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How to use a Waste Compactor Safely

Did you know that every year, New Zealand industries and households produce around 3 million tonnes of waste? It goes without saying that with this much to manage, it’s more important than ever to treat waste correctly, and the best way to start is by reducing the excess that you do have. 

If your business generates a large amount of waste product, then a waste compactor machine can efficiently reduce it down into smaller sizes. This is especially handy in industries that use densifying packaging foams, as without a compactor these materials are bulky and require a lot of storage space or else frequent trips to the tip for disposal. Extra space and transport costs to handle your waste product really adds up, but all of that can be avoided by investing in a good-quality compactor.

In general, a quality compactor reduces the amount of waste going into landfill by making it smaller and using less consumables, like bags.

A model like our EPS1000 compactor is robust, low-maintenance and comes with a high compaction ratio for both wet and dry polystyrene. If you run a business in New Zealand that produces a lot of waste, then a compactor like this is going to save you a lot of time and money in the long run. But how low maintenance is low maintenance?

Well, there are a few things you need to do to keep your waste compactor running smoothly, but it’s mostly common sense.

1. Ensure your employees are trained to use the compactor safely

A lot of problems can be avoided if your staff are properly trained in how to use the compactor safely and correctly. Waste compactor operators should be well versed in compliance and have up-to-date training to manage operations correctly. Work Safe NZ will be a great place to start for information on training and compliance.
It is important that untrained employees do not try to operate or go near the compactor, even when it doesn’t seem risky.
Finally, ensure that all employees know how to perform an emergency stop and deal with common operating problems safely.


2. Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing

As with all machinery, employees must wear appropriate PPE, work clothing and shoes while operating a waste compactor. This may include but not be limited to: gloves, boots and coveralls, steel or composite toe shoes, and safety glasses.

Ergonomics should also be considered, such as bending at the knees, seat positioning, and safe lifting techniques.

Finally, you may also need to make use of safety cones and barricades to ensure other staff members and pedestrians keep a safe distance.


3. Respect load limits

Overloading a compactor is a serious safety risk that can also damage the machine. It’s easier to avoid the risks and repair costs altogether by loading your machine correctly. Ensure all staff know and respect the load limits.

4. Put your compactor in a secure location

Does your compactor need to be close to storage or waste bins? Is there enough space for maintenance and repair work to be undertaken around the machine? Is there enough space for accessories like a conveyor belt?
For ease of use and efficient repairs, it’s best to put your waste compactor in a well-thought-out spot.

5. Book repairs and maintenance like clock-work

Just like your car needs a regular service, your waste compactor should receive regular maintenance and immediate repairs in the event that you notice a problem.

6. Buy your compactor from a reputable supplier

This one probably doesn’t require any explanation. It goes without saying that you get what you pay for, and an experienced supplier with a good track record is more likely to deliver you a quality machine that you can trust. When it comes to heavy machinery there is no point taking chances. Contact Pioneer Group today to discuss the best waste management options for your business.