How Recycling Balers Save The Environment

Recycling balers are used by waste management companies to transport recyclable materials to be reused saving on production costs and reducing our carbon footprint.  Landfills are reaching the point where they are overspilling into our everyday lives. In America, it is estimated that there are only 18 years of landfill capacity left before trash is uncontrollable.  Luxurious holiday destinations such as the Maldives hide a very dirty secret of piles of rubbish in the areas tourists do not see.

Waste affects the environment in many different ways due to the way the rubbish breaks down or doesn’t in some cases.  Landfill sites pollute the surrounding areas by emitting gasses such as methane, attracting vermin, spelling terrible and looking like an eyesore. Plastic takes 1000 years to decompose and we use lots of it so our legacy for the future will be unsightly plastic littering the world.

Recycling balers transform piles of recyclable waste into solid manageable blocks making storage and transportation easier.  The rest of Europe is managing to recycle over 50% of their waste while the UK is seriously lagging behind and only managing to recycle 17%. Recycling is also poor in America too.

What Are Recycling Balers Used For?

Recycling balers collate loose recyclable waste and compact it into blocks.  This makes it easy to transport and store the rubbish. Recyclable materials include; plastic, glass, paper, cardboard and metal.  Sorting out recyclable materials from non-recyclable reduces the amount of waste put into landfill and energy used to produce the materials from scratch.

Approximately 60% of all household rubbish is recyclable and 50% of the waste in the average dustbin could be composted. We produce a phenomenal amount of waste which requires transportation to landfill sites and recycling centres.  Compacting recyclable waste makes it take up less space allowing larger quantities to be transported. Reducing the number of vehicles also reduces the carbon footprint making recycling even more environmentally friendly. (Source:

Why Are The British Rubbish At Recycling?

It seems that the whole of Europe has really got to grips with recycling with most households successfully recycling 50% of their waste.  Brits, on the other hand, are only managing to recycle 17% of their waste which is well below the expected target. The Americans are not much better and have a poor record of recycling.  The question is why are the British so bad at recycling?

Recycling is not a new idea we have been doing it for centuries with increasing dedication in the 1970s.  Glass milk and fizzy pop bottles have been recycled for years with children topping up their pocket money every time they returned a bottle to the shop.  Recycling was quite straight forward in the past due to less packaging and people being in the habit of using shopping bags. These days food packages mix different types of materials together making sorting them really confusing.  The need for food companies to package and label virtually every type of food including fruit and veg has to have a barcode.

According to an article in the Express, we Brits are simply confused and don’t really know which waste goes into which bin.  Whether this is true or not most of us really want to help to save the environment but are simply not very good at it.  Maybe clearer food labeling will make it easier for people to know if their plastic, glass, cardboard or metal waste is actually recyclable.  All recycling centres have a list of exceptions which is really confusing.
If you are interested in adding recycling balers to your waste disposal business contact us and we would be happy to offer advice.

What Is The Difference Between Balers And Compactors?

Compactors and balers are both economical and efficient ways to sort and dispose of waste.  Both types of machinery use different methods to make recycling and disposing of waste easy and cost-effective.  Balers and compactors reduce the volume of waste reducing the amount of space it takes in the landfill. Reducing the volume of waste has a positive impact on transport costs and the environment.

Companies use compactors to compress large volumes of rubbish into a contained area ready for waste disposal companies to pick it up.  This allows companies to reduce the number of waste collections because compacted waste requires less space on lorries. Cardboard compactors allow companies to recycle large quantities of cardboard at a fraction of the cost.  

Balers reduce the size of recyclable waste by forming it into bundles or bales making it easier for waste disposal companies to transport it. Farmers also use baling machines to create bales of hay and straw for storage and to sell on to the pet and equine industry.  Bales are easy to transport and store due to their compact regular shape.

Compactors And Unrecyclable Waste

Business and households are very good at producing huge quantities of waste every year.  In fact, the average household produces 1 tonne of waste every year. The UK as a whole produces more than a million tonnes of waste every year.  (Source: cebenvironmental).  This represents lots of food, plastic, glass, paper card and metal.  These days everything we buy comes in substantial branded packaging which is good for marketing but catastrophic for the environment.  

Landfill sites are quickly filling up with the US set to reach full capacity within the next 18 years.  The environmental impact of landfill sites is of great concern as it introduces toxins, contaminated water (leachate) and greenhouse gasses to the environment.  Landfill sites are also unsightly and a blot on the landscape. Smells emanating from landfill sites isn’t particularly pleasant. Compacting waste makes it take up less space which increases the capacity of landfill sites and the length of time it takes to reach full capacity.

Balers And Recycling

Recycling rubbish reduces the strain on landfills and the environment.  Local councils encourage recycling through the use of specific recycling bins at home and in designated areas in towns.  Materials such as; paper, cardboard, plastic and glass are the most common recyclable materials. Waste is sorted by hand or using machinery then formed into bales making it easier to transport to the relevant recycling plants.

Waste management is becoming a lucrative business and baling machines are an important piece of kit.  Balers are also used in the pet and equine industry to pack straw and hay for resale. Many different types of businesses use baling machines to sell and transport their products.  
If you would like to find out more about Challenger balers and compactors contact us and we would be happy to discuss your options.

How Do Cardboard Balers Work?

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:

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.

Challenger’s Middle Eastern Adventure

At Challenger we find the prospect of expanding our customer base throughout the world very exciting indeed.  Our reputation for installing high quality baling and shredding machinery has resulted in us installing our systems in the following countries; Russia, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Norway and South Korea.

Recently we also added Israel to our ever expanding list.  A potential customer from Israel came to visit us at our UK Factory and ordered a baler with conveyer for the animal feed products he wants to process.  A Challenger engineer will be flying out to Israel to install the equipment.

Supreme Customer Service

We pride ourselves on the quality of the machinery we produce and the customer service we provide from ordering and installing to after sales care.  Some of our customers purchase generic machinery and many require customised systems that fulfil their individual requirements.

Our sales staff are knowledgeable engineers and technicians who will help you to decide which system is best for you and talk you through the whole process.  When it comes to installing your machinery we will send a Challenger engineer to your premises to ensure that it is installed correctly.

Balers And Machinery

As well as being able to manufacture bespoke balers for our customers we have also built balers for the following purposes:-

  • Chopped straw/chopped hay balers.

  • Hay/haylage balers.

  • Oil filters balers.

  • Non Ferrous balers.

  • Pet pack balers.

  • Shavings balers.

  • Wood chip balers.

  • Wood shaving balers.


We manufacture a variety of conveyors including bespoke ones for our customer’s specific needs.  These are the main types of conveyors we manufacture:-

  • Belt conveyors.

  • Bespoke conveyors.

  • Gravity conveyors.

  • Pallet conveyors.

  • Pallet stackers/de-stackers.

  • Roller conveyors.

  • Screw conveyors.

Conveyors Service and Support

As well as providing excellent after sales service and support for conveyor systems we manufacture and install our selves, we also support machinery manufactured by different companies.

We are very easy to contact if you require after sales service, technical support or spare parts and strive to provide the best customer service you could possibly have.

If you are interested in find out more information about our balers and conveyor systems or would just like to experience our great customer service please click here.


Who Uses Balers?

Balers can come in a range of different sizes suitable for a range of different tasks. Years ago they were primarily seen as farming equipment but now as recycling has become the norm and the world is taking bigger steps to become as environmentally friendly as possible they are taking on a much wider role within the business world. Materials which may have once been waste are now reusable if you have the right equipment. As these materials come in all shapes and sizes though the most efficient way of handling them is to compress them into bales. Putting waste into compact, easier to handle bales saves storage space and also transport costs as it also many more to fit inside a vehicle.

You may ask “Who would need a baler?” Well, let us give you some examples of the wide number of situations a baler can improve a company’s productivity:

-Food shops and clothes shops use them to compact waste such a cardboard plastic and other , recyclable material  into manageable sized bales.

-Farms need balers to compress their hay and straw before selling it off as animal bedding

-Chemical companies need balers for crushing their barrels to reduce storage space both in-house and in transport before they send them off for recycling.

Other places that produce a lot of waste and would benefit from a baler include:

-Hospitals and nursing homes

-Schools and colleges

-Restaurants and bars



Balers are popular with a lot of commercial industries and manufacturers because they provide a cost effective waste recycling solution. For more information on balers and their different uses bvist here