There is little doubt that the future for waste compactors is bright and their influence on the waste management side of businesses will most certainly grow stronger in the years to come.
Any piece of equipment that is designed to save money, increase efficiency and enhance green credentials will be supremely popular with decision makers – this is precisely what waste compactors aim to achieve.
We are currently undergoing a slow transitional period where businesses are learning that bins are no longer adequate enough for containing waste materials. The only way in which they do a satisfactory job is if the waste is broken down or crushed in some way. Without a waste compactor this takes up labour hours, which businesses would rather not be losing. If businesses decide to enter waste as whole materials this is even more problematic. Recyclables such as cardboard and plastic are particularly voluminous and so take up all the space in a bin, in very little time. This then leads to regular bin lifts, the cost of which are increasing every year. With the government now heavily encouraging recycling, landfill taxes are rising each April. Now is the time to act and install a waste compactor.
Waste compactors act as bin replacements. They are capable of crushing all cardboard and plastic so there is no need for any recycling bins. Depending on volumes, cardboard and plastic can require multiple bins so the space savings with a waste compactor are obvious. Most compactors don’t have a large footprint so they can be situated in a convenient location close the waste source. Bins are nearly always stood adjacent to each other in a designated waste area. This not only takes up a lot of room but due to space constrictions, mess and smell; these bins are usually placed outside. This then requires a member of staff to walk to the bin area each time. This wastes hours of labour, which distracts staff from the jobs they are paid to do.
With a waste compactor installed, green credentials immediately improve. The compacted materials are no longer emptied into a bin lorry and sent off to landfill. Instead, bales of cardboard and plastic are collected by recyclers. This means fewer collections on our roads for these high emitting bin lorries, less waste sent to landfill and more materials being recycled. This is fantastic for the environment and for your business. During health and safety inspections, a waste compactor will show how committed you are to improving your green credentials. As well as doing your bit for the environment, the cost of bale recycling collections is significantly lower than that of bin collections. In fact many recyclers will collect the bales free of charge because baled materials are highly sought after by recyclers – it is like exchanging free gifts, the recycler gets bales and you get your waste taken away for nothing.
The future of waste compactors is certainly a big one. As their popularity grows, we’ll start seeing more waste compactors and fewer bins, which can only be a good thing.