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Cardboard balers and cardboard compactors recycle staggering amounts of discarded paper products and waste produced by businesses. From small to large-scale establishments, programs to recycle waste cardboard are being supplemented by recycler services that pick up processed material and reuse it.

Approximately 65% of municipal cardboard waste is being recycled every year, resulting in a lower impact on landfills. In order to increase this value even further, for environmental reasons as well as the monetary benefits reaped from cardboard recycling, more and more businesses should take the initiative.

Main Benefits of Cardboard Recycling
Cardboard Boxes Recycling Procedure

Commercial establishments are making efforts for waste management with cardboard recycling programs, for the sake of publicity, feasibility and a wide range of other benefits. Using cardboard balers and compactors for recycling helps in the following ways:

  • Saves cost of waste hauling, since the volume of cardboard being disposed is reduced and recyclable cardboard can also be transported efficiently.
  • The market for recycled cardboard is strong, so cardboard compactors help generate a source of income by selling compacted material to recyclers.
  • Waste disposal costs are reduced with the absence of waste cardboard, which needs to be flattened by disposal labor otherwise.
  • Better productivity and streamlined operations for waste processing units, since recyclable cardboard is removed from the waste stream.
  • Fire hazards at the workplace can be avoided when waste cardboard is not disposed of in trash bins, piled up right outside or scattered within the premises.
  • Storage requirements for waste cardboard are reduced when it’s baled or compacted. Safety and cleanliness of the workplace are also enhanced.

Common Considerations for Cardboard Recycling Benefits
Cardboard Baler

The advantages of cardboard recycling vary from the general ones listed above, to those that are more specific to a business. While revenues can be generated by recycling cardboard, removing it from the waste stream leads to a decrease in landfill and hauler costs as well as an increase in environmental benefits.

However, several considerations need evaluation before you invest in cardboard balers, compactors and other recycling equipment. These include the quantity, quality as well as sizes of the cardboard waste produced by your business, and the question of whether the collection and baling of cardboard will disrupt existing business operations.

Picking a Baler Based on Cardboard Size and Volume

Baling primarily helps to compact collected cardboard into uniformly-sized piles that are tied together for easier lifting and transportation. The most commonly used type for smaller businesses is a vertical cardboard baler, while automated horizontal balers with greater space requirements of space are used for large volumes of cardboard.

There are various types of balers available for cardboard recycling, like:

  • 30” and 42” vertical balers, which are suitable for small quantities and sizes of cardboard.
  • Small scale balers on casters can be moved around the facility as opposed to bigger ones. These are best utilized in facilities such as hospitals, restaurants, drug stores, offices, convenient stores, retirement homes as well as hotels.
  • If you are expecting some growth to your establishment, a 48” baler is a safe option.
  • 60”, 72” and 84” vertical balers are installed in larger establishments like transfer stations, manufacturing facilities, departmental stores, warehouses, military stations or any other industrial applications.

Other Factors to Consider

Baler size is dependent primarily on size and volume of cardboard, size of space available for installation as well as the manpower resources you can spare. If you want to produce larger bales and use less manpower, larger balers are better for you. Bigger sizes and volumes of cardboard waste also require a large baler, but remember that these need more space.

Based on other features and requirements, high density cardboard balers or other kinds of recycling equipment can also be explored. Buying one would provide you with ease of access if you produce a lot of cardboard waste, but renting balers would reduce the cost significantly if you only need to use it every now and then.

Consider your requirements and limitations carefully, and get an expert’s opinion before investing in cardboard recycling equipment for your business. Northern California Compactors, Inc. can help you make informed decisions for your baling and compacting needs, so get in touch for a consultation today.