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Cardboard Balers for Recycling Corrugated Cardboard
1. Starting a recycling program for corrugated cardboard is an easily implemented fix for something that is becoming a large problem.
2. Corrugated 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.
3. 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.
4. Recycling cardboard helps you avoid the various disposal costs for disposing of it in landfills and also helps keep the environment clean.
5. 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 storage.
6. 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 recycler.
7. There are many places that recycle corrugated cardboard. Check your local phonebook or the internet, or contact the recycling coordinator for your city or county.
8. 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.
9. Cardboard recyclers 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 loose cardboard.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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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