The focus on reducing landfill space is not a new phenomenon, and devices designed to help with this pursuit, like trash compactors, have been in use for at least fifty years already. Landfills are fast eating up useful space, which can be reclaimed by using compactors that minimize the space by volume used up in garbage disposal.
Benefits of Trash Compactors
Trash compactors run on electricity and push garbage into a chamber for compaction, helping reduce the volume of waste by up to 80%. Until disposal processes are streamlined to reduce the amount of waste generated, garbage compaction can help in making a contribution to the environment.
The weight of the garbage remains the same but a trash compactor cuts down the volume of space it occupies in landfills. Homeowners can save time and effort, reducing visits to the garbage can to empty the trash collector at home, if they combine their investment and set up a compaction unit on a community level.
Tips for Reducing Waste
The first step towards making a difference is not compacting the garbage produced in households and commercial establishments, but reducing it.
Here are some tips that will help:
- Use Eco-Friendly Substitutes for Disposal – Reuse paper or plastic bags that you get when buying grocery, for lining trash bins and hauling garbage out. Don’t buy new trash bags if you can avoid it, and encourage others in your community to follow your example too.
- Remember the 3R’s – The highest contributors to landfills are developed countries with people buying items for daily use rather than in bulk, substituting paper over cloth napkins or throwing away broken items to be replaced with new ones rather than repairing them. Reuse, reduce and recycle whatever you can.
- Sort Your Trash – Garbage disposal can be substituted with the separate collection of organic, reusable and industrial waste, even at an individual level. Organic waste can be used for composting, and if you do not have a garden, it can be sent to commercial trash compactors for composting.
- Skip the “Extras” – Charcoal filters and synthetic fragrances used as air fresheners or additives in compactor bags for odor absorption or to mask odors can be detrimental to health, especially for people who are intolerant to certain chemicals. Avoid these at any cost, since their potential impact is still unknown.
With environmental concerns worldwide, waste management has become extremely important. However, at the household level, using the 3R’s is a much more cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly method of waste management. Contributions on the individual level have to be made by everyone, so put in the extra effort it takes.
What Else Should You Consider?
The use of trash compactors is more economical and useful on a larger scale, when provided by waste management businesses compared to household trash compaction. Using the services provided by waste management companies for trash compaction can also help your entire community significantly reduce landfill space.
Replacing garbage compaction at home with community-level or large-scale industrial trash compaction allows you to reduce costs as well as the hassle of hauling heavy compactor bags. When you compare the cost of an individual trash compactor at the household level to those used at a community or industrial level, the latter offer greater value for money.
Northern California Compactors, Inc. provides equipment and services that will help you set up solutions for garbage compaction in your neighbourhood. You can opt for a free consultancy with the experts or dig right into exploring the disposal and compaction options available for waste management.