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Recycle Management: How to Choose the Best Baler

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The right baler can help you to overcome waste management challenges while enjoying a remarkable return-on-investment.

A baler is a straightforward device. However, choosing the right baler for your firm can prove challenging.

There are many types of balers on the market. You’ll need to ensure that you’re getting the best baler for your facility.

After all, you’re contemplating a considerable investment. Accordingly, planning is the first step in choosing the best baler for your needs.

To learn how to choose the best baler for recycling management, keep reading.

Overcoming Recycling Management Planning Challenges

With a baler, you can compact recyclable material into a more manageable state. However, you’ll have many things to consider when assessing the right baler.

For instance, you’ll need to consider the type of materials that you need to compress. You also need to think about the space you have available for baling equipment, and of course, you’ll need to consider your budget.

Considering all these factors can prove challenging. However, with a few tips, you might find that the process is a bit easier. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place to learn more about making the best choice when choosing a baler.

Most likely, you already understand the benefits of compressing refuse and recycling material. However, there are some benefits of balers that aren’t readily apparent.

For example, a baler reduces the need to handle waste and recycling greatly. There’s no need to break materials down with a commercial-grade baler. In this way, a baler will help your company save labour hours.

Furthermore, a baler can optimise production for your company recycling efforts. For example, a baler will compress a large amount of recycling material into a small container.

If you transport your company’s waste, your employees won’t have to make as many trips to dispose of recyclables. Fewer trips mean less fuel, less labour and fewer expenses.

Even if you have an outside company pick up your recycling, you can schedule fewer pickups when you use a baler.

Start With Your Material Needs

Choosing the best baling equipment starts with knowing the materials you’ll handle. The materials you need to compress will pay a major role in the size and type of equipment you select.

For example, a large processing facility will usually opt for a horizontal baler. This kind of equipment can handle a large daily volume of material disposal needs.

You’ll also need to consider the baler ram. You can choose from either a single-or two-ram model.

You’ll base your choice on the type of materials that you handle. In this regard, you’ll need to choose a ram-type that can handle your materials most efficiently.

A single-ram baler works well with fibre-based products like paper office waste. It also does a great job of compressing materials such as newsprint or debris from a printing operation.

Meanwhile, you may choose a two-ram baler to compress items such as plastic bottles or aluminium containers. This kind of debris does not maintain the same compression quality consistently.

You might also choose a two-ram baler if you must compress refuse with odd shapes. The same point applies to items with low compressibility or high memory retention. These items might include Styrofoam or plastic.

Thinking Through Waste Logistics

You’ll also need to coordinate a system for waste disposal. For example, you’ll need to consider how you’ll load and ship compressed bales.

You might transport ready-to-dispose material using a flatbed trailer. Alternatively, you might use a shipping container or closed van trailer.

In this regard, you’ll need to make sure that your completed bales can fit into the transportation mode of your choice.

You’ll also need to choose a method of transportation that allows you to maximise the tonnage of your anticipated bales.

Once you’ve figured out logistics, it’s a good idea to consider which waste management components can help you make the most use of your baler.

For instance, a simple baler and conveyor belt system might suit your needs.

Conveyor belt system
Conveyor belt system

Alternatively, you may need a complex baling system with a single-stream sorting system, disc screens, sorting platforms, bunkers and other features.

Also, you’ll need to confirm that these components will work together as desired before you complete your purchase.

Operational Considerations for Recycling Solutions

All balers perform the same basic task. However, they come in different shapes and sizes.

Also, you can configure your baler to serve your requirements in a variety of ways. Accordingly, it’s important to consider functions that might prove important for your unique needs.

One of the key elements to consider when choosing a baler is scale. For example, you might dispose of a large amount of waste every week. In that case, you’ll want to select a baler that produces larger compacted cubes of refuse.

You’ll also want to consider the space of your facility. In fact, space is an issue for many companies.

For example, you might operate a spacious warehouse with ample extra space to devote to your baler. If so, you could install a conveyor-loaded, horizontal baler.

This equipment runs lengthwise and takes up a considerable amount of floor space.

Alternatively, you may have little floor space but ample space overhead. In that case, you may consider a vertical baler that crushes debris vertically.

This kind of baling equipment has a much smaller footprint. Still, a vertical baler must eject completed cubes. For this reason, you’ll need sufficient space to transport completed baling materials out of your facility.

Working Out Personnel Considerations

You’ll also need to think about how a new baler will affect your employees. Firstly, you’ll need to consider whether you want to invest in a manual or automated baler.

Some balers are completely automated. Others, however, require a degree of manual labour. The right baler for your needs will vary depending on your available workforce.

Automatic balers are easier to install and use. However, the point here is more about staff involvement—or non-involvement—in waste management.

Considering these points will help you to meet your current waste management needs. However, you’ll also need to think about what baler production needs you might have in the future.

In other words, you’ll need to think about your potential waste needs if your company were to expand.

You could choose a baler to suit your exact needs today. However, you could outgrow that equipment and a year or two if your company grows.

You want to avoid replacing your baler sooner than necessary. Accordingly, it’s a good idea to purchase equipment that can handle a refuse capacity beyond your current needs.

Getting the Most Out of Your Investment

Some companies will need special balers to meet their needs. For example, you might consider a heavy-duty baler if you manage material that needs considerable compression, such as expired tires.

This kind of baling machine uses two arms to compress waste together. The result is a large, rectangular bale.

With a heavy-duty baler, you can manage larger waste products. You can also manage waste with more density.

For example, some heavy-duty balers can compress a full 200 litres drum. A heavy-duty baler can compress a single 200 litres drum to only seven centimetres when completed.

You can even order a custom engineered and manufactured baler if your company needs to manage a unique material. For example, imagine that you operate a sawmill. In that case, you might order a sawdust baler.

A sawdust baler exerts an enormous amount of pressure. It will turn your waste product into extremely dense bales of sawdust and paper dust.

Alternatively, you might need a baler that also performs an additional task. For example, you might need your baler to perform water extraction.

In that case, you’d requisition a special two ram baler. The manufacturer would also equip it with a liquid collection chamber.

Partner With a Global Leader in Recycling Waste Management

Now you know more about how to choose the best baler for recycling management.

If you’re in the market for a baler, you can benefit considerably by partnering with one of the leading baling manufacturers on the planet.

ANIS Trend can provide you with a customised billing solution for any application or material.

We’ve served the waste management needs of firms around the world for more than 25 years.



We’re an internationally recognised machine-building company.

Our engineers can meet your every requirement. Furthermore, our team is highly motivated and possesses a high level of manufacturing equipment design experience.

We offer a wide range of powerful auto-tie channel baler solutions. We can guide you through the development process—from concept to manufacturing.

Contact ANIS Trend today at +386(0)1 837 00 20 or connect with us online to learn more about developing the ideal solution for the complete management of your commercial or industrial waste.