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Choose the Right Commercial Trash Compactor

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Many businesses often overlook the issue of waste management, yet waste can have significant implications for factors such as revenue, productivity, efficiency, and safety in the workplace. One way facilities can optimize their waste removal process is by using trash compactors.

If you generate a large amount of waste, renting a compactor can make business sense. However, a lot goes into selecting the right waste compactor.

Here are important considerations for choosing a rental trash compactor for your business.


Commercial waste compactors come in two different types — stationary compactors and self-contained compactors. The type of compactor you need will largely depend on the nature of the waste your business generates.

Stationary Compactors

A stationary compactor is bolted or welded to the ground and features a removable container for convenient emptying. This type of compactor is suitable for managing high volume dry waste such as paper, cardboard, and other recyclable materials.

Self-Contained Compactors

Self-contained compactors are mobile and have a leakproof construction. This type of compactor is ideal for facilities that handle a high volume of liquid or wet waste. Facilities can include restaurants, apartment complexes, and hospitals.


Every business wants to make the most use of available floor space. When looking for the right trash compactor, bear in mind the space limitations of your facility. The right size compactor at the right location will allow you to balance between your waste management requirements and the need to optimize efficiency within the facility.


Next, estimate the amount of waste in cubic yards your business generates per week. This will allow you to determine the right size compactor. The larger the volume of weekly waste you generate, the larger the compactor size you will need.

Additionally, consider the size and weight of the waste your business generates. This will determine the appropriate compactor charge chamber and hopper size to avoid jamming up the in-feed and affecting the efficiency of the compactor system.

Choose the right size compactor to minimize pickup frequency and the related fees. Consult your local trash compactor rentals company for recommendations on the right size compactor for your business.


When selecting a commercial trash compactor, prioritize efficiency and ease of use. Consider how workers will bring waste to the compactors.

Some compactors allow workers to dispose of waste by hand while others allow the use of carts to conveniently dump waste into the compactor.

Additionally, some systems feature a chute through which the user can remain in the building and feed waste into the compactor. When workers are able to dispose of waste easily, they are more likely to comply with and take ownership of the company's waste management policy.


In addition to considering the waste disposal style, determine the most appropriate waste removal procedure based on the volume of waste your facility generates and the hauling frequency.

The main waste removal styles are front load, rear load, and roll-off. Roll-off trash compactors are generally suitable for facilities that generate a high volume of waste. This type of compactor maximizes the truck's carrying capacity. However, the compactor will need to go to and from the landfill. Therefore, you should adequately prepare for this downtime.

Front load and rear load compactors might be a suitable alternative for moderate to lower volume waste generating facilities. Although typically smaller, these compactors deliver optimal waste compression to minimize hauling frequency.

A trash compactor can help to improve your waste management practices, which, in turn, can result in significant cost savings, space maximization, improved safety and sanitation, and a better business reputation.

If you want professional waste compactors in New Braunfels and San Antonio, Texas, call Pro-Star Roll-Off Dumpsters today.

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    Pro-Star Roll-Off Dumpsters
    290 Engel Road
    New Braunfels, TX 78132

    Phone: (210) 737-1002
    Toll Free: (866) DUMPBOX


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