Choosing the Right Baler

Business owners are often faced with the dilemma of what type of recycling and waste equipment will be the most beneficial to their business.

There are many factors they should consider when choosing the equipment that is the best solution for their company’s waste and recycling needs.

Their decision for a baler should be based on several factors, being:-

  • The volume and type of material produced to be handled, Weekly / Monthly
  • The volume will equate to the weight produced – if you don’t know you can ask the waste contractor for details or we can help work this out for you – as volume will dictate size of equipment suitable without becoming labour intensive.
  • How much space does the current waste occupy – where do you store the current waste (loose/inside a waste container) and what is the frequency of collections – by having a baler can the size of the container or frequency of collections be reduced.
  • If the waste was compacted into a baled format (i.e. a cube) how much could be stored, as the amount of money potentially available for the material will be dependent on transport costs (i.e. if you store more = get more £) paid for the material recycled.
  • Do you have a suitable power supply near the area you want to segregate & bale
  • Can improvements be made internally due to handling the waste produced at source, i.e. housekeeping/cleanliness/reduced fire risks etc, etc.

Don’t Throw It All Away – Recycle!

Perhaps the most important consideration is that not all waste is invaluable.  Many materials can be recycled for potentially additional revenue, including aluminium, cardboard, plastics, PET, textiles and paper. If you are not currently recycling these materials, you are actually losing money in two ways.  Not only do you not receive the income from the recycled material, you are also paying the extra costs to have it taken away (You can be assured that someone else is recycling chain is segregating the material for profit after it leaves your waste container!).

To recover that lost revenue, there are many different baler models designed for several diverse applications.  All businesses should have a proactive recycling plan to sort out these valuable commodities prior to baling them.

Vertical Baler
Vertical Baler
Horizontal Baler
Horizontal Baler

Choosing a Baler – Vertical or Horizontal?

Businesses should consider:-

The floor space available, what is the recyclable material to be baled, volume of material, and desired bale weights in selecting their baling equipment. 

Each baler comes with specifications in these areas.

For example, for smaller operations wanting to recycle cardboard/plastics Waste Handling Solutions Ltd “Mini or Mini Twin” Baler provides the power and functionality needed, while taking up minimal floor space.  In comparison, with larger applications and larger bale weights, many retail chains rely on the SAM Vertical Mill Size 4-500kg range. 

For larger clients in say the manufacturing or the retail distribution chain, then the larger – Semi – Automatic Horizontal Balers will fit the bill, as these have a large loading aperture and can be fed automatically to handle larger volumes as needed. However, once at a given threshold, a fully automatic baler will become cost effective, when compared to the cost of an operative tying off the bales continuously – we can assist with this element to help you identify your current position. The life and durability of the equipment will be extended if it is used to bale the material weights it was designed to create.

Compacting Remaining Waste

Once you have sorted out your recyclable material, it is important to consider the quantity, type, and location of your remaining waste.  Compaction has proven to be the most environmentally sound and financial responsible solution to manage waste . There are 2 types of compaction systems available, with either Static Compactors (i.e. bolted to the floor) which is operated on a service exchange basis for the attached container (idela for dry mixed waste products) or a Portable Compactor, which as the name suggests can be removed from site for emptying, but will handle most types of waste products, including liquid / wet / food products.

Compacted waste takes up less space, helps with pest control, eliminating odour and reducing transport frequency (i.e. second biggest cost next to disposal costs) Choosing a compactor should be based on the type of waste being compacted, the locations and space available, and the amount of waste produced by the business. 

Compactor & Baler Search – Where to Start

Knowing the key factors to equipment selection is important, but many people don’t understand model numbers, industry terms, or simply don’t have the time to search every website to find their solution.  People need a recycling and waste equipment resource they can count on to assist them in their search, which is where we fit in.

Here at Waste Handling Solutions Ltd, we have over 70 Years practical experience on types of equipment, applications and “what is best for the client”, which is our priority for our new and existing clients.

Budgeting for Recycling and Waste Equipment

Once you have selected the recycling and waste equipment that is right for your business, you will then be able to determine the budget that will be needed to acquire the machine. 

Your purchase should include preventive maintenance plans, warranty options, installation, and customer service after the sale. 

It may be more advantageous for your business to hire the equipment and take advantage of the lower Monthly costs, which can be offset by the revenue streams from the recycled.

You can find out more, by simply phoning for free advice or filling out this simple form to get your questions answered about recycling and waste equipment for your business.

Call, email or enquire via our free waste audit form to contact a waste specialist from Waste Handling Solutions to find out more or arrange a free waste audit.