Learn the Basics of a Waste Compactor

Have you come across a waste compactor in a shop, and would like to learn more about it? Here’s everything you need to know.

 

What is a waste compactor?

 

It is a machine that helps lessen the space that our waste occupies on landfills. Its main purpose is to press and crash garbage to reduce their size with the help of a metal ram. The smaller pieces of trash are then junked in a so-called compactor bag. The machine can be summed up to only four parts: the metal ram, the compactor bag, the door and the switch to turn it on.

 

A waste compactor is ideal for hospitals, restaurants, schools, hotels, offshore/shipping companies, and food handlers. They are also perfect for homes.

 

How can I operate a waste compactor?

 

Before turning the switch on, you must first open its door, and put the waste inside. It is best to load smaller cans and bottles at the bottom. Then, put larger disposals in the middle. Close the bin when it’s full and press the switch. In case you’ve loaded or used it incorrectly, you will hear a sensor as a warning.

 

What can I load inside the waste compactor?

 

Recyclable items such as paper products, plastic items, cardboards, and cans are very much acceptable in waste compactors. Meanwhile, loading up glass and any form of chemical is discouraged to prolong the life of your compactor. Food is generally allowed, but it’s better not to load them if you would like to avoid some stinky smell in the room or building.

 

Is it safe to use a waste compactor?

 

Generally, a compactor is easy and safe to use, but like any other machine, it comes with precautionary measures. Remember that this machine requires ample amount of power. Hence, you must never use an extension cord for it. Opt for a three-pronged outlet, and do not take off the grounding prong. Avoid using any of your body parts to push the trash in the compactor. Also, do not overload the machine beyond its limits to preserve its life. Do not touch any moving part of the machine to prevent injuries. If the machine has a defect, don’t use it anymore. Instead, deliver it to a repair shop right away. Lastly, make sure to place the waste compactor away from children, and always lock it to avoid any form of casualty.

Now that you know how to operate a waste compactor, you can finally buy or rent a machine from Mil-Tek. Visit their website to view their products.