If your business generates at least the equivalent of three 8-yard dumpsters being picked up once a week, there's a good chance investing in a compactor would be a more cost-efficient way of handling your waste. Compactors have the advantage of generating heavier waste loads, reducing the frequency of pickups and saving money on your trash bills.
Costs involved to your business for a compactor:
- monthly rental fees: a 3-year lease on a new 42-yard compactor can run about $400/month
- haul charge is defined by how far the truck has to go; typically you are looking at a minimum of about $170 per load
- disposal charge: this varies by area and runs between $45 - $75 per load
For example, if you choose a 42-yard compactor with a compaction rate of 4:1, it will hold the equivalent of 168 yards of waste, or 21 8-yard dumpsters. Adding up the average costs listed above, a once-a-month pickup will cost about $650.00. Take a look at your commercial trash bill. If you're paying more than that for service, you should look more closely at switching from a dumpster to a compactor. Be sure to read our tips on managing your compactor hauling fees to save even more money.
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