How Do Cardboard Balers Work?

Filed under - Balers
July 31, 2018

Cardboard balers are an economical way for businesses to recycle large quantities of cardboard.  Companies who spend over £10 a week on waste management services should consider investing in a cardboard baler.  They save space and time and cater for boxes of different shapes and sizes. Companies are able to control their recycling budget without worrying about the increasing costs of waste management.

Establishments such as; supermarkets, warehouses, manufacturing plants, recycling operations and distribution centres benefit from cardboard balers.  All of these operations produce high quantities of recyclable waste which is costly to process using waste management services. Being able to manage and organise their own recycling increases storage space, saves time, cuts costs and improves working conditions.

Recycling rates in the UK are on the rise with domestic recycling reaching rates of 44% which is still under the EU rate of 50%.  Wales has a recycling rate of 57% which exceeds the EU rate. In 2016 UK businesses exceeded the EU rate by 11% by achieving a rate of 71.4%.  Although the UK is making giant leaps towards recycling it is unlikely we will reach domestic recycling targets of 50% by 2020. (Source: Letsrecycle.com).

What Are Cardboard Balers?

A cardboard baler is a machine that produces bales from waste cardboard packaging. The process of making cardboard bales involves feeding shredded card and paper into a mass measured baler via a feed mechanism.  The feed mechanism stops to enable the required weight to be delivered to the baler. After this stage, the material is compacted in preparation for packaging.

Packaging is either a mechanical or manual process where plastic wrapping is placed around the bale shute and the contents are pushed inside and sealed at either end.  Cardboard balers are designed to suit all customer’s requirements and are able to produce between 60 and 400+ bales per hour.

Challenger Group supply cardboard balers with a bale chute which is supplied with a form, fill and seal bale packaging machine.  A roll of polythene is automatically wrapped around the bale and sealed at the ends. This automation increases bale production significantly enough to create a healthy recycling business.

Recycling Facts

Recycling is something we Brits do badly presently we are lagging behind Europe in our recycling habits.  Our businesses are exceeding the EU targets in terms of recycling while domestic customers are unlikely to reach the target of 50% by 2020. Councils are reducing bin collections in order to encourage people to recycle their waste which is showing great potential.  However, a decrease in council funding is making implementing recycling measures a challenge. The greatest problem facing recycling success is the amount of packing we use every year in food products. Supermarkets and councils are discussing the possibility of using recyclable packaging for their products.  

Recycling needs to be accessible and easy to do so people are more likely to sort their waste products accordingly.  Council cuts give plenty of opportunities for private waste companies to provide recycling services for businesses.
If you would like to find out more about Challenger Group balers please contact us to discuss your options.