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Waste Compactor Machine Hire

Having enough storage space is a big waste management challenge for many businesses. Reducing the volume of waste helps organisations store all sorts of rubbish more efficiently onsite before collection. It enables less frequent waste collection, which helps your company save money and lowers your carbon footprint.

A waste compactor machine provides the perfect solution by crushing large volumes of waste to reduce the required storage space. Waste compactors are ideal for businesses that produce high volumes of rubbish regularly. They can compress recycling, general waste, and garden waste. Find the right waste compactor that works for you.

Arrange waste compactor hire anywhere in the UK with Business Waste on a schedule that suits your needs and budget. Our friendly experts can help and advise you to ensure you hire the right waste compactor for you. Call 0800 211 8390 or contact us online today for a free quote.

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What is a 
waste compactor?

A waste compactor is a machine that compresses rubbish to reduce the volume of waste material. A hydraulic metal ram pushes the waste together, which reduces its surface area. This creates a smaller volume of waste, which is easier to manage, recycle, and needs fewer waste collections.

Commercial waste compactors work similarly to domestic trash compactors but on a larger scale. They also work like balers except they can handle a wider range of waste types and, while the rubbish is compressed together, it’s not turned into a bale.

Waste is first placed in a chamber. When the waste compactor machine is switched on it activates the ramming process. The machine uses a hydraulic metal ram to crush waste, usually from above, to reduce its surface area. Once the compacting process has finished the machine is turned off and a removable container is emptied of the compacted waste.

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What can you put in 
a waste compactor?

You can put general waste, non-recyclable rubbish, and dry mixed waste in a waste compactor. Unlike balers, which compress individual recycling streams, all sorts of rubbish can be put in a compactor. Initially, they were used to crush rubbish to reduce the amount of landfill space it would use.

However, many modern commercial waste compactors can also be used to compact recyclable rubbish. They’re smaller than balers, which provides a convenient alternative for businesses that produce fewer amounts of waste but still want to reduce its volume to save storage space, collection frequencies, and costs. This includes lightweight active waste such as:

Benefits of using 
a waste compactor

There are many benefits of using a waste compactor for businesses of any shape, size, and industry. The main benefits of using waste compactors are to:

  • Reduce waste volume – effectively squash waste together, making it more compact and ensuring you need fewer bins and containers for storage.
  • Save space – lower volumes of waste mean less space is needed on your premises to store your waste. Compactors require some floor space but much less than to store the volume of waste you’d otherwise have.
  • Lower waste collection costs – less volumes of waste and required storage space means you can keep more rubbish on your premises for longer. This reduces the frequency of waste collections needed and associated costs. You might switch from daily to weekly, or weekly to fortnightly collections.
  • Improve health and safety – compacting waste reduces the volume present on your premises, minimising the risk of accidents such as trips, slips, and falls. It also reduces the risk of theft and damage caused by excess waste.
  • Help the environment – fewer waste collections mean less fuel used, reducing the carbon emissions released that can negatively affect the environment. Waste compactors also help businesses better separate waste streams and improve recycling rates.

Hiring a waste compactor

Hiring a waste compactor can be a much more convenient and cost-effective choice compared to buying one. It’s a safer option for businesses of all shapes, sizes, and industries with various waste types, especially if you’ve not used one before. And should you find renting a waste compactor works well, you can always buy one in the future.

Benefits of waste compactor rental:

  • No upfront costs – if you buy a compactor you’ll have to pay for it outright or a big amount on a deposit, plus cover delivery and installation fees. Hiring a waste compactor avoids any large upfront spending and spreads the cost out over the contract period.
  • Flexible rental terms – you can arrange a rental period and terms that suit your business, whether you need a waste compactor for a few weeks to deal with a big project or longer. Choose a commitment that suits your needs and budget.
  • Modern waste compactors – waste compactors improve as technology advances and leasing a compactor ensures you get to use some of the most energy-efficient and cost-effective machines.
  • Maintenance and repairs included – most waste compactor rental agreements cover maintenance and repairs (including the costs). This makes budgeting easier and can reduce downtime if there’s an issue with your compactor.
  • Upgrade – at the end of an agreement you might have the opportunity to upgrade to use a different compactor. This is ideal if you need to scale up or down your waste compacting to use a bigger or smaller machine. Plus, it means you can upgrade to use even newer machinery.
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Why choose waste compactor hire 
from Business Waste?

Hire a compactor with Business Waste. Our nationwide network helps you find the right size and type of waste compactor anywhere in the UK. Whether you want a general waste compactor or one for recyclable rubbish, we’ll help you get the best solution that suits your waste management and budget needs.

Simply tell us the kind of waste compactor machine you’re looking to hire (or the type and volume of waste you produce if you’re unsure). Along with details about how long you want to rent a compactor for and where you’re based in the UK, our experts can advise on the best options.

Get a free compactor hire quote

As an experienced waste management broker, we’ll compare prices and services from our many trusted suppliers across the country. Then we’ll provide you with a free no obligation quote for waste compactor rental. If you decide to go ahead we can book delivery and arrange waste collections on a schedule that suits you.

At Business Waste we’ve helped more than 16,000 UK businesses with their waste management needs. This includes arranging waste compactor hire and supplying a wide range of other bins and waste containers to ensure smooth and cost-effective waste management across many industries. Our friendly and expert customer service team are on hand to help and answer any questions about compactor hire.

How waste compactor 
hire works

To arrange waste compactor hire, follow these steps:

  • Call 0800 211 8390 or contact us online for a free no obligation quote for waste compactor rental. We’ll ask for details about the type of machine you want, where you’re based, how long you need to use it, and when you want the rental to start.
  • Our friendly and expert team can answer any questions and advise on the best option for your business based on your needs. We can also conduct a waste audit or site survey if required. They may even suggest using a baler or other waste containers if it’s more appropriate.
  • We’ll provide a free quote and outline the rental agreement for your chosen waste compactor. If you’re happy with the price and details then we’ll arrange delivery of the waste compactor at an agreed time and date.
  • Ensure your yard, warehouse, or bin area where the compactor will be placed is clear with enough space ahead of delivery.
  • The compactor will be delivered and installed by a team of professionals. They’ll provide the instruction manual and any relevant training if agreed in advance.
  • Start compacting your waste and arrange collection by our licensed waste carriers on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly
  • When the waste compactor rental nears its end we’ll be in touch to see if you want to extend, change, or upgrade your contract (if you’ve not been in contact before). A team of professionals will remove the compactor after your rental agreement ends if you decide to upgrade or no longer need one.

Get a free quote for waste compactor hire today. Complete the below form, contact us online or call 0800 211 8390. Speak to one of our friendly team if you have any questions about waste compactor hire, so we can help ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

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  • How does a waste compactor work?

    A waste compactor uses a hydraulic metal ram to crush waste, reducing its surface area. Compactors typically work similarly to a baler with most rams pushing downwards to stick waste together. You load the chamber before turning it on to activate the ramming process. The compacted waste ends up in a removable container.

    However, the result differs from a baler as the waste is compressed but it doesn’t produce a bale in the same way a baler does. This is because lots of waste produced by a compactor goes to landfill rather than onwards for further processing.

  • What are the benefits of using a waste compactor?

    The benefits of using a waste compactor are:

    • Cut waste collection costs and frequencies with less waste that needs removing from your business.
    • Save space to store waste before it’s removed from your premises.
    • Improve health and safety with less volume of waste minimising the chance of accidents and fires.
    • Help the environment by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and fuel used to transport your waste with fewer collections.
    • Keep your premises clean to create a better workplace environment and impress visitors, clients, and suppliers.
  • What types of waste can be compacted?

    All sorts of waste can be compacted. They were initially designed for use with general waste to reduce how much space it takes up in landfill. Today you can use a compactor machine to reduce the volume of many kinds of dry mixed waste, including recycling. Some of the common waste types you can put in a compactor are:

    You should not use a waste compactor with any liquid, electrical, heavy metals, soil, nappy, or pet waste. Instead, find a relevant waste container to store such refuse.

  • How much space can a waste compactor save?

    How much space a waste compactor saves depends on the type and amount of rubbish you have. Compacting general waste can save about 75% of space otherwise needed to store it. Using cardboard compactors may save up to 90% of space by reducing its volume. Some waste types are easier to compact and reduce in volume than others.

  • How much money can be saved by using a waste compactor?

    How much money you can save using a waste compactor depends on the amount and type of waste you produce that needs compacting. As a waste compactor reduces the volume of the rubbish by around 75% it can mean you need 75% fewer waste collections. This could help your business cut waste collection costs by two-thirds.

  • What are the environmental benefits of using a waste compactor?

    The main environmental benefit of using a waste compactor is that by reducing the volume of waste it means fewer collections are needed. Fewer waste removals to take rubbish to a recycling centre, anaerobic digestion plant, or landfill means less fuel is used. This ensures fewer greenhouse gas emissions are released.

    Using a waste compactor also minimises the volume of waste that ends up in landfill. It can help businesses properly separate waste to ensure as much as possible is recycled by compacting it together.

  • Can a waste compactor handle hazardous waste?

    You can’t put hazardous waste in most waste compactors, as the majority are designed for dry mixed waste. However, there are specific hazardous waste compactors available. These are designed to compact contaminated rubbish. Many work by placing a barrel of hazardous waste into a special compactor, which squashes it down from the top.

    This compacts the hazardous waste within the barrel for easy and safe removal. Only solid hazardous waste can be compacted though, no liquid waste. Call 0800 211 8390 or contact us online to discuss using a hazardous waste compactor.

  • What are the different types of waste compactors?

    There are a few different types of waste compactors available to use, which include:

    • Static compactors – Designed for manufacturing facilities, static compactors are bolted in place and are perfect for churning through high volumes of dry and bulky waste. Static compactors typically have chambers ranging between a 1 and 4 cubic yard capacity. Static compactors are simple to empty by removing and swapping out the skip.
    • Vertical compactors – Vertical compactors squash waste down from above into a removable container, where it can be transported from the compactor safely and securely. The liquid inside the compactor is held there until the container is removed, making waste disposal mess and hassle-free.
    • Apartment compactors or twin compactors – This type of waste disposal unit is designed to save space and money, as you don’t need two separate machines. It increases production by offering two apartments. Where you have twin waste streams (run separately, not at the same time or into the same bale) each waste stream has access to its own chute leading to the single compactor. It’s slightly smaller than the traditional vertical compactor, as the apartment compactor is around 2 cubic yards in size, allowing for multiple compactors to be held at any one time.
    • Portable compactors – Some compactors are designed to be fully portable, such as skips with compaction built in. This type of waste disposal is usually managed by an external firm, which will remove the unit entirely to empty it offsite.
  • How often should a waste compactor be emptied?

    A waste compactor should be emptied when full. This depends on how much waste you produce and put into the compactor regularly. Some businesses may store up waste before placing it in a compactor, while others might put it in the compactor as waste is generated.

    Once the waste compactor is full it must be emptied before you can use it again. When the hydraulics reach absolute pressure it activates a pressure switch. This indicates to the programmable logic controller (PLC) that the compactor is full and that you need to empty it.

  • What maintenance is required for a waste compactor?

    Regular maintenance is required for a waste compactor to ensure it operates safely and effectively:

    • Check the hydraulic oil reservoir level, as well as for any leaks or damage to the hydraulic hoses Repair and replace if required.
    • Inspect and clean the power unit to provide a clean airflow around the unit. Wipe grease, dust, and dirt off the control box’s exterior.
    • Ensure all safety guards and access covers are secure and in the right place and condition before turning on the compactor.
    • Every month grease the lower door hinges and lock assembly and check all nuts and bolts.
    • Change the oil filter after the first 50 hours of operation, and then after every 250 hours of use.
    • A licensed electrician should inspect the electrical system once a year to ensure everything works and to prevent failures and breakdowns.
    • Annual maintenance should also include draining and refilling the reservoir with high-quality all-weather hydraulic fluid and checking hoses and connections.
  • Can a waste compactor be rented or leased?

    You can rent or lease a waste compactor rather than buying one. Waste compactor rental is a popular choice for many businesses as there are no upfront costs. It also provides a flexible option if you only need a compactor for a limited amount of time.

    At Business Waste we can provide a free quote for waste compactor rental and leasing anywhere in the UK. Call 0800 211 8390 or contact us online for your free quote today.

  • How much does it cost to hire a waste compactor?

    A compactor hire price varies depending on a range of factors. The type and size of waste compactor you need, how long you want to rent it for, and where in the UK you’re based are the main elements that affect a compactor hire price. Generally, hiring a compactor is more cost-effective than buying one.

    The easiest way to see how much it costs to hire a waste compactor is to apply for a free no obligation quote with Business Waste. Call 0800 211 8390 or contact us online for a price that’s tailored to your needs.

  • What is included in waste compactor hire?

    Most waste compactor hire includes:

    • Delivery and installation of the waste compactor
    • Compactor maintenance and repairs
    • Ongoing support and a dedicated customer service team
    • Staff training to use the compactor
    • Removal of the waste compactor at the end of your hire period

    Some waste compactor hire agreements may include additional services. At Business Waste, we can also arrange the collection and disposal of your compacted waste. Call 0800 211 8390 or contact us online to add this to your waste compactor hire service.

  • How long can a waste compactor be rented for?

    You can rent a waste compactor for anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of years. Waste compactor hire agreements can vary greatly in length, with some companies offering fixed periods while others provide flexible terms. The length of your waste compactor rental may affect the price and conditions.

    If you only need a compactor for a couple of months it may work out more expensive per week than if you hire one for a year, for example. However, renting a waste compactor is often a more cost-effective choice for many businesses compared to buying one outright.

  • Can waste compactors be used in residential areas?

    Waste compactors can be used in most residential areas. They can be quite loud, depending on their size and the waste being compacted. Therefore, you should be considerate if using a compactor in a residential area. Also, check any restrictions as the use of a compactor in a residential area varies by location.

  • What safety measures are required when using a waste compactor?

    Important safety measures required to use a waste compactor:

    • Wear appropriate safety gear, such as gloves, goggles, earplugs, hard hats, and steel-toe boots when using a waste compactor.
    • Follow all safety instructions in the operating manual of the waste compactor.
    • Check the compactor for any leaks, damage, and tags or marks by maintenance that indicate repairs required before turning on the machine.
    • Ensure all waste compactor safety equipment and guards are in place.
    • Only turn on and use the compactor if you’re properly trained and comfortable.
    • Never try to fix the waste compactor unless fully trained. If there are any problems, stop operating the machine and report the issue to the appropriate person.
    • Do not climb inside or insert a hand, arm, or leg into the compactor to fix a blockage, jam, or another issue.
    • Power down and leave the waste compactor turned off when not in use.
  • Can a waste compactor be used for recycling materials?

    A waste compactor can be used to crush recycling materials together and reduce its volume. You can put cardboard, paper, some plastics, aluminium, and other recycling in a waste compactor. Separate recycling materials into individual streams before putting them in a waste compactor so they can be recycled after being compacted.

  • How much noise does a waste compactor make?

    The noise a waste compactor makes varies depending on its size, type, and specific model, as well as the waste being compacted. Heavier waste types can be louder to compact compared to lighter waste streams. The placement of your waste compactor may also affect how loud it sounds.

    All waste compactors should include the decibel level of the machine in their product information. Check this to see how much noise you can expect from a waste compactor.

  • What is the process for returning a waste compactor after the rental period ends?

    We’ll be in touch before your rental period for a waste compactor ends to see what you want to do. You might want to extend the rental, upgrade to a different compactor, switch to a bigger or smaller machine, or just return the machine. We can discuss the options and advise on the available options.

    After the rental period for your waste compactor ends a professional team will come and remove the machine. We’ll help arrange a time and date. You’ll need to ensure the compactor is accessible (remove anything in the way for its removal) and in good condition.

    The team will come to your site and expertly remove the waste compactor. They’ll need space to park on your site and a clear pathway for removal, which should be possible as they managed to install it initially. Once it’s removed they’ll be in touch if there are any issues or further steps required.

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