The Importance of Well-Designed Waste Compactors for Efficient Refuse Removal in South Africa

Service delivery is of paramount importance for municipalities. Residents pay for refuse removal and as such, expect quality service. However, waste removal comes with several challenges, one of which being the compacting of waste. If the waste is not compacted upon pickup, it takes up more space. This translates into more trucks needed to remove waste.

However, more waste disposal trucks on the road add to carbon emission, increased fuel usage, and more maintenance, workers, and traffic. It goes without saying that careful planning must go into the selection of garbage disposal trucks to reduce costs associated with service delivery. Municipalities work on tight budgets and even if the service of refuse removal is outsourced to third parties, the trucks that these parties use must be fuel-efficient, highly effective in collecting waste, durable, and powerful.

As such, it makes sense to invest in high-quality waste compactors such as available from us. The solid waste collected can be compacted as the bins are emptied into the waste bin of the truck. This helps to ensure maximum available space for waste in the truck. As such, fewer trucks are needed, and fewer trips to the landfills. Effective compaction also helps to minimise environmental pollution in the areas where waste is collected. The waste compactors enclose the waste bins, minimising the risk of waste and debris being spilled in the street. At the same time, the compactors cover the waste sufficiently, reducing odours. This is equally important, as harmful microorganisms can become airborne if the waste bins are not enclosed while the waste compactors travel through the residential areas.

Various types are available today, including front, side, and rear loaders. The front loaders normally service industrial sites and have forks in front that lift the waste containers over the truck cabins and into the waste containers on the trucks. Once at the top, the containers are emptied on the truck hoppers, where the waste is compacted and moved to the rear of the trucks. The drivers can load faster and move on.

The rear waste loader compactors feature openings at the back of the trucks where the waste bins are emptied, or where garbage bags thrown in. The modern waste compactor trucks feature lifting mechanisms for easy lifting of the waste bins and emptying thereof into the truck bins. Once in the bins, the waste compactors are activated and the waste is moved to the front of the truck hoppers. The above helps to create more space and to cover the collected waste. Compacting is done through a hydraulic system and the trucks can stay on the move while it is done. This helps to increase speed of operation and thus reduce the time it takes to collect large amounts of residential waste.

Various designs exist for waste compactors, including the more conventional sweep-and-slide motion, where the carriage is moved to the front and back. The continuous waste compactor uses a rotating drum and auger for grinding down and compacting the collected waste. Another design features the Archimedes screw, which collects the waste at one end and pulls it inside the waste bin of the truck while compacting it. This is an expensive operation and it also comes with some safety risks. Another design features a wall that moves from the back to the front of the truck bin to hydraulically press the waste collected to take up less space. Side loaders are also popular, featuring lifting systems for the lifting of the waste bins off the street. These units are often used for collection of recyclable materials.

Discuss your particular waste removal and compacting requirements with us and let us help you select the best waste compactors from our product stable to meet your company or municipality’s waste removal requirements.