Author: Garrett Lang, Gotta Go Dumpster Service, an HEC Green Business

Industrial Compactors:

Increase waste efficiency when large scale recycling isn’t an option.

trash-compactor-croppedIn a perfect world, manufacturing plants, industrial facilities and the hospitality industry would all be zero waste facilities. They would be able to recycle 100 percent of the materials they used and nothing would end up in a landfill. While most businesses don’t have the resources to allocate to become a zero waste company, adding an industrial waste compactor can drastically reduce disposable waste and cut down on the transportation of waste to recycling centers and landfills. Reducing waste starts with a waste analysis.

A waste analysis

Daily operations in large businesses require deliveries of components and materials that typically arrive wrapped in paper or plastic, packaged in cardboard and placed on a pallet. All of this discarded dunnage can be recycled or disposed of in an industrial compactor.

Gotta Go Dumpster Service, an installer and leasing company for stationary compactors, evaluates every potential clients waste flow before recommending a solution. “We analyze what material enters a company and what exits as a waste product,” said Scott Messmer, General Manager at Gotta Go. “Our goal is to identify how companies can efficiently handle, improve waste management and reduce their waste.”

A waste analysis is an excellent opportunity for any business to identify where they can increase their recycling efforts and reduce the amount of waste that enters a landfill. An analysis can also help a business improve waste workflow, free up floor space and reduce the amount of waste loads that go to the landfill.

How a compactor works

Industrial trash compactors can be configured to fit just about any application. But all compactors are designed relatively the same and operate on the same principles. Waste is loaded into an input enclosure and when full, a hydraulic ram applies enormous amounts of pressure to the debris. The pressure reduces the volume of the material. The end result is the material taking up less space in your trash container. Decreasing the amount of hauls required each week.

Benefits of a Trash Compactor

The biggest benefit of a compactor, by far, is the ability to compact the waste and cut cost on the amount of hauls required weekly or monthly. Using a compactor can increase container weights by more than 400%. That gives you a 4 to 1 compaction ratio. Lets explain this a little more.

Say a company currently has a 40 cubic yard dumpster and they have it hauled to the landfill once a week. With a compactor, that same 40 cubic yard receiver box could now hold 160 yards of compacted material. This would cut down on your hauls from once a week to once a month.

Get Started Compacting

Installing a compactor is a step in the right direction when full recycling programs aren’t feasible. It cuts down on fossil fuel consumption by eliminating the need for weekly hauls and the transportation of waste. For more information on a compactor, you can visit