Equipment

Shark compactor chomps through bulky waste

The Shark compactor is as tough and sturdy as the name suggests. Wood-framed furniture and hard plastics are no match for the compactor. Neither are softer, difficult to manipulate materials such as insulation bats and large pieces of cardboard.

For light, medium and high-density waste and recyclable materials, Wastech offers a solution to suit various situations with the Shark Compactor, which has recently been added to its inventory.

Wastech Engineering managing director Neil Bone told Inside Waste that the Shark Compactor is like no other compactor the company has in its portfolio.

“We build standard and non- standard waste compactors here, but bulky items have always been an issue. When we saw this over in Europe we jumped on it straight away,” Bone said.

“It’s a very powerful transportable compactor that can process large bulky items that would normally be thrown into an open bin.”

Wastech purchased the machine in September 2019, as the company saw a need for it in the Australian market.

The transportable compactor was designed by Danish manufacturer Shark Containers AS to handle large bulky waste in an easy-to-use moveable machine. Large bulky waste is loaded into a 5m3 bucket that lowers down from the front of the unit. When full, the operator starts the compaction cycle which raises the hopper up vertically into the mouth of the Shark. A 180-degree rotational blade then compacts the waste out of the hopper and into the container. Once compacted the hopper is lowered back down ready for the next load.

“We’ve never seen anything like it around the world,” Bone said.

“When we saw it, it was quite unique and certainty filled a problem in Australia.”

The Shark Compactor is ideal for use in a pop-up transfer station with electric or diesel powered options available. No civil works or saw tooth loading docks are required as users can hand load from ground level. An interlocked safety cage, surrounding the compaction area, allows safe loading of bulky items. It can be used to process washing machines and other large household items, plastic drums and various other difficult to handle materials.

Bone explained that the machine would be helpful to a variety of businesses – from companies that have large volumes of bulky waste, to councils that run hard garbage drop- off points.

“We also see it helping in rural areas that could use it as a pop- up transfer station. Traditionally, compactors in a transfer station are bolted to the ground, whereas with the Shark, you just put it on the ground – you don’t even need concrete,” Bone said.

The front of the machine folds down so that the user can easily load all waste into the compactor. Bone explained that this makes it easy for the user to lift the bulky materials in the compactor in a safe manor.

Wastech’s consultants work closely with clients to ensure they are getting the best out of their Shark Compactor – taking into consideration site, space, and what waste types the machine will process.

Wastech will be offering it as a fully maintained rental unit and Wastech technicians will conduct maintenance checks on the machines to ensure they are running to their full potential.

More information on the Shark Compactor can be sourced from Wastech, which offers this product and more, nationwide.