Managing waste effectively has become essential for all businesses: everyone wants to keep waste to a minimum and reuse and recycle as much as possible. Not only does this save money on waste collection, storage, and processing, but it also ensures the health of our environment.

Investing in the right waste compactor means your business can:

  • Save waste costs
  • Reduce waste volumes & increase operation space
  • Save time & increase productivity
  • Improve your working environment

Waste compactors can compress waste to roughly a fifth of its size and can even make it possible to sell your waste on to recycling companies. While the huge range of compactors available mean an appropriate solution can be found for any business, it can make it feel hard to work out what’s the right fit for you. In this guide we’ll take you through the main things to take in to account when choosing a compactor.

How to choose a waste baler

There are four questions you should answer to decide which waste compactor is best for you:

  1. What type of waste does your business produce?
  2. How much of it do you produce?
  3. Where do you operate?
  4. How much will you save?

Read on to see which compactor would work best for your business, whether portable compactorplastic baler, or skip size jumbo roll packer.

What type of waste does your business produce?

Businesses produce all sorts of waste, from a few sheets of scrap paper to heaps of cardboard, or mounds of coffee cups and building detritus. Different kinds of waste need to be disposed and compacted in different ways for maximum efficiency, particularly if you are planning to recycle your waste.

The best way to find the right type of baler is to audit your waste. Clearly, your business will benefit most from compacting materials that are produced in the largest volume. Only then can you select the baler that will save you the most money.

Balers for recyclable solid waste

If your business gets through large amounts of solid recyclable materials a baler is the best option. Balers are ideal for any sort of recyclable business waste, including:

  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Metal
  • Fibrous materials (cotton, minerals, wood and wool)

Waste balers bundle recyclable waste into solid blocks of material, enabling recyclers to collect it easily and economically.

An alternative income source

Many recycling businesses will pay you for your baled recyclable waste, opening up an alternative source of income. The Kenburn range of balers can accommodate bales of 30 kg to over 1000 kg of waste, with regular intervals in between. This means all scales of businesses can benefit from a new source of income once they invest in an appropriate baler, while saving money on previous waste disposal costs.

Roto Compactors for general light waste

If your business regularly produces general light waste, a Roto compactor is a great way to cut down the number of garbage collections you require. By simply inserting rubbish into the easy to use machine, the volume of waste you are disposing will be reduced by up to nine times of the original volume. Roto Compactors:

  • are suitable for general light waste
  • offer a compression ratio of about 9:1
  • are easy to maintain.

Their small size means they can be easily located where the waste is produced, making them appropriate for use in:

  • Supermarkets
  • Canteens, Kitchens and Restaurants
  • Industry and Retail
  • Banks
  • Hospitals
  • Retirement Homes
  • Hotels and Service Companies

Wet Waste Compactors for food and other wet waste

If you produce large quantities wet and smelly waste, wet waste compactors are fully sealed to ensure no odours or liquid emerge from the compactor. This allows all the benefits of minimising the volumes of waste you produce, without risking any contamination of the working environment. Dairies, hospitals, and bakeries have all maximised the efficiency of their waste disposal by using a Wet Waste Compactor.

Jumbo Roll Packers for bulky waste building detritus

Roll packers have reduced transport costs of bulky waste streams in open containers by 80%: they do this by crushing an astonishing range of material to a fifth of its former volume, including wooden pallets, furniture, and window frames. If you are trying to dispose of lots of bulky waste, a jumbo roll packer is a great way to drastically reduce your transportation costs. Businesses from furniture manufacturers to large scale builders have benefitted from jumbo roll packers.

Specialist compactors: from carpets to polystyrene

If your business produces large quantities of particularly specialist waste, it’s likely that there is a solution that can make your waste management as efficient as possible. Kenbern’s EPS Granulator has been specifically designed to compress expanded polystyrene into as small a space as possible, while their “carpet crusher” has done the same for carpets. Contact Kenburn with your specialist waste requirements, and see how they can adapt your waste management procedures.

Where do you need your compactor?

Most compactors come in a variety of sizes, as well as portable and static models. Depending on the space your business has available and whether or not you need to move it, you will find a compactor suitable to your needs. For example, if you need a compactor that can be transported to a site where a particular job is producing waste, a Mobile -Pack-Bin might be your most appropriate option.

If you can identify where waste is being produced, then placing compactors or balers at these precise points can help maximise efficiency and save your business precious time.

How much waste do you produce?

A full range of compactors and balers are available, from balers that can be easily loaded with rubbish by hand to compress a few kgs of waste, to huge compactors capable of processing 100s of kgs of waste autonomously. Have a sense of how much waste you produce, and contact Kenburn for advice on what models best suit your purposes. All scales of operation can benefit from the efficiency of waste disposal provided by waste compression, raising income, saving working time, and boosting green credentials.

How much can you save?


Waste compactors tend to reduce volumes of waste by about 5 times. This means about 5 times fewer waste collections. If you think about how much you currently spend on waste collections per year and divide that by 5, that’s roughly equivalent to how much you would save each year.


Balers and compactors take up considerably less space than bins and skips, freeing up space in your working environment for amenities your business needs.

What’s the right compactor for your business?

Hopefully this guide has given you a sense of the ways in which different balers and compactors adapt to your waste management needs. Contact Kenburn for a free audit of your business’ requirements. Their experts will be able to guide you to a waste management solution that’s right for you: making your business as green, efficient, and profitable as possible.