Sandra Wärenhed | 2023-01-24

At Orwak, we are proud to offer a comprehensive portfolio of waste compactors and balers that meet the demands of waste handling across multiple market segments. Our reliable, quiet and sophisticated compaction systems were designed to work for you. However, to understand the value that Orwak’s products provide, it’s important to understand the concept of compaction ratio.

What is compaction ratio?

Compaction ratio is a waste industry term that describes the reduction of waste and loose space provided by a compactor. It’s a crucial component to grasping the impact that trash compaction can have on your business’ bottomline.

More simply put, compaction ratio is a proportion that refers to the volume of compacted waste that can be placed in the same storage space occupied by non-compacted waste. For example, a 3:1 ratio would mean that a compactor is able to reduce 3 cubic yards of loose waste down to 1 cubic yard of compacted waste.

To calculate the compaction ratio, simply divide the volume of the loose trash by the volume of the compacted trash. You also should know the volume of the container it is placed in. That would be the length, width and height dimensions of the compactor or baler multiplied together, which would leave you with a cubic measurement value in feet or yards, for example.

Waste compaction is an excellent way to generate cost savings for your business due to the money you save on hauling fees, space requirements, labor and more. Once again, we can clearly see how compact truly is impact with facts and figures to back it up.

What are Orwak’s compaction ratios?

Now that you understand the concept of compaction ratio, let’s talk about our wide array of Orwak products and the impressive ratios of just some of our machines:


Our Orwak Flex product family, including the 5030, 5030-N HD and 5031, boast a compaction ratio up to 10:1. Even though these compact machines come with a small footprint and require little space, they still offer an incredibly high compaction ratio.


Our TOM product family, including the 1040 and Junior, has a compaction ratio of up to 7:1. The first thing you’ll notice about TOM is that it’s about the same size as a conventional waste bin, but what you can’t see is what’s most important – it compacts the waste it takes in and that allows for up to seven times the waste to be deposited before the bag is full and needs to be changed.

These are just a few of our innovative solutions to waste management. As you can see, though their footprints are often tiny, their impact is huge.

To check out the full design and function details for all of our product families, visit the product section or message us at with any questions.