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.

Setting Up A Profitable Business With A Baling Machine

A bailing machine is a valuable asset for businesses wishing to expand into recycling or setting up a new recycling plant.  The recycling industry is worth £23 bn in the Uk and increasing by 15% annually. Matthew Farrow (Director of the ESA) states, ’the waste and resources sector is a good business to be in, and opportunities are there’.  (Source  

It is possible to get a slice of the action and coup profits in the recycling industry as long as you research the market well and make prudent investments.  Setting up any business with a good return on investment (ROI) requires market research and knowledge of the most effective equipment to buy.

There are many factors to take into consideration when selecting a bailing machine including cost, versitiliy and adaptability.  Making the correct choices at the beginning of your business provides the best opportunities for expansion and profit making. A well thought out business plan and an eye to the future will ensure the longevity and profitability of your business.

Setting Up A Recycling Business

Setting up a new business in the present economic climate is a challenge for companies in any sector.  The recycling industry is booming because it has a positive effect on the environment reducing landfill and production costs.  Aluminium, paper and cardboard are the most effective materials to recycle. There are a number of steps you need to take to set up your recycling business these include:

Choosing What To Recycle

Consider which materials are readily available in your area and are in demand.  Materials such as aluminium, paper and cardboard are easiest to recycle and have a good financial return.  If you are a farmer wishing to sell hay bails it is prudent to see if your farming neighbours us their own resources.


Being able to collect material in quantities generates the most profit.  You have to decide on an economical collection method that is easy to manage.  Do you collect directly from households and businesses or do people take their recycling to designated points around the area?  What type of vehicle do you need to purchase and how many do you require? The collection method is integral to the business and must be considered wisely.

Who Will Buy Your Recycled Material?

This is an important fact to consider as it will generate your income.  How much are people willing to pay per bail of your material? Is there a demand in your area or will you have to go further afield to sell your recycled waste?

Smooth Operation

It is important that every aspect of your operation is organised and has the appropriate equipment and manpower to work smoothly.  You need to take into account storage for collected materials and bailed materials. The bailing machine needs to be able to process the chosen material and have options to automate it as your business grows.  Delivery vehicles are necessary to transport the bails to the paying customers. All of these are financially demanding and are essential to the ifficient running of the business.

Which Bailing Machine?

Choosing the right bailing machine for the recycling job is essential as it determines how efficient your business is going to be.  There are many different bailing machine options including automated, bespoke or secondhand. Bespoke bailing machines cost more than secondhand machines but are more efficient while secondhand machinery is a good starting point for a new business. The material you wish to recycle also determines the type of bailing machine you purchase.

If you would like to discuss you bailing machine options contact us and we would be happy to offer advice.

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.

Engine Crushers – Making A Profit Out Of Old Cars

Engine crushers make recycling engines quicker and economical.  The purpose of an engine crusher is to reduce engines and gearboxes into small particles.  This makes sorting aluminium from ferrous metals more efficient.  Challenger Group Engine crushers are available in large and standard sizes.  Both engine crushers have the capacity to include optional extras such as;  the type of fuel engine, hoppers, support frames, hydraulic oil cooler, adjustable finished particle device, warning alarms, feed and discharge conveyors, etc .

Engine Crushers – Making Money Out Of Scrap

When cars reach the end of their natural life or get written off in a crash we tend to sell them for scrap for a meagre amount of cash.  Cars are made from a large amount of metal that is expensive to process and can have a negative impact on the environment.  Scrap cars are an extremely valuable commodity and in America alone the 12-15 million vehicles that are scraped provide the steel industry with 14 million tons of steel. 75% of modern vehicles can be recycled including both polymers and metal.

Engine Crushers – Manipulating Manufacturers

The EU Directive 2000/53/EC sets out comprehensive targets for the recovery, recycling and reuse of cars that have reached the end of their natural life.  It also discourages manufacturers from using hazardous substances such as; lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium. (Ref European Commision) With manufacturers having to comply to legislation relating to the materials used to build cars it would seem that going into the scrap metal business could be very profitable indeed.

Starting A Legitimate Car Recycling Business

When you start your scrap metal business it is advisable to become a member of the Motor Vehicle Disposal Association (MVDA).  People are advised to sell their old vehicles to members of the MVDA as it insures that they are selling to a legitimate business.  It is not unheard of for unsuspecting people to receive notifications of driving, speeding and tax offences because the person they sold the car to used it to carry out illegal activities.  Having your own premises, Engine crushers and membership of the MVDA will show that you are trustworthy and legitimate.

Buying Engine Crushers

At Challenger you can either commission us to design and construct a bespoke engine crusher or keep an eye on our second hand machinery section to see if we have a pre-used one in stock. if you have any questions you would like to ask about any of our engine crushers please get in touch and we would be happy to help.

How Recycling Plastic Helps To Save The Environment And Natural Resources

We all have recycling boxes that sit next to our wheelie bins and often there is a public recycling point in a car-park nearby.  Some of us have become recycling experts and recycle almost 100% of their household waste, while the vast majority of us are just beginning to get involved in recycling.  Budget cuts have resulted in household waste being collected once a fortnight with a restriction on the amount of rubbish we can place in our wheelie bins.  Councils have tried to counteract this issue by supplying recycling boxes and bins so that we greatly reduce the amount of rubbish going into landfill sites.  Often when we do recycle our rubbish we are completely unaware of the benefits recycling has on the environment and energy usage.

We are using plastic on an epic scale and if we don’t start recycling more efficiently it will have a major impact on natural resources and the environment in which we live.  Larry West, the Environmental Issues Expert from, has noted that plastic usage has increased particularly in the beverage industry.  He states that, ‘Americans buy 28 billion bottles of water annually’, which are a lot of bottles.  If you add the rest of the world’s bottled water consumption and soft drink bottles you are talking billions more bottles that need to be disposed of carefully.

The two major benefits of recycling plastic are the conservation of energy and natural resources and reduction of landfill usage.  Did you know that; natural gas, water and petroleum is used in the manufacture of plastic?  Recycling plastic reduces the need to use these resources as it costs less to produce.  In America 7.4 cubic yards of landfill is saved by recycling plastic and using it to make a new material that can be used to make a variety of different items such as; bottles, fleeces, pipes, garden furniture and bin liners.

Local authorities are making it much easier to recycle plastic by continuing to improve the way in which plastic is collected.  There is still a long way to go before society as a whole adopts good recycling habits and makes an even greater impact on saving the environment and Earth’s resources.

Plastic is a very easy material to recycle and can be made ready to be used in manufacturing in five simple steps:-

  1. Collection – from domestic or public bins.

  2. Manual Sorting – separates the different plastics and removes non plastic items.

  3. Chipping – the plastic is chipped in preparation for washing and melting.

  4. Washing – removes any labels that are stuck to the positively charged plastic and residues.

  5. Pelleting – Once fully cleaned the plastic is melted into pellets for easy transportation.

Plastic carrier bags are recycled in pretty much the same way.

 If you would like to find out more about ordering a recycling line you can discuss it by phoning 01482 224404 or emailing where you will be able to arrange a visit to the Hull site with Richard Greene, John Sanderson or Garry Marshall.