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Delmont, PA  |  800-345-4946

ERIEZ is a global manufacturer of an entire range of vibratory feeders and related machinery. We serve all the process industries, including food, chemical, pharmaceutical, ceramics, glass, packaging, metalworking, minerals processing and others. We also offer feeding machines so that all of your needs can be met. Please contact our company for a quote today!

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Eriez $$$

Cambridge, ON  |  800-465-3214

Shred-Tech is an industry leader in the custom design and manufacturing of waste reduction systems and shredding machinery for a variety of recycling applications.

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Shred-Tech $$$

Louisville, KY  |  502-969-3171

Internationally known, Carrier Vibrating Equipment specializes in manufacturing vibratory feeders and screeners. We have been pioneers in process equipment technology for over 60 years. Our economical products are easily installed, offering minimum downtime and low maintenance. Our equipment serves industries such as chemical, glass, dairy, pharmaceutical and explosives.

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Carrier Vibrating Equipment, Inc. $$$

Crystal Lake, IL  |  815-455-3222

At General Kinematics, we design and manufacture vibratory feeders, conveyors and more for applications in foundries, recycling mining, coal and food processing.

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General Kinematics $$$

Grand Prairie, TX  |  877-582-7800

Our long established Saturn-brand industrial shredders are designed with cost and innovation in mind, and provide the benefit you need no matter what you need to shred!

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Granutech-Saturn Systems $$$

Souderton, PA  |  800-572-9998

Advanced Equipment Sales is your source for innovative, economical and sustainable recycling equipment and systems for waste paper, plastics, metals, glass, films and dusts, and most any other material that can be recycled. From concept to design, through equipment selection, installation and commissioning, and service after the sale, AES is your one stop resource for integrated recycling solutions. We have over 3 decades of experience across multiple industries and disciplines, and hundreds of successful installations throughout North America.

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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.

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.