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Industry moves fast, but large and small companies still have to contend with a few issues on a daily basis, and that can be waste management. Managing waste is a hard thing to deal with for many, especially those that are not  streamlining their waste processing routines.  Oftentimes the traditional, larger balers are not the answer and it is prudent to evaluate the benefits of implementing one or more mini balers as a means of maximizing productivity and efficiency within your operations.

Since mini balers typically do not have the size, crushing power and throughput capabilities of the larger balers, they are generally used in areas where there is smaller volumes of recyclable materials that are easier to crush.  Oftentimes the best utilization of mini balers might be in situations where there is multiple work stations in different areas of the facility that are producing smaller volumes of these easier recyclable materials.  As an alternative to purchasing one large baler (that is much more powerful) and placing it in a central location you may want to purchase 2 or 3 mini balers and place them strategically around your facility.

Because mini balers do not have the crushing power or throughput capabilities of the larger balers the best types of materials to consider for a mini baler are things like small cardboard boxes and plastic wrap. Loose cardboard and plastic wrap are some of the easiest materials to crush and sometimes aluminum cans can also be crushed with a mini baler that is equipped with the proper compaction force for the tougher materials.  

Your waste routines and facility layout will be important factors in determining whether a mini baler is right for you. If you need to process these types of recyclables in one or more locations throughout the facility on a daily basis and are having to deal with smaller volumes that may not lend themselves to a larger baler then the mini baler may be the best solution. They are great for reducing cardboard and shrink wrap down to manageable bales that are small and easy to handle.  The small bales will make it much easier to process and organize these materials for recycling while also removing them from the waste stream that you are paying a waste hauler to transport to the landfill.  

Oftentimes the biggest payback of a mini baler is not from recycling revenues but rather the money saved from the reduction in hauling costs resulting from the materials that are removed from the waste stream that is being hauled to the landfill. If you have enough recyclables that are baled and can be picked up at one time on a regular basis then your chances for recycling revenues is much better.  Typically the highest dollars are paid for the larger more dense bales of recyclables.

Waste management costs can rise exponentially when there is mismanagement and oftentimes the mismanagement involves the extra handling and transport of loose materials versus dense bales that are packaged for maximum efficiency.

Mini balers are also excellent for situations where space is limited since the footprint requirement and height requirement is much less than a traditional baler. Small grocery stores, convenience stores and other smaller retailers are usually good candidates for the mini balers.  

If you’re looking to buy a mini baler, you will want to pay particular attention to the bale size and bale weight of the recyclables that it will produce, Of course this will be based on the overall force being applied, which in turn is dependent upon the configuration of the cylinder size, Horsepower, pump size and other factors. Mini-Balers can be a great way to ease into recycling because they are easy to use and will almost always be provided with regular single phase power so that they can be plugged into any 110 outlet. In addition the learning curve for operating these types of balers is very quick.

Contributor / Editor - Matt Kennedy - Refer questions to info@wastecare.com

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