Here are some suggestions for the types of handy information that can be helpful when discussing the potential benefits of a garbage compactor in your facility with your garbage compactor supplier. It will help trash compactor suppliers to be able to assess which waste compactor is best for you.
1.Assess where most of the waste in the facility is generated.
2.Assess waste collection points and/or waste storage areas and any opportunities for downsizing that may exist.
3.The amount of waste generated by the facility in the area where you are considering a waste compactor.
4.Assess the paths and details of transporting loose and compacted waste to various collection points around the facility, whether interim storage or collection by waste haulers.
5.Based on existing operations and conditions, as well as future expectations, try to assess whether you are more suitable for an indoor trash compactor, an outdoor trash compactor, or a combination of the two. (Some answers to other questions and assessments will help decide this.)
6.Determine if there are any conditions that could hinder the outdoor or indoor trash compactor. Often, indoor space issues or conditions may force you to focus on outdoor compactor applications, or possible outdoor space issues or conditions may force you to focus on indoor trash compactor applications. For example, is there a clear and safe path for movers to reach an accessible area where pickup or “waste disposal” can take place. And, depending on the footprint of the compactor, is there enough room outside.
7.Have you researched the footprints of the various types of compactors that you think might work best (also adding a reasonable perimeter for the service and basic operating areas). By understanding the available operating area (including a small/reasonable buffer), this will help to include or exclude products that are not viable in the first place.
8.Based on existing practices, does the storage of garbage create a fire hazard or any other unsafe or unsanitary conditions that may need to be addressed by implementing a garbage compactor?
9.Do you have a monthly schedule with your garbage hauler (increasingly common.)
10.Is it possible (now or in the near future) that your company has the ability and resources to transport its own waste to landfill (which has become more popular recently). Ideally, this would be the case where there may be a county landfill nearby.
11.Does a significant portion of your trash file consist of recyclable materials that can be easily separated. If so, roughly what percentage of garbage is made up of these recyclables. What is the breakdown of cardboard, PET or HDPE plastic, waste paper, etc. in % Recyclables?
12.Do you have a clear idea of how your garbage truck is currently charging you? (i.e. how much per tip/pickup, equipment rental, landfill/tonnage fee.)
13.Be open to any fixed or maximum budget you may have. If you have a fixed budget, it’s usually best to let the supplier know before you waste a lot of time on the wrong product.
14.Besides litter considerations, there are other conditions that can be eliminated or reduced by using a compactor. For example, a garbage compactor can often be a huge help in controlling rodents/pests as well as odor issues.
15.Do you spend at least $700 a month in trash shipping. If not, your expected returns may not justify buying a garbage compactor.