Are you looking for a new installation to replace regular dumpsters or do you have an existing compactor?
If you already have a compactor, then by analyzing it our team can determine how to improve your operational efficiency
and what equipment can get you there.
On the other hand, if you are using dumpsters and now you’re considering getting a compactor then we can evaluate the volume of waste produced and calculate your potential ROI based on haulage costs, reduced volume, and other factors.
Using Smart Technology to Draw Maximum Benefits from Waste and Recycling Equipment
Smart technology can be your eyes and ears when it comes to waste and recycling equipment. Many compactors and balers aren’t checked often, so having 24/7 monitoring can bring huge improvements in efficiency and lower downtime. Monitoring equipment manually is unrealistic and will negate any benefits from doing so – that’s where technology comes in. By using a sophisticated system of sensors, smart technology can keep an eye on your compactor 24/7 and report it to the waste equipment management company that you work with.
Even when you do identify a malfunctioning compactor it isn’t always easy to detect what is wrong. Some smart systems can send alerts with specific codes that identify the type and origin of a malfunction to the service center. These alerts help the service dispatcher guide you through the repair process over the phone – minimizing the need for costly service calls.
Not all malfunctions can be fixed over the phone; and in many cases a technician needs to be dispatched. However, sometimes there is a quick fix, and smart technology can help you identify such instances.
What happens to your waste and recycling after it is compacted?
Depending on the frequency of your hauling service you may have to store two or more waste bins leading up to a pickup. If you’re using a separate machine to compact recyclables – such as a baler – then some of your stored waste could be picked up for free by a recycler. In the right situations adding a baler to your waste equipment will lead to overall savings and better organization. Achieving the right balance of bin size and pickup frequency is essential for optimizing costs.
How Much Space Will You Need?
The space required for the entire waste compaction system is going to be more than just space for the compactor itself. Consider the entire process including the compactor, bins, feeding the compactor, and safe/easy access for staff.
If there is a significant percentage of recyclable material and you could benefit from a baler, then it will need to be factored into the space equation.
Having enough room and the ability to move freely will first and foremost ensure safety for all involved. When dealing with heavy and powerful equipment such as a compactor or a baler, safety is paramount. Make sure that your current provider and/or service company take safety matters as seriously as you do, and have the right expertise on the topic. Metro Compactor is available to provide you with a second opinion if you’re concerned.
The best ROI on your equipment comes from a combination of the right machine, the right configuration, and the right training.
Below are 7 quick questions to get you started:
- What waste and recycling products are you generating? Write down all the types (cardboard, plastic, organic, etc.)
- How large is the typical piece entering the compactor?
- How much waste and/or recycling will need to be processed at the busiest time?
- What will be the maximum required waste volume per hour (at least approximate)
- How is waste and/or recycling placed in the compactor? Is it done manually, or via a conveyor?
- How much waste and/or recycling needs to be stored before pickups?
- What is the method of pickups; and what are the limitations in terms of weight and volume?
Once you have the answers to the above questions you can see which of our products will work for you. If you have an unusual setup or questions not covered in this guide, or if you’d rather talk to our experts right away, you can contact our sales team who’ll help you choose the right compactor and move to the next step.