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What is Compaction?

Compaction refers to the act of compacting or compressing matter unto itself, hence reducing its physical volume without affecting its mass.


Need of Compaction Equipment

Compaction is an intensive mechanical process that will require specialized machinery to be accomplished. Different types of materials require different types of compaction equipment and the need for such equipment is driven by the desire to handle that material more easily, make it stable and solid, cut costs and probably turn a profit by doing so.

In the Field of Concrete:

For concrete, compaction is used to expel trapped air from freshly laid concrete and pack the aggregate together, thereby increasing the density of the concrete. Compaction in concrete increases its ultimate strength significantly, enhances the bond with reinforcements, increases abrasion resistance, decreases permeability and minimizes shrinkage and creep characteristics.

Compaction in the Waste/ Recycling Industry:

In the waste handling and recycling industry, compaction plays a big role in reducing the size of waste matter so that, primarily, more of it can be stored or accommodated in the same space. At dumpsites and landfills, waste is compacted even further as a way of extending the lifespan of that area.

Waste is generated everywhere and the need to control how that waste is affecting our environment continues to gather momentum all over. There is waste coming out of our homes, our businesses, institutions of learning, health facilities, industries and just about everywhere else that has people around, including stadiums and parks. It is thus not unusual to find a recycling compactor installed in such places.

Compactors in Commercial Use:

In places such as schools, shopping malls and other commercial places, compactors provide the people there with the opportunity to take part in conserving the environment. Such places often have a large number of people, which translates to a high volume of waste being generated. They often require a large industrial trash compactor in order to handle that volume.

Compactors in Residential Settings:

Housing complexes and concentrated communities will ideally benefit from the compaction of their waste, which not only reduces its volume and hence need for space, but also facilitates cleaner dwellings and surrounding environments.

Compactors in Manufacturing Companies:

The amount of waste that’s generated by manufacturing industries is not only large, but potentially harmful depending on its composition. Compactors make the handling of such waste both efficient and safe. Manufacturing companies can greatly benefit from the heavy duty industrial compactors that have both the strength and resilience to handle such kind of waste.

Compactors in the Medical Industry:

Hospitals typically produce waste that can be anything from leftover food to used medical supplies. All that will require specialized medical waste disposal systems that will ensure the proper disposal of such items while ensuring the safety of its handlers.

Compactors in the Food Industry:

The waste that is generated by hotels and restaurants is mainly organic and being able to compact such waste ensures that it can be properly recycled. It also eliminates the chances of such waste making its way into the sewer system.


Compactors can be:

  • Automatic
    A commercial trash compactor like the cardboard baler is designed to compact cardboard waste and compress it into neatly tied bales all at the touch of a button.
  • Self-Contained
    In a self-contained compactor, the unit is integrated with a container that makes it excellent for handling waste with high levels of liquid. What this means is that a compactor such as the industrial garbage compactor can manage all industrial waste, whether solid or liquid.
  • Stationary or Portable
    Compactors can be stationary or portable depending on the type of application, type of waste to be compacted, location of that waste and so on.
  • Free-Standing
    Free standing compactors with a large feed opening and a low feed height provide both safe and easy ways of operation in places that have a high turnover of waste being handled by a lot of people.
  • Attached to a Wall or Fence

For convenience when loading the waste or retrieving the compacted matter, a commercial compactor can be attached to a wall or a fence next to an easy access route. The kind of compactor that would suit such a setting is ideally the horizontal loading type.