Improving Waste Control

Improving Waste Control

Some people, when the term ‘waste compactor’ is mentioned, will refer to the scene in Star Wars featuring Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and the Dianoga in the trash compactor. And that may be the only thing that they know about waste compactors. But for those firms where a lot of rubbish or recycling is generated in the course of the average day, a waste baler or compactor is an essential part of the waste control process. The use ofone or other of these machines allows a larger amount of waste items to be sent to the recycling plant or landfill site each time, reducing costs and improving any company’s carbon footprint.

Suitable waste for baling includes any recyclable items such as plastic, paper, cardboard and textiles; cars and other metal; tyres and even crops and surplus electrical and electronic equipment. When these bales are compressed into a uniform shape, it simplifies transport and future processing. Think of how neat hay bales look stacked in a barn. The same basic shape and treatment can be applied to any recyclable material.

Suitable waste for compacting is usually anything destined for landfill – general rubbish, non-recyclable items. As with baled waste, compacted waste takes up less space and so more can be transported to landfill per load. It is wise for companies to consider the extra effort involved in recycling, however, as landfill tax is a great deal more expensive than the cost of processing sorted recyclable waste per tonne.

Companies such as Mil-tek offer a complete service for balers, compactors and accessories including twine, banding and plastic covering. Staff will be able to advise companies on the best option for their requirements, as well as providing the associated supplies, often by next-day delivery. Waste baler and compactor companies also have technicians available to service and repair their machinery as needed, with remote repair where possible and onsite visits to fix larger issues and fit new parts. Many of these waste baling and compacting machines should last at least 10 years but are likely to need annual servicing, just as with many other more familiar large household items such as boilers, central heating systems and cars.

Apart from that, once the initial cost of the machine’s installation is paid for, a waste compactor or waste baler is likely to save any organisation money on their waste disposal bills. Sending more items to be recycled will improve their environmental credentials as well as reduce costs further. The company can then use the savings to make other improvements, such as hiring more staff, renovating their buildings, or even committing to buying recycled goods to complete the recycling loop.

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