Compactors and Balers
What are they?
Compactors and balers are machines designed to compress waste streams to maximise storage space and reduce vehicle journeys associated with waste disposal.
Advantages / Disadvantages
Maximises the use of waste storage areas where large quantities are being produced or space is constrained.
Reduces waste disposal costs and transport emissions.
Compacting dry waste significantly reduces the volume of waste sent to landfill.
Increased maintenance requirements
Reduces the volume of waste sent to landfill and the number of vehicle trips required for the collection and delivery of the waste.
Waste disposal costs will be lower and in turn the service charge reduced, however, there will be an ongoing maintenance cost that will offset a proportion of the savings achieved.
Retrofit / improvement opportunities
Straightforward to retrofit in an existing building providing there is adequate space to accommodate it either internally or externally.
Suited to all buildings with significant quantities of waste (e.g. retail, large offices) and with adequate space to accommodate it.
Floor plate implications
The compactor / baler will require regular servicing.
A large piece of machinery located typically in the waste storage area or adjacent to it.
What to ask for
- Is there a compactor / baler on-site?
- are the tenants allowed to use the baler if owned by the building owner?