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Listed below are answers to some frequently asked questions that we receive from our customers. Questions include baler and compactor installation, operation, sales, and preventative maintenance. For additional information please visit of our web pages  or contact us to speak with a customer service representative.

What is the difference between a compactor and a vertical baler ?

A vertical baler is a machine used to compress cardboard, plastic, metal, shrink wrap, and carpet scraps into compact rectangular bales for the purpose of recycling these materials. 


A compactor is a machine used to compress waste material in order to reduce the number of times a waste hauler must pick up and empty your waste container. By reducing the frequency of waste pickups, you can reduce the amount of pickup fees that you must pay to your waste hauler.


Why do I need a vertical baler when I already have a compactor or dumpster?

Recycled materials are a commodity that can be sold. Each bale of cardboard, plastic, aluminum cans or shrink wrap will generate revenue for your organization. Non-recycled materials cost you money to remove and should be reduced to a minimal amount. The weight of the trash collected combined with the number of times the trash is picked up for removal will be billed to your organization. By removing recycled content from your waste stream, you lower the weight and frequency of the trash being removed, lowering your waste removal cost as well as providing a revenue stream in the form of recycled commodities, which can be sold through the recycling market.

How do I operate a baler or compactor?

During the installation process, our installers will instruct you on how to operate your equipment.

How do I keep my baler or compactor in proper operating condition?

Balers and compactors are designed for many years of trouble free operation and come with a standard one year parts and labor warranty. Preventative maintenance programs are available in order to keep your machine running at maximum performance over the life of the machine. 


Are vertical balers hydraulic?

Yes, they are hydraulic powered.

What types of waste can be put into a compactor?

There are two distinct characteristics of materials that could be disposed of into an industrial waste compactor; wet waste and dry waste. Dry waste consists of things such as paper, plastic and textiles that are not able to be removed from the waste stream and recycled. Wet waste includes materials such as food wastes, typically produced in grocery stores, cafeterias or other industrial markets.

Which compactor should I choose if I only produce dry waste?

A stationary compactor handles dry waste. This unit is mounted to the ground and a waste container is attached to the unit. When the waste container is full, a waste hauler removes the can containing the waste, leaving the compactor behind. The waste container is then emptied and brought back to your location.

Which compactor should I choose if I produce wet waste or a mix of wet and dry waste?

Wet waste must be stored in a water tight unit called a self-contained compactor. These units allow the wet waste and any liquids to be collected within the self-contained compactor without spillage. When these units are full, a waste hauler will remove the entire unit, including the liquids contained within, and return the empty unit to your location.


How do I install my compactor or baler?

Installation should only be performed by a Northeast Tech Compaction professional. NTC employs a team of experienced installation experts that will survey your site to insure the proper fit to your site layout and then schedule the delivery and installation of your unit.

Do I have to purchase all of the equipment or can I rent it?

Northeast Tech Compaction offers both rental and purchase options on all equipment

Do you offer preventative maintenance programs that will help prevent future service repairs?

Setting up a preventative maintenance program is a proactive approach to ensure the performance of your equipment. It greatly reduces unforeseen service repairs and downed equipment. You can learn more about our preventative maintenance program here.

How quickly do you provide service?

Northeast Tech Compaction offers 24/7 emergency service. Our technicians show up fully prepared to get the job done and get your equipment up and running as quickly as possible.

If you have an addition question that we didn't answer or if you need a quote for service please contact us: 

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