Solid Waste & Recycling


Mechanizing the Task at Hand

Workplace health and safety is crucial to material handlers and their staff. An increasing number of public and private organizations are opting for mechanized or semi-automated container lifters and...

Workplace health and safety is crucial to material handlers and their staff. An increasing number of public and private organizations are opting for mechanized or semi-automated container lifters and tippers that improve productivity and reduce costly accidents. Organizations that embrace automation can reassign workers to more productive tasks with the knowledge that the remaining staff will experience a decrease in strain-related injuries, workers’ compensation claims and long-term disability.

Container handling is at the core of waste management and material processing operations. Material handling is essential to waste and recycling applications that deal with household waste and organics as well as post-consumer materials from municipal or commercial recycling programs. Whether it’s moving raw material within a manufacturing plant, loading recyclables for downstream processing, or collecting curbside refuse, the goal is efficiency, safety and productivity.

How can you help material handlers select the right lifter or tipper for their unique operations?

Material weight/density, cart capacity and dumping height are among the primary considerations when selecting truck-mounted or stationary lifters or tippers. With these basic considerations in mind, material handlers can confidently select container handling equipment for their operations using a handy Lifter or Tipper Configuration tool at

Sourcing container handling equipment is straightforward.

“We start backwards from the size or type of container you’re using and the weight of the material your handling,” says Alan Charky, sales and marketing director for Mississauga, Ontario-based Industrial Lifters, the North-American sales and marketing division of BDF Gingras (a well-known Canadian manufacturer of cart and container lifters and tippers). “Then what you have to select is which side of the truck the tipper will be mounted or in the case of an stationary lifter, whether it’s a stationary application or mounted on a compactor.”

“After that, all that’s left is the dumping height, which gives you a good idea of the type of tipper or litter that is needed,” Charky says, adding, “This sort of thing is helpful in simplifying equipment selection and decision making, and is new in our industry.”

“After logging on to the website, engineers, specifiers or just the plain curious can easily navigate our site and within minutes get all their information they need before they are ready to get in touch with us,” explains Charky.

As with any rule, exceptions exist.

“In some applications, non-standard containers are used. In that case the customer realizes that there are no standard products for his or her application, so before they call us they know this is going to be a custom job.”

“It’s good to understand things like lift capacity, material density/weight per volume, overhead restriction, dumping heights…most people might have a good feel for what they want, for how much material they need to lift,” Charky continues. “But this forces them to consider application constraints and to focus more on collecting all the critical information that’s needed in an organized fashion.”

Application constraints include factors like dumping height. Lifters have to be able to raise the material to the required hopper height of conveyors, shredders or processing equipment.

“Lift height requirements help us determine whether the client needs a standard cylinder lifter or one with a hydraulic motor. And if, in fact, they need to raise the material up to a certain height to discharge, the lifter obviously has to clear the overhead sprinklers. Also, sometimes there are space restrictions inside buildings where too large a footprint might interfere with day-to-day operations,” concludes Charky, adding that improvements to safety and productivity are never-ending and the company continues to innovate.

Contact Alan Charky at

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