What is a compactor?
Compacting machines are designed to simply crush waste material into a smaller volume. Compactors are typically used to crush mixed waste into bins, ready for removal.
Compactors are a great choice for businesses that don’t produce a large amount of waste or produce waste of different varieties. They’re designed to minimise the volume of mixed waste, to make disposal quicker and easier.
How does a waste compactor work?
A compactor uses a hydraulic metal ram to crush waste, reducing its surface area. Compactors typically work very similarly to a baler, in terms of loading a chamber before turning on to activate the ramming process, but the end result differs in terms of not producing a bale in the same way a baler does. This is due to the waste produced by a compactor going to landfill rather than onwards for further processing.
What are the different types of waste 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 1 and 4 cubic yard capacity. Static compactors are simple to empty by removing and swapping out the skip.
Image – A large static compactor we installed for a super client
Vertical compactors squash waste down into a removable container, where it can be transported from the compactor safely and securely.
The liquid held 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 be space-saving and cost-saving as you don’t need 2 separate machines which leads to increased production by offering 2 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. Slightly smaller than the traditional vertical compactor, the apartment compactor is around 2 cubic yards in size, allowing for multiple compactors to be held at any one time.
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, who will remove the unit entirely to empty it off-site.
What are the different waste types a compactor can be used for?
Unlike balers, compactors are designed to crush pretty much any type of waste material, whether sorted or not. If your organisation does not have a sorting facility, a compactor is an excellent option as it is designed specifically to crush just about anything you put in it! Cardboard, plastic, metal, garden waste, paper and aluminium are just some of the types of waste a compactor can be used for.