Compactors

A major problem facing the waste management industry is the decreasing amount of landfill space. Each year, the world produces millions of tons of disposable waste to be buried in a landfill. Regardless of the many measures taken to reduce the amount of waste, landfills continue to be filled. Read More.....

Leading Manufacturers

South Holland, IL  |  800-875-1038

Since 1962, Maren has led the industry, building powerful and reliable manual tie, automatic tie and two ram balers, shredders and conveyors. That’s why many of the most successful paper & box plants, distribution centers, post consumer recyclers, and printers rely on Maren Balers to bolster their bottom line. Maren’s reputation for great customer service has carried from generation to generation of operators, service technicians and equipment buyers worldwide.

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Maren Balers & Shredders $$$

Jacksonville, FL  |  800-231-9286

If you are currently paying for the disposal of cardboard, paper, plastic or non-ferrous metals; than consider International Baler Corporation & our range of balers and related equipment.

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International Baler Corporation $$$

Springdale, AR  |  800-678-7320

Cram-A-Lot®, an industry leader, is a manufacturer of extra-heavy-duty industrial balers, refuse balers, trash compactors, yard and garbage compactors, as well as solid-waste and recycling equipment. Since our founding in 1978, we have provided high quality and excellent service to the industry.

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Cram-A-Lot® $$$

Antigo, WI  |  715-627-2400

Established in 1997, ACE Equipment Company is a leading manufacturer of quality industrial balers and related equipment. We are always creating new products using state-of-the-art technology and the highest standards. With excellent customer service and competitive pricing, satisfaction is guaranteed.

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ACE Equipment Company $$$

St. Louis, MO  |  314-292-8181

From our foundation in recycling and repairing machinery, we have generated a vast knowledge base in building balers, shredders, conveyors, and recycling equipment. We’ve been working in the industry since the early 1970’s, with customer service and top of the line quality always in mind. Having a large inventory of new and reconditioned reliable equipment allows us to serve you efficiently.

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DeHart Recycling Equipment $$$

Wilsonville, OR  |  503-682-3633

SSI Shredding Systems provides a wide range of waste management products, including industrial shredders, industrial balers, industrial reducers and industrial compactors.

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SSI Shredding Systems, Inc. $$$
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Compactors List

A major breakthrough in the ability to dispose of trash is the compactor, which was first introduced in the 1940s. A large percentage of waste material that fills landfills and garbage cans is made up of air and various gases. A volume of several hundred square feet can be reduced to under a hundred feet by crushing and compacting it. The crushing and compacting process removes the air and significantly reduces the size of the waste material.

The term "trash compactor" covers a wide range of devices that are designed to remove the air and gases from waste matter. Ones that are designed for the home are the size of an appliance and are installed in cupboards, under sinks, or placed in the basement. These smaller versions of a compactor can normally hold 30 to 40 lbs. of waste.

Commercial trash compactors are more common and are used by industrial operations to reduce their environmental footprint. With the rising concern for the environment, the majority of industries have instituted some form of trash compacting and recycling program. To assist in their efforts, trash collecting companies make large capacity trash compactors available for on-site use.

The basic purpose of a trash compactor is to apply a significant amount of pressure to waste material in a confined space to compress it into a solid cube or rectangular shape. The main part of a trash compactor is the ram that is used to compress and crush the waste material. The ram can be placed in either a horizontally above the trash chamber or vertically and is made of hardened steel with a flat surface that runs along tracks or guides. The process of compacting involves forcing the ram against the trash by a hydraulically or pneumatically driven piston.

A key factor for a trash compactor is the limitation of the amount of space between the ram and the sides of the enclosure to ensure that waste material does not escape. To ensure smooth operation of a compactor, ram tracks and guides are regularly checked for lubrication along with the hydraulic piston.

The size of a trash compactor depends on the industry where it is being used as well as the type of waste material. For offices and small businesses, smaller versions of trash compactors are used to crush and compact paper and boxes. For manufacturing operations, care is taken in determining the type of waste to be crushed to avoid any form of volatile or flammable materials.

When a commercial trash compactor is to be emptied, the complete unit is picked up and removed. For industrial operations, emptying and replacing of the trash compactor may happen daily or several times during the day depending on the volume of trash produced. Unlike a home or small office trash compactor, industrial trash compactors have an automated system for loading trash, which is connected to production or assembly operations.

With the growing concern for the environment and the need to limit the amount of waste poured into landfills, trash compactors will continue to become an essential part of conservation and waste management.

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