Need-to-Know Guide on Baler Advantages for Businesses

The commercial sector is under increasing pressure from Government to step up its waste management efficiency and recycling efforts. Additionally, with landfill costs on the rise and the current tricky economic landscape in general, it is now more than ever a priority to find ways to both save money and go Green.

Recycling balers are one of the easiest and most cost effective ways for businesses to ramp up their recycling and achieve savings on waste costs. Available in a range of models to suit individual needs, these machines effectively sort and compress waste into tidy bundles which can then be sold for extra revenue.

The following guide will explore how balers work and why they are the ideal solution for businesses both large and small.

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Balers versus Compactors

Many people think that balers and compactors are the same thing, however there is actually a marked difference between the two:

As their name denotes, compactors simply compress a mixed assortment of waste materials into a contained area, which a general waste collector then collects to send to landfill. With mixed waste, recyclables become contaminated, making them unsuitable for recycling into useful new products.

Balers in contrast allow recyclables to be sorted and separated from general waste, so they can be fed into the baling machine where they’re efficiently compressed into a small bundle that is bound securely for convenient handling. The bales can then be sold to recyclers - earning your business extra revenue, not to mention the savings you’ll make on skip fees and landfill costs.

Balers in a Nutshell

Loose waste material is fed into a baler via an opening located either at the top or side of the machine. This in-feed leads to a chamber where the material accumulates and is neatly compressed into a small bale, which is then bound by wire, plastic or string for easy handling and space saving waste disposal.

You can choose a stand-alone industrial baler, or opt for a model that is installed as part of a larger material handling process with conveyor systems and shredders – thus these machines are perfectly scalable and flexible to suit the individual needs of every business.

Additionally, recycling balers come in a range of models which tackle different types of waste streams, such as paper and cardboard or plastic and tin cans. You can even choose highly specialised balers that are capable of extracting oils and liquids from waste material, making it even more valuable for sale to recycling companies.

Baler Buying Considerations

The two main types of balers – horizontal and vertical relate to the way that waste material is fed into the machine and how it travels through to a completed bale, which had bearing on different business requirements:

Horizontal Balers – these machines have an opening at the side, allowing loose materials to be fed into one end for compacting and automatically flow to the other end where the finished bale is ejected.

You would opt for one of these models if your business needs to tackle larger load capacities, and they also have the benefit of offering convenient automated functions such as feed through and binding. Horizontal balers tend to take up more floor space however, so they will not be ideal for sites that have very limited space restrictions.

Vertical Balers – these models have an opening at the top of the machine where waste material is loaded. After the compression process, the finished bale will need to be manually unloaded (rather than automatically exiting as with horizontal balers).

Since these are smaller single load machines, vertical recycling balers are perfect for firms which have tight space limitations. They are also ideal Vertical balers are also ideal for businesses that frequently produce waste which is relatively light in density and volume. Because they require manual unloading, these types of balers are not highly suited to large companies producing heavy waste materials.

Size – once you’ve chosen either a horizontal or vertical industrial baler to suit your business needs, you’ll also have to consider the right model size for perfect suitability. Large balers produce large bales, which means that waste streams need to be fed-in less frequently for compression which results in less labour time. On the other hand, a smaller business would not need a large model, since it will tend to produce lighter waste loads.

Add-ons – reputable baler suppliers offer a range of extras to make baler processing even easier than it already is. For example, companies that produce large, heavy waste streams would benefit from automatic in-feed of loose material and baling auto-tie.

Why Industrial Balers are a Business Must-Have

In a nutshell, these are the major advantages that balers bring to businesses of every size:

  • Recyclables can be efficiently separated from general waste so that they are not contaminated and will therefore reach a higher price when sold to recycling companies.
  • By compressing waste and making it more stackable, significant space is freed up on site, plus skip fees will be greatly reduced.
  • Minimise landfill tax costs.
  • Balers reduce labour requirements and reduce the need for large companies to pay for powered equipment such as pallet jacks and lift trucks.
Conclusion

Unlike compactors which simply compress mixed waste, balers are a fuss-free recycling solution to boost your company’s Green credentials while earning your business extra revenue by making your sorted waste streams valuable to recycling companies. Additionally, your firm will save a bundle on skip and landfill costs, meaning that whether you choose to buy or rent, recycling balers will pay for themselves in no time.

 

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