Choosing the Right Waste Management Equipment

Here you will find useful information to help guide you when choosing the right compaction system for your application. Below are Compactor Basics,  a Dimensions & Clearance Data chart, and Selection Criteria that should be considered including information on size of waste, recyclables, safety standards, power source, convenience, location and available space.

Compaction Basics

A compactor system has three main parts:

The Compactor Ram

The Power Unit

The Container

Compactor Dimensions & Clearance Data

Choose the right model sheet

Selection Criteria

Is the Feed Opening (Clear Top) large enough to accommodate the largest items without bridging?

Is there sufficient volume of recyclable materials to warrant removing them from the waste stream? Recycling equipment or additional compaction equipment may be needed.

  1. Does the installation comply with recommended ANSI standards?
  2. Is there a 42″ high barrier between the user and the charge box?
  3. Is there an access interlock switch on chute or hopper doors and gates?
  4. Is there a “momentary contact” control required?

Is adequate power available? Three or single phase?

  1. Is the compactor located for easiest use? Loading height?
  2. Can a hopper, doghouse (charge box enclosure) or cart dumping system improve convenience?
  3. Can value be added (building or employee security) by loading through the wall?
  4. Would an Ozone Odor Control System solve odor or pest control problems?

Does, or can, the waste flow to one central point?

  1. Is there space for the compaction system and maneuvering room for collection trucks?
  2. Is there adequate over-head clearance? Is the collection truck front-load or rear-load?
  3. Is there compatibility with the collection truck?


It is reasonably easy to misapply a baling machine or place it in an area that does not benefit the customer. Your local dealer or Regional Sales Manager will help guide you through the selection and location process to assure you are getting the best choice of equipment, layout, and to fit within your budget requirements. The process of gathering all the pertinent information is very important.

  1. What do you plan to bale?
  2. What is the largest size of the majority of the material?
  3. How much material will be baled at the busiest hour?
  4. How will the baler be fed?
  5. How will the bales be stored?
  6. What is the shipping method?
  7. Is there a maximum weight to achieve on the shipping conveyance?
  8. Will the bales be tied manually or automatically?
  9. What language will be used in operating and servicing baler?
  10. Is a telephone line nearby?
  1. Is there adequate room for the baler? Considering the space required for the baler is only a small part of the total space required. What about room for the feeding apparatus (conveyor, air system, cart dumper or loader)? Is there room to eject and handle the bales?
  2. Check ceiling height as well as width and length of the space.
  3. Is there adequate door height to bring the unit into the building?
  4. Will the floor support the weight of the recommended equipment?
  5. What is the available voltage and can the machine can be started across-the-line?
  6. Will the location of the equipment be close to where the material is generated and/or shipped?

Is it the right equipment for your needs?

Trash compaction equipment, such as balers and compactors, are a worthwhile investment for commercial establishments and industrial facilities. Compactors effectively reduce the waste volume that a business generates, and makes waste transport easier. On the other hand, balers streamline the way businesses process recyclable waste, effectively reducing disposal costs.

Consider these factors when choosing the right garbage disposal and recycling equipment:

Waste Volume

The most important factor in your purchasing decision is how much waste a business generates on a regular basis. You need this in knowing whether the machine can accommodate the volume.

Waste Material

Some machines are well-equipped for metal and aluminum waste. Some are ideal for paper and cardboard. Take note of the waste material to make the most of your equipment of choice.

Safety Features

Safety should always be your top priority, especially if you’re running an industrial or commercial facility that generates and processes hazardous wastes. Machine operators might know their way around compactors and balers but it’s still important to highlight safety. Consider tailored solutions for unique waste management and recycling needs.

Equipment Efficiency

If you want to get the most out of your industrial or commercial recycling equipment purchase, you’ll need to choose an efficient trash compactor or baler. Ideally, the machine should provide cost benefits and satisfy the goals of your business.

Aftersales Support

Choosing the best waste compaction and recycling equipment is only half the battle. You need to get a machine that comes with excellent aftersales support. If the equipment breaks unexpectedly, you’ll have a provider that could properly diagnose and fix the machine for you.

Machine Lifespan

Balers and compactors are constantly working. They won’t stop as long as a business generates waste. Get the best value for money with waste disposal and recycling equipment that feature longevity. Check with the waste recycling equipment manufacturer to find out the average lifespan of each baler or compactor model.

Don’t hesitate to ask our trained and experienced team about the right baler or compactor for your business. Get in touch with us today.

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