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WEST-Pak is dedicated to providing a cleaner and more efficient way to handle waste.  Sometimes, our efforts to be greener in the environment run up against the need to be greener on the bottom line.  It should never cost more to be environmentally friendly.  But today, we won't be focusing on the bottom line green.


So, how does compaction actually make the environment better?  


Fewer Hauls Means Fewer Emissions.

According to this study in 2002 the average garbage truck gets less than 3 miles per gallon.  Now, a roll-off truck used to pick up 20 - 40 yard containers does better at roughly 6 miles per gallon.  Using a downtown boise business as an example, the round trip to the landfill is over 18 miles.  3 gallons of diesel fuel are consumed to dump one load.  If the truck visits once per week, that adds up to 156 gallons of fuel and emissions..  Compaction reduces trips by an average of 4:1.  Using the same truck, picking up that load every 4 weeks will burn only 39 gallons of fuel.  Saving approximately 2,618.46 pounds of carbon emissions per year.If you container is hauled more often than once per week, the environmental savings add up quickly.


Enclosures Contain Smells.

Let's face it, waste (and recycling at times) sticks.  Those smells come from the natural breakdown of many things we always throw out.  Those smells result in emissions to our environment.  The enclosed containers of all compaction equipment reduces how noticable those smells and emissions are.


Keep Wildlife Out.

Being based in Boise, ID, there are frequently stories of wildlife following the rivers into town and rummaing through the open waste containers for food.  Enclosed compactors keep wildlife out of the waste stream.  Vermin, cats, and birds,that would enter a dumpster (and potential be hauled off with it) won't be able to get into a compactor.  


These are just a few of the environmental benefits of waste compaction.  We look forward to working with your company on your waste and recycling initiatives and needs.