While it may not be the very first appliance that you rush out to buy when upgrading a commercial kitchen, waste compactors should never be disregarded as an unnecessary accessory (try saying that ten times fast!).
In fact, if used regularly and to their full potential, waste compactors can be a really handy addition to a commercial kitchen environment, whether that be a restaurant or a canteen in a larger industrial unit.
Firstly, it can be an extremely frustrating job having to carry bin bags through a commercial kitchen that must maintain cleanliness at all times. The unwelcome stench of food waste, the inevitable drops of liquid that spill from the waste bags can make the entire experience a nightmare. With a waste compactor, you are essentially reducing the number of times that this trip has to be taken dramatically.
Waste compactors do exactly what their name suggests; they accumulate the waste and compress it so users are able to store a large amount of rubbish in a small compartment. Usually, waste compactors suitable for commercial kitchens can be installed to fit underneath counter tops and the compacting process is activated manually using a small button. It is incomparably easy to use and does not take up any excess room in what is bound to be a busy commercial kitchen.
While waste compactors can save a great deal of space in both indoor and outdoor waste bins, there are some issues that you may need to be aware of before deciding to purchase one of these machines for a commercial kitchen.
Firstly, a brand-new waste compactor can be an expensive addition to a commercial kitchen. While some basic models can be purchased for as little as £180, some of the more advanced models that are guaranteed to last for a considerable amount of time may be priced at over £1000. Unfortunately, with the amount of waste coming out of a commercial kitchen, you would be inevitably looking at the higher end of this price scale. However, while the initial cost may seem excessive, the amount of time-saving that having a waste compactor offers, may outweigh the financial expense.
It is also worth noting that waste compactor bags are extremely heavy when full. Essentially, all of the waste from up to a dozen bags has been compressed but will still weigh the same. If you feel that staff will not have the physical capabilities to remove the bags from the kitchens to an exterior waste bin, then it may not be worth the purchase. Alternatively, if you are having problems with the heavy waste load, try not to fill the unit up to capacity; instead use the compactor to 50% of its capacity and remove accordingly. Perhaps empty the waste compactor after every busy meal shift.