Thanks to BinPak, Life at Tim Hortons is Safer, Cleaner & Easier

Hagersville, ON – There are few busier spots in any Canadian town than a Tim Hortons restaurant. This is particularly so in Hagersville, Ontario, where the busiest of Shaun Salverda’s six Tim Hortons franchises is located.

On the coldest day of the year in Hagersville, Ontario, Tim Hortons’ team member Jennifer Davey finds taking the garbage out to be a much easier task thanks to the BinPak self-contained garbage compaction bin.

On the coldest day of the year in Hagersville, Ontario, Tim Hortons’ team member Jennifer Davey finds taking the garbage out to be a much easier task thanks to the BinPak self-contained garbage compaction bin.

Team members are kept hopping just meeting the coffee, doughnut and sandwich needs of a hungry clientele, often lined up inside the restaurant all the way to the front door, if not bumper to bumper in the drive-thru lane snaked around the outside of the building. With the required procedures, protocol and just plain hard work of serving the customer, the last thing the busy Hagersville team employees need any day are problems associated with a task as secondary as putting out the trash. This, says Salverda, made this particular Tim Hortons location ideal to test the benefits of the BinPak self-contained garbage compaction bin.

From a health and safety standpoint, BinPak’s already proven to be a winner in Hagersville only eight months in, says Salverda. “We’ve eliminated the possibility of anyone getting hurt lifting a bag of garbage over top and into a bin that’s five feet high,” he explains. Prior to the installation of a BinPak on the site last May, employees taking out garbage to the traditional bin, had to reach over their heads to lift the heavy lid. Then they had to step back and swing the heavy bags just to get them up, over and in.

“I used to do that, and it was hard,” says young employee Jennifer Davey, who herself stands just over five feet tall. “This is much easier.”

Manufactured by Modern Waste Products of Woodstock, Ontario, the sealed BinPak unit is not loaded from the top as are traditional refuse bins. There is a front door located about two feet off the ground. “It’s much easier to place a large bag of garbage into that, instead of trying to throw it over your head,” says Salverda, emphasizing that the staff’s welfare was the major motivator in adding the BinPak unit. “With this, anybody can take out the garbage.”

Timesaver.
The ergonomic benefit of loading the BinPak from the front is enhanced by the Hagersville staff’s use of a four-wheeled wagon, which sits outside the restaurant’s back door until it is filled with about 10 bags of garbage. It is then easily wheeled by a team member to the BinPak. The bags can be loaded by one employee and then, with the press of a button, they are compressed. This process can occur up to three times during a busy day shift, and up to five times per 24 hours, says Salverda. No doubt, he adds, it’s a vast improvement over his staff formerly trying to lug three or four bags at once across the parking lot, only to then have to heave them up and over. This reduces the number of trips to the bin by up to 60%.

Initially, according to Product Representative David Carr, the Hagersville location was not achieving the ideal compaction ratio of about 6:1, but that has been enhanced with the introduction of dewatering units designed for this type of application. Placed at each work station behind the restaurant’s counter and located right beside the garbage, the units drain water from the coffee grounds which reduces the weight and volume of what is disposed of inside the restaurant.

The BinPak product offers a simple solution for private industry food operators or Municipalities in parks and public venues. Garbage issues and challenges like odours, bees, rodents are minimized and virtually eliminated.

The BinPak product offers a simple solution for private industry food operators or Municipalities in parks and public venues. Garbage issues and challenges like odours, bees, rodents are minimized and virtually eliminated.

Compared to a vertical compactor or cardboard recycling baler, “the compaction ratio is higher with BinPak because it is a completely sealed unit,” says Carr. “The waste has nowhere to go but up against itself and ram up against the lid. A vertical compactor has a space between the ram and the waste in the bin.”

The BinPak at the Tim Hortons in Hagersville is powered by a buried electrical line that runs from a panel at the back of the restaurant, around the lot’s perimeter, to the bin site. During the installation, there was no disruption to the parking area or drive-thru. After eight months of use, the actual use of power has been minimal, says Salverda. “I try to monitor the bills and I couldn’t see any difference.”

Make no mistake, though, he says, this is first and foremost a matter of health and safety for a team comprised of people of various ages and physical conditions. “They really like it,” says Manager Vicki Schouten, herself a 20-year employee. “It’s way easier and it’s definitely way more convenient.”

BinPak Takes The Sting Out of Serving Coffee!
Beyond the issues associated with staff lifting and hauling heavy garbage bags, the potential for active rodents and bees as well as odours associated with exposed food refuse has almost been eliminated with the self-contained BinPak.

“I would have to suit up just to go outside to take the garbage out in warm weather because some people got stung here,” says Davey. “This is so much easier. It closes all the garbage in safely.” Some staff members are allergic to bees, making the threat of stings an even more serious concern as an employer, says Salverda.

“In our business, everything is very complex,” he says, “but the BinPak product is not. It’s easy to use for anybody here. The training is very simple.” Team members, in a matter of minutes, are up to speed on how to unlock the solid fence around the BinPak, open the BinPak front door, load in the garbage bags, secure the BinPak door, press the button to start the compaction process, and then close and lock the gate. “I don’t think that any one of our staff members could ever hurt themselves using the BinPak,” says Salverda. “It’s very easy for me as a responsible restaurant owner to say, Go ahead, get one in, and start using it that very day. Your staff will appreciate the simplicity and you will see a neater, cleaner establishment.”

For more information about Modern Waste Products and the BinPak product line, contact:

Mark Hanson
Modern Waste Products
622 Dundas Street, Suite 306
Woodstock, Ontario
N4S 1E2
Phone: 519-533-5333
Fax: 519-533-5335
Email: info@mwproducts.ca
www.mwproducts.ca