Are you a business operator looking for energy-saving ways to “green” your business while enhancing efficiency in the workplace? Introducing BinPak – a new way for businesses to tackle waste management, recycling and composting throughout the operating line. Read more about BinPak via this great blog published by our awesome partners over at LEAF.

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BinPak, by Modern Waste Products, is one of LEAF’s newest Approved Suppliers. So what is it? BinPak is a greener, safer and more cost effective system to manage your waste and recycling, and it’s eligible for LEAF points!

Lee Cunningham, Director of Business Development for BinPak, says the idea came from a thought of how to improve a system that has been in place for many years and was antiquated in many ways. “Having a truck visit the same site multiple times a week, to a dumpster that was often not filled completely or filled with recycled products comprised mostly of air, was a waste of fuel. Watching people strain their backs to lift heavy bags of waste into a dumpster. Hearing stories of employees being attacked by bees or surprised by racoons. Seeing seagulls making a mess around a dumpster because the trash was overflowing or the lid had been left open.” After taking all this into consideration, the BinPak was created.

Save more, worry less

Those restaurants looking to reap some environmental and financial benefits (and these days, who isn’t?) will be interested to know that the BinPak has a compaction ratio of 6 to 1. This means that you can place up to 6 times the amount of waste in the same size foot print of your old waste bin and have up to 6 times less truck traffic. In most cases the front-lift garbage truck only needs to visit once every 2 or 3 weeks. The carbon footprint is reduced by almost 80%! The unit itself is made with the environment in mind, using recycled sheet metal in its production. When it comes to recyclables, this is where the BinPak really shines.

In a typical bin full of pop cans, coffee cups and plastic bottles, more than 75% of the volume is air! With BinPak you can compact all that air and truly fill your bin with over 15 times more recyclables than you did in the past. BinPak can also be used for compostables. In terms of management, it offers a lower and much more manageable load height of 24 inches that, in turn, reduces injuries to employees due to awkward lifting. By providing a sealed unit, those surprise encounters when opening a bin and finding a family of rodents or wasps are a thing of the past. Also, being a sealed unit, it reduces the offensive odour that is typically found in your waste area which helps to reduce the amount of money you spend on cleanup costs.

Instant return on investment through energy savings

The BinPak is different in that it was designed to be part of a system and not just a piece of equipment. “We took many factors in consideration and all revolving around the environment and overall cost. We were able to design a bin that is the same size as a standard 6 yard dumpster and takes up the same floor space, needs only a simple electrical connection, and is safe, economical, and nuisance free. Other compactors on the market focus more on compacting your waste. Considerations for the environment, overall cost, ergonomics and impact on operations are not fully considered.” says Cunningham. These pieces of equipment require a more intense set up process and often require a large frame to be bolted down to the concrete. They are also difficult to load as the opening is at the top of the container and sometimes require a staircase and utilize a large floor space area.

What is the typical cost investment and ROI? A typical investment for a BinPak unit is a $299/month for a 66 months rental period. Depending on your frequency of pickups and current fees for removal, Cunningham says they have customers that see an immediate return on their investment in positive cash flow.

Read more about starting up a recycling program at your business and check out these great energy-saving rebates that can reduce your energy consumption, and costs.

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