Balers are often integral to a company’s recycling program. Balers are industrial compacting machines that turn recyclables into blocks in order to be easily stacked and transported. These units can be an asset to businesses of any size and type due to the many benefits associated with their use, but not all balers are right for every business.
These machines help pack large amounts of recyclable material into a more compact shape, allowing easier storage and shipment. Smaller companies can benefit from not having to invest as much in other areas of waste management, such as collection bins. Additionally, larger businesses may be able to make some money by selling large quantities of recyclables to recycling companies. Companies such as retailers, restaurants, hospitals, and theme parks are ideal candidate businesses to implement a baler.
Types of Balers
There are three general types of balers. Vertical balers are designed for facilities that process a small number of materials to be baled. Typically, vertical balers have a much smaller output with a bale size of up to 1000 pounds. These balers are most commonly found in retailers where cardboard is the main material being baled. Horizontal balers are typically used in higher production settings, such as distribution facilities, recycling centers or material recovery facilities. They are best for companies that produce more than 100 tons of recyclables per month. While the vertical baler can usually produce one bale an hour, a horizontal baler can produce thirty bales an hour. They utilize greater thrust to compress the materials and the bales are automatically tied vs. manually tied on the vertical balers. For many facilities, these larger balers are not the optimal solution due to their price tag and space requirements. Instead, mini-balers may provide a solution to bring this technology to more companies.
The third type of baler is the mini-baler. While mini-balers do not have the capacity and crushing power of the larger balers, they are better able to handle smaller volumes of easily bale-able recyclable materials. For example, small cardboard boxes, plastic shrink wrap, and aluminum cans are each easier to bale than scrap metal. If your business is primarily recycling small volumes of cardboard boxes and plastic wrap, you likely do not need a vertical or horizontal baler within your operations. Some businesses are opting for mini-balers to handle their recyclables due to the numerous benefits and flexibilities they offer in comparison to the mini-baler’s larger counterparts.Schedule Consultation