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Reducing your Waste Costs with Balers and Compactors

Businesses are always asking us how they can reduce their waste costs.  There are options that are not always apparent.  Our first step is to shop prices with haulers, from there we negotiate with the haulers and sometimes even leave the hauler for another.  In some cases cost avoidance includes getting the client to not overfill their dumpster, close the dumpster lids, and to not place non-recyclable material into recycling dumpsters.  Contamination is bad for you, bad for the haulers and bad for the commodity market.

In other cases there are even more options; if you are paying an extraordinarily high price.  There is a new type of compactor that has been around the US for just a few years.  This compactor basically lives inside your business and takes all the air out of your trash and presses that which can be pressed to reduce your trash volume.

Retailers who have really fluffy trash, restaurants who have low to moderate food waste, shoe stores that have so much air in the trash, and convenience stores with large volumes of “airy”  trash would all benefit monetarily if they are paying over $600 a month just for trash.  Imagine a fast food store, Burger King, McDonald’s, Arby’s, and Wendy’s without a compactor those locations will have between 5 and 15 bags of trash per day, equating to an 8-yard dumpster being serviced 2 – 4 days a week.  Imagine being able to compress all of that down to 2 bags a day.

getimageThe power of compression is far reaching.  We call these types of locations Franchise Busters.  Give us a call to learn more about what it means being a Franchise Buster.

Keep in mind, one of the most important steps to reducing cost is by reducing the amount of trash produced.  Less trash will equal fewer pickups, which in turn equals lower prices.

Our inside trash compression system will compress large amounts of mixed waste, in a container, that is then picked up by a trash hauler and taken to a landfill.  With the waste being compressed it takes up less space in the dumpster and less space in the landfills.  Compressors have a 7 – 10:1 ratio, in other words, they will compress 7 – 10 cubic yard down to 1 cubic yard.  We have an Arby’s that had 10 bags of trash a day, taking up lots of dumpster space.  The compression system is so effective that they now use 7 – 8 bags per week, and don’t even fill a 4-yard once a week.

Additional Benefits:

  • Can eliminate dumpster overflows
  • Can decrease size of dumpster and number of weekly pickups, due to trash being compacted so it takes up less space
  • The compacted trash is containerized and can reduce the threat of vermin and rodents around your business
  • Reduce labor costs – employees spend less time worrying about taking out bags of trash and more time focused on the important aspects like assisting customers
  • Creates a cleaner environment for both your customers and your employees
  • Frees up space – most compression units will fit well in a 36 x 36 or so space, depending on the unit
  • Customers no longer have to see the trash being removed
  • Most of the time the compressor will eliminate issues like leaks and spills

Waste Balers

getimage (1)A baler is much like a compactor, but instead of mixed wastes, it condenses recyclable materials such as cardboard, paper, plastic, etc. for reselling to a recycling company.  Balers offer a significant reduction to waste costs by eliminating the amount of waste going to the landfill.

Additional Benefits:

  • Reduction of labor costs
  • Can reduce fire hazards
  • Tend to be less expensive than compactors
  • Less chance of contamination to recyclable materials unlike a typical recycling bin

Types of balers

  • Vertical: A vertical baler is for small to medium volumes of waste and is generally operated by a single person
  • Stockroom: A stockroom baler is a good option for grocery stores, drug stores, shoe stores and other retailers due to its smaller size and manageable bales
  • Horizontal: A horizontal baler is a good for a business that creates large volumes of recyclables, they are MUCH larger than vertical balers

If you are ready to save money on your commercial trash and recycling, give us a call at 1-800-509-5399.  We manage all aspects of your trash so you can manage your business.

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