Stationary compactors are commonly used in industrial and manufacturing facilities that generate large volumes of dry and bulky waste. The compactor is screwed into place and the waste material is packed in a receiving box. When the compactor is full, the receiving box is removed to empty it, and the compactor remains in place. These compactors have load chambers that range from 1 to 4 cubic yards and can be configured for all types of cargo. The main difference with commercial compactors is the way they are emptied.
Instead of throwing the compacted garbage in a garbage bag and throwing it in the trash, the entire container of the commercial compactor is taken to the landfill to be thrown and returned. This method of disposal was first patented by Wells in 1941 for shredding oil cans, and later improved by Boyd who used hydraulic pressure from a direct water connection to compact household waste into a single package for easy disposal. In 1991, John Bauer further improved this design by creating two compartments for recyclable waste and non-recyclable waste. Today, modern garbage compactors use even better technology that allows them to handle dry and wet waste, control odors, and store more. Some models even come with a compartment for a carbon filter or an odor reducing disc to help reduce unpleasant smells.
Supposedly, garbage compactors are good for the environment since they reduce the number of garbage bags that go to landfills and reduce the volume of garbage in the container, requiring fewer trips to the landfill. In addition, compacting garbage in landfills helps prevent more landfills from opening and promotes biodegradation of garbage, producing methane gas. However, some say that the trash is too compacted which can delay decomposition. Business owners should evaluate details such as route and transportation, including information on loose trash and compacted garbage collection points at facilities. By doing a thorough analysis of their requirements, they can make a more informed decision about buying a commercial garbage compactor and ensure a great return on their investment. Not only does buying a garbage compactor ensure compliance with safety regulations, but it also ensures that companies reduce compensation costs associated with paying lawsuits and treating illnesses and injuries suffered by their employees.