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Stationary Compactor vs. Self-Contained Compactor:

Making the Right Choice for Your Business 


23 October 2023

There are lots of compactors available in today's market. Let's go over the distinguishing factors between a stationary and self-contained machine, helping you find the right machinery for your business and waste needs.

The Basics: What are Stationary and Self-Contained Compactors?

Whether you run a small, medium, or large enterprise, selecting the right compactor is crucial for efficient waste handling. But with several options available, how do you decide between a stationary compactor and a self-contained compactor? 

Stationary Compactor: As the name suggests, this compactor remains in one place. It's designed to pack waste into a separate detachable container. Once the container is full, it's hauled away for emptying while the compactor remains on-site.

Self-Contained Compactor: This is a single unit where the compactor and container are integrated. It’s best suited for wet waste as it's designed to prevent liquid leakage.

Stationary Compactor

Designed to pack waste into a separate container, this compactor easily installs into the side of your building, close to your waste source.

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Self-Contained Compactor

A single unit machine, where the compactor and container are integrated. Specially designed to prevent liquid leakage.

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When to Choose a Stationary Compactor:

  • Dry Waste Generators: If your business primarily deals with dry waste like paper, cardboard, or plastics (typical in retail, offices, or warehouses), a stationary compactor is ideal.
  • Space Availability: Stationary compactors require space not only for the compactor itself but also for the detachable container. Ensure you have ample room.
  • Frequent Waste Pickup: Since the containers are detachable, they can be hauled away without disturbing the compaction process. This is beneficial for businesses that require frequent waste pickups.

When to Choose a Self-Contained Compactor:

  • Wet Waste Generators: Businesses like restaurants, food processors, or supermarkets that produce significant volumes of wet waste will benefit from self-contained compactors. The all-in-one design minimizes the risk of leaks.
  • Space Constraints: If you're short on space, consider a self-contained unit. With its integrated design, there's no need to account for a separate container.
  • Minimal Waste Transportation: The compacted waste remains in the unit until it's full, which means less frequent waste transportation and potentially lower hauling costs.

Recycling Considerations

For businesses keen on recycling, it's important to note that while both compactors can handle recyclables, the selection often depends on the type and volume of recyclable waste.

In general, wet recyclables might lean towards self-contained units, whereas large volumes of dry recyclables might find stationary compactors more efficient.

Reach out to find the right compactor for you.

Kristian Buur

President of Bramidan US


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