Notes on “A Business’ Guide to Baler Use”

“Like Rumpelstiltskin spun straw to gold, balers turn scrap into valued commodities.” These words, by Northstar team member, Emily Wilson, in her Recycling Today article, “A business’ guide to baler use,” highlight the significant impact baling can have on a company’s recycling program. Here are some key points worth noting from Wilson’s article:

  1. Shipping costs play a huge role in determining the value of a company’s recycling steams. Therefore, any opportunity to reduce shipping costs, such as baling materials, could have significant economic benefits.
  2. Balers come in many sizes and produce different sized bales accordingly. Horizontal balers are larger and best for companies producing at least “100 tons of recyclables per month,” while vertical balers suit smaller recycling volumes.
  3. Logistics, such as available space and company operations, should be considered when selecting a baler. This includes accounting for how and where materials are collected prior to baling.
  4. Bale sizes and weights directly affect value. For instance, bales smaller than 60 inches, or which are underweight, may result in lower rebates.
  5. Poor baling practices reduce the value of the baled material and can also put employees at risk. Therefore, companies should make baler operation training a #1 priority to ensure effectiveness of their recycling programs.

These are just a few important notes companies should consider when using balers in their recycling program. Be sure to read Wilson’s entire piece by clicking here, or contact us at Northstar Recycling to learn more about how baling might be used to improve your company’s recycling program.

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