Cardboard Balers for Recycling Corrugated Cardboard
Starting a recycling program for corrugated cardboard is an easily
implemented fix for something that is becoming a large problem.
cardboard has become a significant amount of the waste in landfills.
The problem is filling up landfills quickly and local governments in
some areas are beginning to fix the problem by restricting the
amount of corrugated cardboard that can enter landfills or charging
extra to dispose of corrugated cardboard in landfills.
It is expected that
even more counties and cities will begin following this trend very
soon, so starting a corrugated cardboard recycling program now could
save the time and money that may end up being needed to start one
later with no chance for preparation.
helps you avoid the various disposal costs for disposing of it in
landfills and also helps keep the environment clean.
Source reduction is
a good start to any recycling program. Begin by looking over the
ways that you can reduce corrugated cardboard waste. Also look for
ways to reuse extra cardboard that would otherwise be disposed of.
For example, old cardboard boxes can be reused for shipping or
If your company
produces a lot of corrugated cardboard waste, consider purchasing a
baler. A baler flattens and compacts cardboard waste, making it
smaller and easier to transport. It also takes up less space,
allowing you to fit more into dumpsters or trucks to take to a local
There are many
places that recycle corrugated cardboard. Check your local phonebook
or the internet, or contact the recycling coordinator for your city
Talk to your chosen
recycler about the amount of waste you generate and whether pickup
is available for it. They may also have other tips for recycling
programs that may help in the long run.
buy cardboard for different amounts depending on whether the
cardboard is baled or not. Research and compare the selling price of
baled and loose cardboard before deciding whether to buy a baler.
Keep in mind that a baler will also likely save money on
transportation costs since baled cardboard takes up less space than
Use the size of
your facility, the amount of cardboard waste you produce, and the
amount of employees you can afford to operate the baler to determine
the size of baler you need to purchase.
Also take into
account the other costs a baler may require:
Loading a baler and
tying a bale of cardboard takes approximately 40 minutes so this
labor should be compared to the amount of time it currently takes
for employees to break down cardboard boxes and load the dumpster.
The cost of the
wire used to bale the cardboard should also be factored in.
Balers need to be
properly inspected and maintained to ensure they’re working properly
and will not cause a hazard.
Other materials can
also be baled using a baler, such as plastic film wrap, textile
scraps, and certain plastics. These can also be sold to recyclers
and will bring in extra money to cover the cost of the baler.
While a baler may
be expensive to purchase up front, it should pay for itself over
time by saving you money in disposal costs and labor and by bringing
in more money from baled cardboard.
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