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Balers: Waste Management Made Effective

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Today, waste management is a global concern, not least for factories and construction sites. This process can cause serious problems for the environment if not managed properly, but it can also be a very costly and time-consuming process for businesses. To make waste management more efficient, balers were invented.

Almost all waste can be recycled if it is managed correctly. And most businesses make a real effort to do so. However, recycling requires a lot of storage space in the first place. Space that most companies already lack. Secondly, sorting all waste materials requires a lot of time and, not least, labor. Both these factors are costly. Thirdly, the transportation of waste materials is environmentally degrading and requires extra time for transport, which is also pricey. That said, many companies may feel unmotivated to recycle at all – but they have to do so because of environmental policy. And that is where balers come in.

Reduce Space, Save Time and Increase Revenue

Balers are the perfect tool for businesses looking to streamline their waste management. They are heavy equipment used to compress waste materials into rectangular shapes, which is easy to handle for recycling or disposal. This is done by reducing a large volume of waste material to a smaller fraction. Cardboard, paper, pet bottles and tin cans are just some of the materials that a baler can compress. By using a baler for waste management, companies can gain many benefits.

By feeding most of the waste into the baler, you can save space otherwise needed to store post-production and packaging waste. You also save time, as balers consist of one simple operation, rather than compacting all the material yourself. 

In addition to the baler making recycling easier for you, which helps the environment itself, you also reduce fuel from transportation by not having to drive back and forth for recycling purposes. Plus, you can increase revenue from the sale of recyclable materials. Because they are compressed into bales, they are ready for collection much faster and in smaller fractions, making transportation both easier and cheaper.

Find a Solution That Suits Your Needs

Because balers are so effective for all types of businesses, from warehouses to industrial plants, there is a wide range of them to choose from. Balers come in many different shapes and sizes, but the two most common are vertical balers and horizontal balers, which serve the same purpose but perform the compression in slightly different ways.

Vertical balers are the little brothers of horizontal balers. They compress waste materials with a vertical downward force, hence the name. Once filled, they crush the recyclable waste and create a rectangular bale that is ejected from the machine. They are quite small in size and not as expensive as their horizontal counterparts, making them easier to obtain and handle. As they take up less space, they are great for workplaces that do not have enough room for horizontal balers. But because they are vertical, they are also taller, which can be a problem for some applications.

As we have already indicated, vertical balers have a big brother: the horizontal baler. They process waste in a slightly different way to their smaller counterparts, as recyclable waste is thrown into a bin and when it is full, a ram from the side compresses the material with a horizontal force until a bale is produced. The bale is then ejected from the side of the machine. Because a horizontal baler is much larger than a vertical baler, it can process a much larger volume and therefore has wider applications. The disadvantages are that they require much more floor space and generally cost much more.

There are a few different factors when choosing between a vertical or horizontal baler. You need to estimate how many bales the machine will produce, as vertical balers are best for up to ten bales per day, while horizontal balers can handle a larger volume of bales per day. 

Another crucial factor is your budget. As mentioned, horizontal balers are usually much more expensive. Can your company afford it? And finally, you need to consider how much space you have available to store the baler. Sure, you will save space otherwise used for waste sorting by working with a baler, but you will still need to fit the machine somewhere. A larger baler requires more space and vice versa.


Today, balers are arguably the most efficient way to handle waste, whether in large industrial plants or small warehouses. Vertical balers, thanks to their smaller size, can be used in workplaces that do not have space for either sorting material or storing a larger horizontal baler, while a horizontal baler is excellent for larger facilities where a lot of waste needs to be compacted. Because they make recycling easier and more efficient, they are also a great choice for the environment.

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