There are a lot of factors to consider when managing a business or a major facility. One of the main concerns that people tend to overlook or not put much thought into is how to deal with trash. Some facilities have the potential to produce huge amounts of trash, and it has to be dealt with somehow. In many cases, there's too much trash for it to be hauled away by a garbage collection company without being compacted. In those cases, a trash compactor may be the best solution. How do you know if you need a compactor -and if you need one, how do you know which one is right for your needs?
To know whether or not you need a compactor at all, you just have to figure out how much waste your facility churns out in a week. Most small businesses, such as simple stores or restaurants, don't generate enough waste to require the use of a compactor. Industrial facilities or other companies that produce more waste are more likely to have use for a compactor. Generally, a facility should be producing at least 30 cubic yards of waste every week to justify a small compactor. From that point, it's just a matter of scale. There are compactors that can handle hundreds of cubic yards of waste a week.
A compactor is an expensive piece of equipment, so it's important to make sure that you're getting a good one. There are several key questions that you should have answers to before you start shopping around for a compactor. The first and most obvious question has to do with size. You need to figure out exactly how much waste the facility will generate and find a compactor that is big enough, but not too big. However, you may want to consider getting a bigger model if your facility is likely to grow.
It's also important to note the size of not only the overall amount of waste, but the individual objects that make up the trash. Particularly large objects may have a hard time fitting into some compactors. Try and find dimensions of the largest objects that will need to be compacted so you can compare it against the opening on the compactor.
You'll also need to consider where the compactor is going to be. It should be in a place where it's not too inconvenient for workers to access, but it also must be easily reachable by trash collection services.
Another factor to consider is the ease of use of the unit. Since people are going to have to be trained to use the compactor, it's helpful to have one that is easy to learn. Along the same lines, safety is also a major factor. The compactor you choose should be safe so that your employees don't get injured while using it.
Once you've nailed down the answers to those key questions, you'll be able to find a trash compaction solution that works for your business.
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