30 Oct What are the Differences Between Self-Contained Compactors and Stationary Compactors?

stationary vs self contained compactorCompactors are among the most widely used machines for waste management processes. Waste volume is significantly reduced using a commercial compactor, freeing up space and preventing dumpster rummaging and pilfering, not to mention reducing bad odors and avoiding vermin issues around waste disposal.

Any business looking to improve their waste management processes can certainly benefit from investing in a commercial compactor. However, knowing the best compactor for a businesses isn’t obvious. There are two main types of compactors that offer their own advantages, so it’s important to understand the differences to know which is best for your waste management needs.

Self-Contained Compactors

The biggest different between self-contained compactors and stationary compactors is the type of waste each one gathers. A self-contained compactor is designed for waste that produces liquids after being compacted, with wet and granulated waste materials being placed inside to avoid the liquids creating a mess. Liquids are a big issue for compactors that aren’t self-contained. This is because the liquid must be dealt with separately from the solid waste, so without a container to gather it all it becomes quite the hassle to deal with.

Self-contained compactors have a container attached to the machine that is specifically used to gather liquid waste. This type of waste needs to be disposed of differently from other wastes too, so the container makes it easy to dispose of the waste in a safe and responsible manner. None of the liquids soak into the solid waste during compacting either, which helps avoid all kinds of mess that would require cleaning every time you use the compactor. To ensure the machine is equipped for these tasks, self-contained compactors feature drainable sumps.

Stationary Compactors

Due to a lack of a storage container for liquid waste, stationary compactors are best used for solid waste where there is no risk of liquids leaking during the compacting process. This makes a stationary compactor suitable for carboard, newspapers, and similar materials.

Another difference is that stationary compactors are secured into the ground, meaning moving it post-installation is very difficult. The reason this happens is to reduce the vibrations produced during the compacting process and keep the machine secure and in position.
Due to the types of materials usually recycled in a stationary compactor, they also tend to be much larger than a stationary compactor, although various size options are available for types of compactors.

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