A compactor reduces the volume of your trash, creating extra room in your dumpsters so you can dispose of more garbage between collections or reduce the frequency of your trash pickups. If you don’t already own a compactor, Sunshine Recycling has compactors available, either for sale or as a long-term leasing option.
Our compactors provide a permanent waste management solution for many different types of companies, including business and medical offices, shopping centers, restaurants, apartment complexes and condominium communities. We offer weekly waste hauling and disposal services with the compactor you rent or buy from us.
Compactors can be used with discarded paper goods, cardboard, food waste (including produce, meat and dairy products), plant waste, packaging materials, plastics, and event large items such as wood crates, metal cabinets, pallets and furniture. [Note: There are some items that are considered non-compactable, namely bricks, concrete and construction debris, because these materials could damage the machinery.]
Types of Compactors
We offer two types of compactors: self-contained and breakaway. Which type of compactor is best for you depends on the type of materials being disposed.
A self-contained compactor is permanently attached to an enclosed dumpster that collects the compacted garbage. During our trash pickup service, we take the entire piece of equipment (compactor plus dumpster) and haul it to the landfill. Any trash or refuse that is liquid or wet should be disposed of in this type of compactor, as the compactor and receiver bin are molded into one seamless piece, eliminating any leakage of wet materials and maintaining sanitary conditions.
A breakaway compactor (also known as a stationary auger compactor) is connected to a detachable dumpster, called a “receiver box.” During trash pickup, the compactor remains stationary at your location and only the receiver box is transported. This type of compactor is ideal for “dry” refuse like cardboard and paper products.
If you have both wet and dry waste to dispose of, we can provide you with a self-contained compactor as well as a breakaway unit—to collect and haul divided debris.
We can provide multiple compactors on your site to collect and haul divided debris. Compactors should never be used to collect construction debris as it will damage the machinery. We offer a variety of full-size construction dumpsters to collect C&D waste. We also never haul hazardous waste.
Advantages of Using Compactors
There are many reasons to use a trash compactor. Number one, it is efficient and sanitary. The waste is neatly compacted, collected and contained. This prevents your dumpster from overflowing or having spills or leaks, which may be unsightly. Your parking lot or lawn area may even stay cleaner as less debris will be blown by the wind.
A compactor can reduce labor and waste hauling costs. Non-compacted waste can fill up to 20 times more space than compacted garbage. Using a compactor means fewer hauls needed to remove waste materials and in turn, lower collection costs. According to industry statistics, a trash compactor can save a home or business up to a 50 percent on hauling costs and up to 70 percent on energy usage.
Businesses may also benefit from improved security (as unauthorized people will not have access to your trash) and a decreased risk of fire hazards, which may lower insurance premiums.