What NOT to put in your PTR Compactor
Our last blog post explained the similarities and differences between Stationary and Self-Contained Compactors. Now, we’re going to delve into another important issue: what not to put in your trash compactor.
PTR compactors are an extremely effective method of compressing and reducing waste, which saves your organization costly trips to the landfill, and in turn decreases your carbon footprint. There are a few rules to keeping your compactor running optimally and greatly limiting the chances of operator injury. Downtime and injuries are productivity killers and eat away at your company’s bottomline. Prevent them by following these key guidelines and thoroughly training all staff to do the same.
DONT #1: LIMBS
Employees should be instructed to never, under any circumstances, put their hands, arms or legs into the trash compactor. There have been critical injuries occur each year due to improper use of waste compactors. It’s imperative operators understand to never place limbs inside the compactor. Instead, there should be an appropriate tool that can be used to reach inside the compactor in the event that something needs to be retrieved out of it.
DON’T #2: BATTERIES & TOXIC MATERIALS
Putting batteries into the compactor contaminates the rest of the waste inside, due to the fact that batteries contain highly toxic contents. They must be disposed of separately. Any other toxic substances, liquids or biohazard material needs to be disposed of according to their own safety guidelines.
DON’T #3: AEROSOL SPRAYS
Aerosol sprays are also very dangerous to place inside a trash compactor. When compressed, the spray can may combust. It’s not only a major safety risk, but it could lead to severe damage to the equipment as well. Even small aerosol spray cans should not go in the compactor.
DON’T #4: FLAMMABLE MATERIALS
Keep all flammable materials far away from your trash compactor. Even a small chance something may explode inside the compactor is not worth the risk. Always err on the side of caution and dispose of flammable materials separately, in the proper manner.
DON’T #5: LIQUID
Liquid waste is ok for Self- Contained compactors, however, they’re ideally made for wet waste, or waste that creates liquid when compressed. The separate container will collect this liquid. If the substance is completely in liquid form from the start, ideally it should be disposed of directly into a liquid trash receptacle.
If you have any questions about the proper use of your PTR compactor, reach out to your Account Manager directly, or contact customer service.
PTR Compactors: Self-Contained or Stationary?
Many businesses benefit greatly from utilizing a PTR compactor to manage their waste. The two most commonly used types of compactors are Self-Contained and Stationary. They both accomplish basically the same main goal- compress, and in turn minimize, your organizations waste output. This means reduced collection costs and less frequent hauls to the landfill. These benefits are not only cost-saving to your company, but help you reach sustainability goals, as well- fewer trips to the landfill mean less carbon emissions.
MORE COMPACTOR BENEFITS INCLUDE
- Odor control
- Decreases fire hazards
- Less insects and rodent issues
- Saves critical floor space
- Makes work environment cleaner and therefore safer and more sanitary
- Improves appearance of your facility
- Greatly increases efficiency
- Reduces likelihood of scavengers or unauthorized persons accessing your trash
Now that we’ve discussed the similarities between Self-Contained and Stationary compactors, let’s talk about the differences.
Generally, this type of compactor is used for granulated or wet waste. If the waste material your typically dealing with creates liquid when it’s compacted, a Self-Contained machine is the way to go. The compactor has a container attached to it that collects all the liquid, so it can be properly disposed of. PTR compactors have leak guard so you can rest-assured you won’t have any unwanted messes to clean up.
These compactors may be ideal for restaurants, hospitals, malls, movie theaters, supermarkets and food processors.
If your organization deals with mostly dry waste, a Stationary compactor would be the best choice for you. This would be ideal for material that’s not recyclable (that’s where a PTR Vertical Baler would come into play). If the material is truly non-recyclable, this is the best way to properly dispose of it and minimize it’s impact on the environment.
Stationary compactors, like the name suggests, are not easily moved and are anchored to the ground where they are places. So, be sure to consider all your options prior to installation. Our experts can help make sure you choose the ideal location.
Government institutions, universities, apartment buildings, waste haulers, clothing and merchandise chains and more are among the organizations who would find a Stationary machine ideal. We can even customize your compactors paint to match your branding! Check out our blog on customization here.
Contact us to learn more about our waste equipment, and what makes PTR different from other baler and compactor manufacturers.
Sustainable, Safe, Smart – PTR’s Rebuilt Program
If you are looking to kick off a successful recycling program at your organization, but budgets are tight, a certified pre-owned baler may be ideal for you. Or, you may have an aging baler that’s beginning to incur high maintenance costs, or just isn’t performing optimally any longer. If this is the case, but your budget won’t allow for a brand new replacement machine, certified pre-owned might be the answer for you. Here’s another major money saving plus – because we have rebuilding facilities across the United States, freight costs are kept to a minimum.
Our Rebuilt Balers are certified pre-owned vertical recycling balers that have been completely refurbished and fully inspected. Not only are is it the most cost-effective solution, they’re also the “greenest” way to go. By using a refurbished baler, you’re using a recycling piece of equipment.
Units are hand-picked and must fit a number of criteria in order to qualify for the Rebuilt program.
- • Units must be less than 15 years old
- • No structural defects
- • Pass a 52 point inspection process
- • Pass our OEM standards for machine quality
Once approved, the baler is thoroughly reconditioned by our AWS certified welders and all electrical, mechanical and hydraulic issues are addressed and fixed. Additionally, old wear parts are replaced with OEM certified parts, hydraulic old is drained and refilled with fresh oil and moving parts are greased. Finally, the baler is given a full cleaning, fresh coat of paint and new safety stickers.
When you purchase a PTR Rebuilt Baler, you’re getting all the best of PTR. Expert engineering and design, quality workmanship and all the safety features you’ve come to expect from PTR equipment. You can learn more about the capabilities of our various baler models here.
We also offer a rebuilt program for our self-contained and stationary compactors. All rebuilt balers and compactors come with a standard 90 day limited parts/labor warranty.
Whether it’s a brand new baler or a certified pre-owned, you’ll experience all the same benefits of being able to divert material from your waste stream. Your baler creates a dense bale of material that is a valuable recycling commodity. You save with less trips to the landfill, and in turn lower your carbon emissions.
All in all, our Rebuilt Program is:
It’s just smart. Suggest a PTR certified pre-owned Rebuilt Vertical Baler for your organization today. Our customer representatives are happy to answer any of your questions. Call (800) 523-3654 or click here to send us an email.
The Compact, Yet Powerful 420HD Series Baler
If you have a small to mid-sized facility, we have the baler for you.
We have a baler solution to fit your needs and facility size, no matter how large or small! PTR recycling baler models 324HD, 360HD and 420HD are great options for those with less space to work with. Here are the bale width for each model:
- Model 324HD (24″)
- Model 360HD (36”)
- *NEW* Model 420HD (42”)
BALER SPOTLIGHT: THE 420HD
The 420HD is a compact, yet powerful machine has been specifically engineered for applications with limited space or budget. The 420HD Series has all of the key safety features that make PTR the leader in the vertical baler industry. Easily, quickly and safely bale cardboard, plastic P.E.T. bottles, aluminum cans, paper and more. What was once waste is now valuable recycling commodity for your organization, creating a new revenue stream.
This model provides the heaviest bale out of the 3 models- 200 – 400 Lbs, while still fitting easily in a compact space.
This Vertical Downstroke Baler Model is ideal for:
- Retail Chains
Regardless of the size of your operation, a PTR recycling baler can help you stay on track with your sustainability goals. A recycling baler keeps floor space clear of debris – this make your facility safer for your backroom employees and allows you to maximize the space you have. Below is a quick snapshot of the specs for the 420HD:
Recycle Right, Right Now
Being eco-conscious is increasingly important for businesses and consumers alike. There are many small things we can do that make a big difference. Recycling is arguably the easiest and hopefully, you’re already doing it at home. But, what are your company’s sustainability practices?
Effective waste management can make or break corporate sustainability goals. Organizations must be focused on their landfill contributions and carbon footprint. Less waste equates to fewer trucks hauling waste to landfills, and in turn less pollution-causing emissions. It also results in major savings for your company, since your transport fees will decrease.
Implementing sustainability policies is essential, and utilizing a recycling baler plays a significant role. Recycling Balers divert an array of materials including cardboard, newspaper, paper cartons, aluminum cans, electronic waste, plastics, textiles and more. You’ll see an overall waste reduction and lower your carbon footprint, all the while creating a healthier internal environment. Not to mention, it creates an additional revenue stream by turning what was once trash into valuable recyclable commodities.
In the United States, the vast majority of products are shipped in corrugated packaging. Recycling materials such as cardboard is key in resource conservation. Incredibly, recycling just one ton of cardboard saves about 46 gallons of oil. It’s estimated that the amount of cardboard disposed of each year is equal to the amount of energy needed to heat 5o million homes for 20 years- a truly mind-blowing fact!
And, when you’re running your air conditioning during these hot summer days, consider this: recycling 6 aluminum cans equates to 1 hour of running an air conditioner.
Remember, recycling correctly is critical. Recycle thoughtfully, whether you’re at work or at home.
At PTR, it’s always been our mission to help organizations go greener and meet their sustainability goals. When you invest in a PTR baler or compactor, you invest in a healthier world. Ready to start reaching new sustainability goals at your company? Contact PTR today.
Baler Spotlight: The PTR 5000HD
The Powerful PTR 5000HD Recycling Baler
Over the last several months during the Coronavirus pandemic, grocery stores and other retailers have kicked operations into overdrive. Demand quickly skyrocketed, and stores and suppliers faced the challenge of keeping up with that rising demand. Meanwhile in the recycling industry, the health crisis has certainly caused a different kind of disruption. That’s why now more than ever, it’s critical for warehouses and recycling centers to be operating at optimal levels.
The PTR 5000HD is a true powerhouse baler. This rugged, high-density, heavy duty vertical baler is ideal for large, industrial warehouses and recycling centers, who require serious reliability and strength. It’s is capable of baling the following recyclable materials:
- Newspaper & Office Paper
- Paper Cartons
- Aluminium Cans
- Textiles & Clothing
- Foam & Rugs
- White Goods (appliances)
- Non-Ferrous Metals
The 5000HD produces bale weights up to 1,400 Lbs, with an average cycle time of just 54 seconds. Speed and safety are two of our primary focuses when designing our balers. Both are needed in order to have the most efficient backroom operations, maximizing productivity and limiting downtime. Click here to download the full spec sheet.
The Triple Safety Switch is a fantastic safety feature of our PTR recycling balers. It’s comprised of a foot pedal, door switch & concealed proximity switch, which ensures safe and proper access. This feature can not be bypassed. Check out this blog post to learn more about the Triple Safety Switch of other safety features of of the PTR PLC Control Panel. These features all work together to make PTR balers the safest on the market.
If you’re looking to further streamline your facility operations, consider our Baler Conveyor. It’s compatible with the 5000HD, as well as the 2300HDX and 7200HD. To learn more about how our Baler Conveyor works and improves safety, click here.
As with any of our balers, compactor, or accessory pieces of waste and recycling equipment, you’ll receive a best in class warranty and 24/7 service and support available throughout the country. The standard warranty includes a 1 year parts & labor full unit, 2 years major components parts only, and 3 years structural parts only.
Trust The Most Reliable Supply Chain
Don’t Risk Delays!
Right now, you need reliable, fast service – whether it’s equipment installation, parts delivery, or machine maintenance or repair. Because PTR balers and compactors are built right here in the United States, that’s exactly what we can offer you. Today, the U.S. supply chain is the most reliable there is. Don’t risk delays by purchasing your waste and recycling equipment from our competitors, who are likely still waiting for their shipment to arrive from overseas.
When you choose PTR, you’re choosing top quality, American-made machines. We produce our balers and compactors locally, and it’s subject to our robust and uncompromising quality control practices. Your equipment is ordered, delivered, installed and ready to get to work for you- all while our competition is still waiting to restock. Our reputation for quality control is unmatched, so you know you’re getting the best equipment in the industry.
80% First Time Completion RateWhen you call us for service, we’re typically able to finish the job on our first time out. Our highly trained experts diagnose & resolve the issue, getting you up and running fast. By using another company, you run the risk of extending machine downtime and hindering overall productivity.We have the expertise. We have the OEM parts. We have the manpower. Call PTR to get the job done right, the first time!
Need Parts Fast?OEM Parts for balers, compactors, cart tippers and more are available 24/7 on Parts.PTRco.com
- Hydraulic, electrical, mechanical parts & more.
- Competitive pricing.
- OEM Certified.
- Docks & doors, labels, decals, manuals, baling wire hardware are also available.
We offer Parts “How To” videos on our YouTube page, providing you comprehensive instructions. Click here to view our video gallery.
When you need to get up and running fast, you need PTR!
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Join the PTR Philadelphia Team!
Now Hiring: Quality Control Inspector
At PTR Baler and Compactor, we consider our workforce our most valuable asset. We’re seeking a motivated, organized professional who can uphold our dedication to quality at our Philadelphia facility. This position is ideal for a recent college or technical school graduate, looking to kick-start their career.
See the job description below and it you think you’d be a good fit, send your email resume and cover letter to email@example.com. To learn more about our company mission and culture, visit bit.ly/PTR_Career.
PTR is searching for a Quality Control Inspector to join the team at our Philadelphia facility. PTR Baler and Compactor is a world leader in the waste equipment industry. We are a 4th generation, family-owned company that prides itself on quality and innovation. Our mission is to help companies achieve their green initiatives by reducing waste streams and increasing recycling efforts.
• Inspect finished capital equipment to ensure ongoing quality products are delivered to PTR customers.
• Maintain and document quality control inspections.
• Create and maintain spreadsheets related to quality control.
EDUCATION & SKILL REQUIREMENTS
• High School graduate with post-secondary education such as A.S. or Technical Certification preferred.
• Prior experience in performing QC inspections in a manufacturing environment preferred.
• Prior experience and knowledge of general OSHA safety standards and ANSI preferred.
• Ability to read and interpret blueprints and electrical schematics required.
• Knowledge of metal fabrication and related print specifications.
• Experience and or knowledge of welding applications, industrial electrical panel, industrial paint processes is preferred.
• Strong familiarity with GMAW processes and standards as defined by AWS to ensure accurate inspections of multiple welds. *Prior or current certification
and/or inspector status preferred.
• Strong computer proficiency with MS Suite: Excel, Outlook, Word
• Detail oriented and organized.
At PTR, we consider our workforce our most valuable asset. We strive to provide top notch compensation and benefit programs to allow PTR employees to protect their personal and financial health, prepare for their futures, and create peace of mind. We proudly offer:
• Salary-based on experience ($45k-$55k)
• Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
• Life Insurance
• 401k w/ profit sharing and Matching
• Discretionary bonus
• 10 Paid Holiday (Eligible Immediately)
Thank you for your interest in PTR!
Getting You Up & Running Again- FastWhen we get your OEM Parts order, we start working immediately to get it shipped to you as fast as possible. We know how important limiting machine downtime is to overall productivity. We pride ourselves on our unbeatable speed of parts delivery. In fact, parts are often shipped out the very same day as order placement. One phone call or email is all it takes to get the job started. Our skilled technicians diagnose & resolve the issue, getting you up & running fast. We have the expertise. We have the OEM parts. We have the manpower. Call PTR to get the job done right, the first time.FOR SERVICE• email firstname.lastname@example.org• call (800) 523-1155
OEM Parts for balers, compactors, cart tippers and more are available 24/7 on Parts.PTRco.com
All baler and compactor parts are backed by our comprehensive one year replacement warranty.
- Hydraulic, electrical, mechanical parts & more.
- Competitive pricing.
- OEM Certified.
- Docks & doors, labels, decals, manuals, baling wire hardware are also available.
Have you signed up to receive the PTR Parts Catalog yet? The new catalog will include a comprehensive guide to all OEM Certified Replacement Parts including hydraulic, electric and mechanical parts. Other necessary items, such as safety decals and protective gear, are also featured. It also includes helpful wiring diagrams, Baler & Compactor decal placement drawings and maintenance tips. Sign up here to receive your copy!
Thank You to All PTR’s Essential Workers
We’d like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the essential workers who are involved with our company. From the truck drivers, to our factory workers and those that complete the installs – thank you! Because of you, PTR is able to still serve the needs of our customers across the United States.
We know how challenging the current circumstances are. Yet, every day, you put the same amount of hard work and dedication as always, and for that you deserve to be recognized. We appreciate all of your efforts!
PTR works will many baler and compactor installation companies across the country. Proper installation, along with smart, high quality design, is key to optimally functioning waste and recycling operations. We work with only expert installers to ensure the job is done right. We have professional installers located throughout the nation, so whether you have a new or existing facility, we can schedule an installation to fit your needs.
To learn more about PTR Installations and access equipment installation forms, visit the Installations page of our website.