Manual rubbish compactors require physical pressure to be applied by hand to compact waste and make it easier to handle. Here we will explore what uses a manual compactor has, highlight the dangers present when using one, and compare it to other waste compaction machines that use photocell sensors.
Manual compactors come in a variety of forms and sizes, ranging from handheld use at a very small scale for items such as cans and bottles, to large models used to compact high volumes of waste such as cardboard, plastic, and metal in environments such as waste management facilities.
Although these manual compactors can be useful for reducing the volume of waste in a given environment, they pose several dangers when not used correctly. Using physical pressure to compress waste by hand can be hazardous, leading to injuries such as strains, sprains, tearing, or fractures. When overloaded, a manual compactor can become jammed and waste can become stuck, which has the potential to cause serious injury to the operator.
In waste compactors that operate without the need for manual operation, photocell sensors are used to measure the amount of waste being compacted. These sensors are typically optical or infrared to detect the waste volume automatically, making them generally safer to operate than manual compactors, which do not use photocell technology.
Proper caution and safety procedures should be followed when operating manual compactors in order to mitigate any injury that could be sustained. Photocell compaction machines will tend to be safer in the long run but are also more costly than manual compactors. Ultimately the choice will depend on the specific needs of the buyer in relation to their waste level.