Mobile compactor serves multiple dumpsters – reduces waste volume up to 80 per cent
ROPAX Mobile Compactors from Epax Systems employ a rolling drum with sharp metal teeth to crush, macerate, tear, rip and compress waste in large open top containers/dumpsters. Because they are mobile, they are ideal for use at facilities with multiple dumpsters in a single location or spread across multiple locations on a property.
Prior to compaction, most containers have large voids and air pockets resulting in container utilization of only about 20 per cent of actual capacity. The ROPAX Mobile’s high compaction rate allows for significant improvement in utilization with rates as high as 80 per cent. This improvement means containers need to be replaced or emptied less frequently, resulting in less downtime, improved worker productivity and reduced waste hauling and disposal charges.
In operation, a worker simply drives the ROPAX Mobile up to the end of an open top container and deploys a two-ton rolling drum mounted on an articulating boom, which moves from one end of the container and back, crushing contents as it goes. Because operators can view the compaction process, they can determine how many crushing cycles are necessary before moving to the next container. The ROPAX Mobile is extremely maneuverable and is narrower than the containers it services, allowing it to operate in congested or confined spaces.
For operator comfort and safety, the cab is fully enclosed with available climate control. Forward and reverse travel is controlled by a joystick and steering is via conventional steering wheel. An ergonomically designed instrument panel puts all compaction controls, including an emergency e-stop, within easy reach.
An optional container transport hook can be mounted to the front of the unit to allow the ROPAX Mobile to be used for repositioning containers or transporting them to and from staging areas, eliminating the need for an additional truck.
The ROPAX Mobile provides effective compaction of a variety of items, including cardboard and other packaging, wood pallets and crates, cable reels, paper, film and foil, green waste, encapsulated polystyrene, household goods, light metals and other bulky items. Unlike other compactors, the ROPAX Mobile allows waste to be added to the container even during the compaction process. Alternative drum configurations including different teeth geometry or patterns are available to maximize compression rates based on the type of items disposed.
Stefan Nielsen, Vice President – Epax Systems, said, “All too often we see well-meaning employees actually get into a dumpster to move items around for better space utilization risking serious physical injury. This is something that should NEVER be done, and with a ROPAX there's never a need to do it.”