An important part of recycling is baling, a process that gets its name from hay balers that make hay more compact by compressing it, allowing for large quantities of it to be transported in much smaller spaces. Similarly, there are a lot of materials that are loose and take up a lot of space. Baling allows these materials to compressed, resulting in materials that are usually in a square or a rectangle shape which are easier to handle and taking up a lot less space. Before you decide to start baling operations, it is essential that you understand the different types of materials that are ideally suited for this process:
List Of Recyclable Materials
Anything that is made entirely of paper, such as cardboard, newspaper, office documents, and other kinds of paper, can be baled. It is not hard to see why paper can be baled – the structure of paper inherently lends itself to being easily compressible. Prior to usage, cardboard products are actually in the shape of sheets which are then folded into boxes to suit a variety of purposes. Newspapers allow a lot of air to get trapped inside them, which can be removed through baling. In addition to these, paper products in any other form – sheets, magazines, and periodicals – are all ideal for baling.
Cartons are sort of like paper in the way they are constructed and contain a lot of air inside them. Baling can get rid of this air, compressing them to smaller sizes. Cartons are the primary packaging materials for food that is stored and sold. There are two types of cartons that are most commonly used, namely shelf-stable and refrigerator only. The first type is used to describe cartons that can be kept outside on shelves to store food items at room temperature, while the second type is usually used to store food items such as fruit juice and syrup.
Sure, many of us have been using electronic products for a while now, but in the last decade or so e-waste has really exploded. Electronics by their very nature are rigid shapes that can have lots of space inside. They are made of elements that can be crushed and compressed. E-waste, or electronic waste, is the latest addition to the list of recyclable materials. Examples of e-waste products would be parts that go into a computer, television, smartphones, etc. Electronic components found inside products such as cars and refrigerators also contribute to e-waste, and these can be easily reduced into manageable bales.
Non-ferrous metals are those that do not contain iron (materials with iron can be reused in a separate fashion and hence do not fall under the category of baling). These non-ferrous metals include aluminum, copper, and lead. Nickel is also part of this list. These metals are used to make containers like soda cans and for liquid food products such as cooking oil. Recycling of non-ferrous materials can be profitable because these metals are pretty expensive when they are resold. They also cut down costs for companies that can use them in their new products.
Plastics are obvious candidates for baling because of their ability to be reused without any loss of quality. Plastics of every shape and size can baled; in fact, they must be baled before recycling process since they are usually molded into intricate shapes. Plastics can be molded into many different shapes for various applications – from lunch boxes to water bottles and toys. With so many shapes, there are many instances where they create empty spaces, making it difficult to recycle them if they are not first compressed into smaller units that take less space and energy to handle.
Others – Clothing/Textiles and Tires
Though not as common as the rest of materials listed above, clothes and tires are also recyclable products that can be baled. Tires can be challenging because of their rigid nature, but the right equipment can bale them to at least half of their original size. Fabric is naturally foldable, making clothing and other fabric-based items relatively easy to bale.
Once you know about the different types of recyclable products and how easily they can be baled, you can ensure that your contributions to the recycling effort are better organized.