Businesses can save money with waste compactor

Using a waste compactor to bale recyclable materials such as cardboard and plastic is a better all-round solution than filling bins and skips on a daily basis. Most businesses will […]

Using a waste compactor to bale recyclable materials such as cardboard and plastic is a better all-round solution than filling bins and skips on a daily basis.

Most businesses will install a waste compactor for the same purpose and unless the waste quantities aren’t big enough, there is rarely a reason why a waste compactor cannot be used. Dealing with waste is a necessary overhead in most companies, mainly in terms of cost but also space and time as well. All of these can be kept to a minimum with a waste compactor installed.

Waste management companies charge for bins and skips to be rented and for them to be emptied. This seems logical but there will always be occasions on collection day when a bin may be a quarter full, yet the charge to empty it is exactly the same as a full bin – this is quite simply a waste of money. These collections are also likely to occur on a weekly or fortnightly basis so the costs come thick and fast. By replacing cardboard and plastic bins or skips with a waste compactor, these collections costs disappear.

Replacing these is a regular bale collection from a recycler. Recyclers will either collect these for free or for a very small charge. Cardboard and plastic bales are also a valuable resource for recyclers and so they are often willing to pay cash rebates for high quality bales. Binning these materials makes them worthless; using a waste compactor makes them a money-making asset.

Other benefits

Cost is usually the main reason why businesses choose a waste compactor over bins and skips however there are other benefits too. The first one is being able to create a tidier business by increasing space and removing hefty bins and skips. Most waste compactors have the same footprint as one 1,100-litre wheelie bin, which means they have the flexibility to be placed in the most convenient area possible.

One waste compactor can replace a big skip or multiple bins so the space saving possibilities is obvious. In the place of the bin and skip area, a staff or customer seating area could be created or even an outdoor furniture storage area. Both bins and skips are eyesores, especially when overflowing, which is common when voluminous cardboard and plastic is involved. Removing them creates a better impression on the public and visitors to the premises.

Secondly, the amount of labour time spent on throwing away waste cardboard and plastic. Both are voluminous and need to be ripped and torn in order to maximise space in bins and skips. This takes time out of the working day.

With a waste compactor, the material can be placed straight inside the machine, without the need for any tearing or flat-packing. As previously mentioned, the waste compactor can be placed in the most convenient location possible, which cuts down the walking time. Add the two time saving jobs together and there could be hours of labour saved every week.

In the modern day it is important for businesses to have impeccable green credentials. Introducing a waste compactor will go a long way to improving these credentials. A waste compactor does not create mess or make it possible for loose materials to be scattered all over the floor; government inspectors would see this as a severe health and safety hazard. With bins and skips this is always a possibility due to the high risk of overflowing.

A waste compactor is also easy and safe to use, which is important so multiple staff members can be trained to use it. The more people able to use the waste compactor, the more efficient the waste handling process can be.

Amy Hallam is the Marketing Manager at QCR.

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