Will balers be able to handle the intricacy of modern recycling?

In today’s world, it is important for businesses to have their recycling and waste management systems in good shape. This means having an efficient system in place for both recyclable materials and general waste – mixing the two together in bins and skips is highly discouraged.

You will often find that businesses have bins for different purposes and these are clearly labelled. There will usually be one or more for black general waste bin bags and one or more for dry mixed recyclables such as cardboard and plastic. This is sensible for separating the two waste types but it’s merely using bins that make the system flawed and inefficient.

There are many problems with bins that businesses cannot see unless they are aware of a better alternative. Bins are inadequate when it comes to containing recyclables. Space is always limited and cardboard and plastic are voluminous so they can be seen regularly overflowing. Due to the large footprint of bins, businesses are limited to where they can keep them and they use up valuable space that could be put to better use.

These are the practical problems with bins but there is also the issue of cost. The government are increasing landfill taxes every year, which means waste management businesses are increasing their bin collection prices. Having multiple bins collected weekly could easily mean businesses are paying three figure sums every week. Using bins also means high Co2 emitting bin lorries are out on our roads every day, which is obviously not good for the environment.

Balers are the modern day, better alternative to recycling bins. They are the simplest and most efficient way to recycle nowadays. Recycling is highly encouraged by the government and establishes a good impression on fellow businesses, customers and the general public. A workplace containing multiple unsightly bins full of rubbish does not show any business in a positive light; in fact it makes them look like they don’t care and unwilling or too lazy to change how they handle their waste.

A baler will do four things once installed. It will remove bins, lower waste costs, save space, and reduce staff labour time. A baler acts as a replacement for recycling bins, which as previously mentioned, cost plenty to empty each time. All materials can be processed through the baler, tied together and taken aside to await collection from a local recycler. This makes recycling bins useless, so they can be removed and the cost of collections disappear. A recycler will often collect the compacted materials for free as they are of value when baled. Where businesses produce good quality, heavy bales, a recycler will pay rebates for these, meaning money can actually be generated rather than spent.

With the removal of bins, comes an increase in space. Small businesses in particular have limited room to store bins and so having them removed creates valuable space. Loose recyclables will become a nuisance of the past when a baler is installed. Overflowing loose materials can often fall on the floor, forming a mess and creating a health and safety hazard. A baler will keep all the material compacted together. Balers have a small footprint, the same size as one bin and so they can be placed in a location of choice. This then links in to the time saving aspect of balers. Placing a baler close to the recycling waste source means less time is spent walking to dispose of it in bins. Balers also handle whole materials like cardboard boxes and large sheets of plastic. Flat-packing and tearing these recyclables is almost a necessity with bins in order to squeeze as much in as possible. With balers it is simply a case of placing the whole material inside and walking away. Balers therefore allow staff more time to fully concentrate on their actual jobs instead of the regular distraction of waste handling.

A baler allows staff to place a whole cardboard box or large plastic sheet inside it and walk away, which is the simplest of tasks. When full, a bale needs to be created by tying banding or wire together. Full training is always provided during installation, so staff members are left knowing how to use a baler efficiently and safely. The baling process can then run like clockwork.

To summarise, balers are the absolute ideal machines to handle the intricacy of modern recycling. Bins are outdated for handling recyclables in terms of cost, space and time and have been for years. If you want to have a competent, simple and low cost recycling system in place then a baler is a necessity.

We’d like to thank www.qcr.co.uk for this insight.


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