With many schools across the U.S struggling to keep costs down and enrollment up, it is a great time for the school’s maintenance and custodial team to look at new ideas for waste management and recycling. Installing the right equipment will not only save money on waste hauling, but also help the school be more environmentally-concious, which many of today’s families want to see. Here are some recycling and waste management solutions that schools could easily implement.
Recycling and Waste Management Equipment Ideal for Schools
SmartPack Trash/Recycling Compactors in Cafeterias or Concession Areas – Wherever students and families gather for lunch or sporting events, there will also be trash. One way to combat the trash is with the SmartPack Automatic Trash Compactor. The SmartPack looks like a typical trash bin, like you would see in a Mall or Fast Food Restaurant. But the difference is that it compacts your waste “at the source”, resulting in 8x less trash liners and emptying. For maximum impact, The SmartPacks can also be positioned in pairs – one for trash and for for recycling.
Stainless Steel Indoor Trash Compactor – An Indoor Stainless Steel Trash Compactor like the 300SS Stainless Steel Power Packer is often used in a kitchen or maintenance area where people have easy access to throw trash away, without having to go outdoors. One nursing home who recently installed the 450SS in their garage area, has a cost savings of over $900 a month on waste hauling (read more here).
Vertical Baler for Recycling Cardboard Boxes – Unfortunately, many schools around the country are mixing their cardboard with the trash! Cardboard is easily recyclable and can be a revenue generator. A vertical baler can be used to compact the cardboard for easy storage and transport, before recycling. There are many different types of vertical balers that would work great in a school setting because of their small footprint, but big capacity, such as the M30HD Vertical Baler. If more schools used a cardboard baler, they would further reduce their trash hauling expense, but also realize an additional revenue source as they find buyers for the cardboard bales.
Outdoor Trash Compactor – Instead of typical trash dumpsters that can be overflowing with everything from food waste to cardboard and cafeteria waste to recyclables, an outdoor trash compactor like the Award-Winning P200 Trash Compactor can be utilized. The result would be minimal trash, taking up minimal space – and your waste hauling bill would shrink!
Imagine school being in session without the need for such frequent expensive waste hauler pickups! With the combination of cost savings for less waste hauling and revenues from cardboard recycling both big and small schools can notice a significant difference! As funding becomes available at your school, consider one or more of these recycling and waste management equipment options. The investment now will save the school money in the future, and help your school practice more earth-friendly management of trash and recycling.