Compactors and balers are used in industries such as wholesalers, retailers, manufacturing, garbage and recycling facilities, and other public entities to compress waste materials into smaller, more manageable loads. Using powered rams, waste materials such as garbage, paper, cardboard, cotton, metals, and plastic can be compressed and packed into containers or baled for transport. Workers can get seriously injured or killed if they reach inside or fall into a compactor or baler.

The baler in-feed opening leads to a chamber where the waste material accumulates (saving space on site) and when full, the machine is switched on and the pressing plate crushes the material to the bottom. Once enough compacted waste has accumulated, is it ready to make into a small bundle called a bale. The bale is then bound by wire or plastic banding for convenient handling during waste disposal. It is also important to note that there are a number of baler and compactor models available to tackle different kinds of waste streams – from cardboard and plastic to tin cans.

A cardboard baler is designed to make recycling cardboard an easy task. By transforming loose boxes into bales of crushed cardboard, the material then becomes sought after by recyclers who are always looking for quality cardboard bales. This a cheaper form of waste handling, it saves time and space as well as being a much greener solution than using bins and a waste management company to handle loose cardboard.

A cardboard baler works as a replacement to cardboard bins. Bins of any size are not effective for containing cardboard. Whole boxes take up all the space in no time and if flat-packed, this wastes labour hours – it is a no win situation and it gets worse when cost comes in to play.

With a cardboard baler, these bins can be removed off site. Baled cardboard can be neatly stacked away in a corner as they await collection from the recycler. No waste management business needs to attend anymore, unless they still collect the general waste bins. The recycler will often collect these valuable bales for free or for a nominal charge per collection. In either case the costs drop dramatically.

Removing bins also creates more space on the premises and saves staff time on mundane flat-packing and walking to the waste area each time some boxes need disposing of. Hours of labour can be saved over a long period of time with a cardboard baler.

Finally a cardboard baler allows businesses to heavily increase their green credentials. By recycling all cardboard instead of sending it off in a lorry to landfill, this shows a caring attitude towards the environment. During inspections this aspect of health and safety and waste management will receive a tick.

Waste compaction is the process of compacting waste, reducing it in size. Garbage compactors and waste collection vehicles compress waste so that more of it can be stored in the same space. Waste is compacted again, more thoroughly, at the landfill to conserve valuable airspace and to extend the landfill’s life span.