Businesses are constantly looking for ways to make their operations run more efficiently, which involves cutting down on costs. In addition to upgrading machinery and streamlining processes, recycling waste of every kind can also contribute to this effort. One crucial aspect of recycling large quantities of waste is the compacting that is done using balers.
What are Balers?
Commercial balers are machines that are similar to the smaller balers that compact hay into easily manageable blocks, but instead of hay they compress waste into blocks for recycling. Balers are available in two designs – vertical and horizontal balers.
Benefits of Horizontal Balers
- The key advantage of horizontal balers is that their operation can be fully automated. This means that no personnel are required to run these machines.
- Loading can also be automated through a conveyor belt which improves the speed of operation and efficiency. Baled loads can then be transported using forklifts.
- They are particularly useful when the amount of waste to be processed is large, e.g. upwards of 50 tons per hour.
Benefits of Vertical Balers
- They are relatively cheaper than horizontal balers, which extends to leasing equipment as well.
- Works well for those who have smaller quantities of waste to process. Small businesses will find these balers better suited for their purposes.
- Vertical balers need an operator for the loading and unloading process, but the savings make these the best choice for small businesses.
When it comes to investing in commercial balers, the key question for most businesses is – should they buy or lease baler equipment?
Leasing is Better for Many Businesses
Businesses, especially smaller ones, often need to make the call between leasing and owning any kind of equipment. When it comes to balers and related equipment, leasing might be the better option for the following reasons:
- High Purchase Cost – Balers are not cheap and it can be tough for a small or medium-sized business to put aside that kind of investment. If a company was to buy a baler, it could be a while before the equipment cost is recovered through business operations.
- Faster Deployment – Since leasing equipment is easier than purchasing it, companies could have a baler installed at their premises faster. The time taken to decide on equipment type and duration of the lease is often much less than that for a decision about purchasing a baler.
- Zero Maintenance Costs – Owning equipment comes with maintenance responsibilities and annual costs of maintenance which can run into huge bills. Leasing means no maintenance-related expenses for the business, since these will be the responsibility of the leaser.
- Special Bonuses – Waste management firms that are responsible for collecting trash frequently offer incentives or discounts to companies that have their own balers. Leasing a baler can translate into extensive discounts on pickup fees and more.
Why Recycle and Compact Waste
There are several reasons why waste needs to be recycled. Earlier we discussed how businesses can save money by recycling. In addition to this, recycling makes the environment a better place by reusing materials that would otherwise have to be manufactured and newly mined.
Putting the horizontal and vertical balers in context, here are the many reasons why it’s important to recycle:
- Upgrade Existing Systems – Almost every company has some sort of a recycling system in place. Installing a baler at the premises takes this to the next level. The very fact that there is a baler dedicated to recycling shows everybody – employees, community and the government – that the company is serious about recycling.
- Revenue Stream – Recycling as an industry is growing at an incredible rate every year. Companies looking for an additional revenue stream will appreciate the benefits of baling and selling scrap that would normally be thrown away. This is a win-win situation because baling turns a cost center (waste disposal) into a profit center.
- Landfills – Businesses that are looking to go green will appreciate the fact that they are reducing their carbon footprint. Using balers and recycling waste ensures that usable materials don’t end up in local landfills, reduces ground, air, and water pollution, and contributes to sustainable development.
Balers are an absolute must for any business that is serious about its recycling efforts, since they contribute to the wellness of the community while also generating additional revenue!
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