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More and more companies are utilizing vertical balers for a variety of reasons, and as more and more industry realizes the benefits and payback analysis of these machines, adopting them for use is increasing as well. Recycling benefits is the major reason behind their popularity. Taking loose recyclable materials and converting them into dense bales has many advantages. With businesses focusing more and more on cost reduction and cost savings these days the use of balers is becoming fairly routine in almost every type of business.  

For those that aren’t familiar with Vertical Balers, there are 3 basic areas where they can be a benefit a business.  

        Compacting or Crushing Capability – The most important, direct benefit to a business is that these machines create very dense bales of recyclables. Whether you’re in need of crushing cardboard, paper, plastic, aluminum, metals or other materials, you’ll find that they can all be easily crushed with a baler, which makes transport much easier and less costly. Probably the most common materials are cardboard and plastics, especially for businesses that are continually getting deliveries of goods on a daily basis.

        Regulations – Oftentimes local regulations are a driving force that cause  business to utilize these machines to bale different items before they can be hauled away for recycling. Without the materials packaged in a certain way, they cannot be processed in a practical manner.

        The Environment – With so many people concerned with the environment, it’s no wonder that more and more businesses are looking into these machines as a means of managing their waste. It’s not just for recycling, but also for other things as well, such as creating a smaller carbon footprint. With just a small amount of evaluation it is easy to see how compressing or baling waste materials  is a far better and simpler option for managing waste than other options.

There are a lot of different types of balers and the vertical baler is one of the most popular. Typically the vertical balers are loaded in the front and the bales are also removed from the front.  As an example of time requirements, to generate a bale of cardboard weighing 1,000 lbs using a 60 inch vertical baler it may take roughly 45 – 60 minutes. Since a normal work day is 8 hours it is easy to determine the maximum amount of recyclable materials a baler could realistically bale on a daily or weekly basis by looking at the baler specifications.  Vertical Balers are found in almost every type of business including supermarkets, retailers, hotels, manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, office buildings, healthcare facilities, pharmacies, airports and more.  

As with most any other equipment, you can purchase, lease or rent this type of equipment. The corporate philosophy of the buyer will determine which path is most appropriate but either way the paybacks are generally fairly quick. Assessing your specific needs is an important step in moving forward with the right choice for your business. Before purchasing be aware of the space required, the electrical requirements, and the profile of the personnel who will be operating the baler. Adapt the type of baler and any options and accessories to your specific circumstances. For example, there are vertical balers that are much more user friendly than others (with very quick learning curves) which can oftentimes be the ideal solution versus the super high powered traditional vertical balers that may be best suited for the more experienced  personnel.

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