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Compact waste-removal costs

September 19, 2010
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Trash collection is an important part of a custodian''s job — and a function that can cost a company a lot of time and money to complete.

In this age of budget cuts and reduced labor, many have discovered the benefits of using trash compactors as time- and labor-saving tools.

The benefits of using trash compactors include:

  • Saving labor
  • Reducing leakage and use of trashcan liners
  • Improving sanitation, odors and health
  • Increasing employee morale
  • Tightening security
  • Reducing rodent and insect infiltration
  • Minimizing waste-hauling expenses
All shapes and sizes

Different types of compactors are available to fit facilities'' various needs.

Under-the-counter compactors, used in residential settings and smaller offices, compact trash into a heavy-duty liner that prevents leaks and odor problems from occurring, thereby decreasing the frequency of "taking out the trash".

Trash receptacle/self-contained units resemble the regular trash cans you see in many public facilities, and are especially beneficial at facilities in which cleaning personnel must empty trash receptacles many times a day.

Bob Merkt owns West Bend, WI-based Merkt Educational Group and Associates (MEGA) and Kettle Moraine Professional Cleaners, Inc., and instructs for the Cleaning Management Institute® (CMI®).

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