When the trash compactor was moved into the Collierville Public Services Transfer Station in the early 1980s, the Town of Collierville had a population of 7,839 residents. After decades of compacting garbage for a growing community, the equipment was retired over the weekend and replaced with a newer, 21st Century model to serve today’s 50,000 residents.
The project was planned many months ago, and approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in May of 2017. The new compactor became a higher priority when Ken Mauney, Fleet Services Manager, was called to make a structural repair at the station.
“He reported the compactor now has significant deterioration from its many years of continual use and is in a condition where it is likely to become inoperative within a year,” said Bill Kilp, Director of Public Services. “Because this is the Towns only garbage compactor, it is critical it not become inoperative beyond repair.”
Specifications were prepared by Public Service Staff, bids were taken, and the project was scheduled to be done over the Labor Day weekend.
The Town did not want to inconvenience Collierville residents. With sanitation collection running 10 hour days 4 days a week, the holiday weekend was an ideal time for the project. This allowed the process to start on a Friday with an extended weekend to finish the project – without interrupting sanitation services. Watch the previous trash compactor being taken out of the Transfer Station here.
“Based on the last several days of testing and use of the new compactor we have seen a significant increase in efficiency at the transfer station. With the combination of a faster packing cycle and larger capacity our time to unload has reduced from an average of 20-30 minutes per truck down to 5-10 minutes per truck,” said John Fox, Operations Manager.
The previous compactor took between 10-12 minutes to complete a packing cycle and the new compactor can complete the same cycle in 1 minute 45 seconds. The old compactor also had a smaller hopper. This required larger trucks to dump twice to prevent overloading the compactor. The new compactor has a larger holding capacity allowing the larger trucks to dump only once. With each of the Sanitation Division’s 5 primary trucks dumping an average of twice a day, the Town is saving approximately 3.5 daily man hours.
The Public Services Transfer Station is where as much as 100 tons of Garbage a day is dumped into the compactor from garbage truck, compacted into large transfer trailer trucks, and driven to a landfill in Walnut, Mississippi.
Pictured: The new garbage compactor was purchased from Stringfellow Equipment Inc. for $178,424. The compactor was built by Cram-A-Lot, J.V. Manufacturing Inc. and weighs 38,000 pounds.