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Consideration of Balers for Baling Various Types of Plastics


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Plastic baling and recycling is profitable.  The cost of manufacturing plastic from scratch is much greater than using recycled plastic, and because of this, recycling plastic has become a business all of its own.  Recycling of plastic soda bottles, milk jugs, containers and plastic scraps is increasing everywhere.  Recycling plastic is not just good for the environment anymore, it is also profitable.  Balers for Plastic are essential to this process.

There are several main categories of plastics that are baled using Plastic Balers.  The main categories are as follows: HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) which includes materials such as milk jugs, food containers such as those used for margarine and sour cream, outdoor containers, toys and oil bottles; PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) which consists of materials such as soda bottles, water bottles, cosmetic containers and medicine containers; LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene) which are materials such as shrink wrap, plastic wrap and garment bags; PP (Polypropylene) which is refrigerator containers, bottle tops and some carpets; PS (Polystyrene) which are things like throw-away utensils, meat packing and protective packaging.

Recycling facilities usually will not take your plastic unless it is baled.  Each of the plastics have different characteristics that oftentimes require variations in the baler configuration in order to obtain the best results. For example, HDPE and PET are known for having good ‘memory’ that creates a rebound effect during the baling process.  Therefore, Plastic Balers for these materials are usually designed to provide higher pressure as well as other features that help to overcome the memory factor as a means of producing tighter, denser bales that hold together well. In addition, other techniques as a means of reducing the spring-back are to leave the ram down between loading which also helps remove the memory in the plastic.  Examples of a few specialty plastic balers that have special features are as follows: The Bottle Can Baler, the Foam, Film, Fiber Baler, The Shrink Wrap Baler, the Plastic Wrap Mini-Baler and the Plastic Jug Baler. Check with your county recycling coordinator or recycling facilities to determine what size bales or bale weights are typically in demand for the type of plastic you will be recycling. 

Plastic contributes to a large amount of our daily waste.  By capturing plastic waste and then recycling within your business, you are able to capture additional revenues that would otherwise be lost. In addition, by recycling, you are also removing these materials from the waste stream that would otherwise be included in your waste hauler charges. Paybacks on Plastic Balers are usually very quick and very profitable.  If you are discarding plastics that are being hauled to a landfill, it only takes a few simple steps to save and earn money by obtaining a baler and setting up a plastics recycling program.


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