Unlike a lot of other aspects of running a business, there aren’t too many best practices for waste equipment rental. If you’ve never rented waste equipment before, you probably have more than a few questions and might even be wondering where to start. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this essential guide for waste equipment rental guide.

Identifying Waste

Small Garbage Bins with Different Waste

Start by identifying what waste you produce. Ask yourself-What type/s of waste does your business generate and how much of each type?

This will help you identify the type of equipment and the capacity, or size, you need.  Waste can be segregated into 2 types-

  • Wet and Mixed waste

    The best choice for handling mixed waste or purely wet waste is a self-contained compactor. These are often the right choice if you’re in the medical or food-processing industry.

  • Dry waste

    Stationary compactors are designed to handle dry waste like plastics, wood, cardboard, mixed paper, and even thin metals like cans.

  • Recyclable waste

    Apart from storage and general handling, transporting recyclable waste is a challenge for many businesses. Balers are ideal for compacting recyclable trash and reducing logistical challenges

What is a Self-contained Compactor?

Roll off self contained compactor

self-contained compactor has a separate compartment where the waste’s liquid gets collected. The entire unit can be transported to a landfill for emptying, making it much easier to handle.

What is a Stationary Compactor?

Stationary Compactor

stationary compactor is a compactor that’s been permanently fixed in one place. This kind of compactor has detachable containers where the waste gets stored for easy unloading.

What is an Apartment Compactor?

Apartment compactors are smaller than other compactors and are placed under trash chutes. They sense waste as it enters the compactor and automatically starts compacting it.

What is a Baler? 

baler reduces the volume of the waste by compacting all the recyclable material into a bale. The bale is secured with straps or twine, making it easier to transport to the recycling unit.

What is an Auger? 


Augers are compactors that use a large ‘screw’ type mechanism for compacting trash. Apart from compacting waste, they can also break down large pieces into smaller manageable ones.

Once you’ve identified the right type of machine, the decision of what power and the container size you need should be based on the how much waste you need to handle at your busiest time. Otherwise, you run the risk of having your machine break down at the time you need it the most.

Should I get a Baler if I have a Compactor?

If your business generates a lot of recyclable waste, you can actually save money by investing in a baler. There are companies which will collect recyclables for free and save you the cost of logistics, or even pay you if there’s enough. Over time, this can offset the cost of the baler and provide some returns.

Should I Replace my Existing Dumpster or Compactor with a New Installation?

If you have a compactor, we can provide the right equipment to maximize your operational efficiency. If you’re using a dumpster right now, we can evaluate the capacity you’ll need and help you optimize other factors like the haulage cost based on the reduced volume.

How should I Handle the Waste Once it’s been Compacted? 

You’ll need waste bins for storage between hauls and even if you tie-up with a recycler to periodically collect baled recyclables, you’ll need to find the right balance between investing in bins and hauling frequency.

How Much Space Will I Need? 

Apart from the baler or compactor, you’ll also need space for bins and clear access space so your employees can work safely around the areas. Don’t forget to make sure there’s enough space for the waste to reach the hauler, or vice-versa.

Rent or Lease? Decide With The Help Of  This Waste Equipment Rental Guide

Buying waste-management equipment has its drawbacks. Compactor leasing is the right option if you want to avoid huge upfront costs.

Follow this waste equipment rental guide and you’ll get the best, hassle-free waste management system in place for your business. You’ll know exactly what waste equipment you need from the options stated above to save costs, expertly manage waste, and reduce your business’ carbon footprint.