A baler is designed to compact recyclable waste materials into bales, which keeps it all together in one place as opposed to loose and messy. This is effectively all we can see a baler doing with our eyes when it’s in action and it would be easy to think a baler isn’t worth having. Tidying the waste area is great but you would want more for your money. Thankfully there is so much more that a baler can achieve and it may not be that apparent to start with.

Starting with the obvious, it’s clear a baler converts loose recyclable waste into bales. Cardboard and plastic are the two waste types most commonly processed through a baler. These are voluminous materials when loose and they take up space and look untidy. Baling the materials keeps them together and they can be stacked away from any busy areas. In a nutshell this what a baler does but there’s a positive domino effect, which follows.

Crushing all cardboard and plastic means the bins, which once had to handle these materials are no longer required. The recyclables may have had their own bins or they may have been thrown in with the general waste, either way, baling will ensure bins can be removed. This reduces the cost of renting bins and more importantly the expensive regular collections by the waste management company that own the bins. Collections of baled material switch to recyclers who will often collect these for free due to the quality and value of the bales. A baler can be bought or rented; a purchased baler will undoubtedly pay for itself over the course of its life and it’s frequent to find renting a baler comes out much cheaper on a weekly basis than what businesses are paying for bins and bin collections. Saving money is often the key appeal for businesses that show interest in a baler. Once they have learned how a baler works beyond just baling the material it is obvious saving money is a terrific aspect of the process.

Space and time savings can also be made from the tidying up process. Removing bins creates space in whatever area they were once stored, this is usually a designated waste area outside the building. A baler has a small footprint and has the flexibility to be placed close to where the waste is created. Most businesses find they replace multiple voluminous bins, which can transform a waste area into a tidy space and this allows more room to move. By situating a baler closer to the waste source, cardboard and plastic can also be dealt with quicker, rather than staff having to head outside to the bins each time. A baler can also handle whole cardboard boxes meaning they can be slotted into the baler without the need to tear and flat-pack the material. With bins, flat-packing is necessary in order to maximise space, this is a waste of labour hours and distracts staff from their jobs.

To conclude, a baler is a machine which can transform the way businesses deal with their recyclable waste. It will always save money, space and time and it’s a much more attractive proposition than bins.