Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Balemaster Balers – Baling versus Trash Hauling

Do I use a baler or just trash my OCC?

Distribution centers, warehouses, paper mills, and others have a decision to make. “What is the most time-efficient and cost-effective way to discard OCC (old corrugated cardboard)? Baling or trash hauling?”

Businesses are often surprised at how much cardboard they generate. Corrugated packaging is a $17 billion per-year industry and accounts for the largest segment of the entire packaging industry. Over 90% of all products in North America are shipped in corrugated boxes. It becomes quite evident that there’s a need to recycle cardboard. Recycling frees space, creates a safer work environment, is environmentally friendly, and can be a source of revenue.

Many businesses recycle loose OCC, that is, they simply toss unflattened cardboard into a container which then gets hauled away. But, loose OCC can be bulky and take up a lot of space in dumpsters. Revenue-wise, if cardboard is currently selling at $0.50 per 100 pounds ($10 per ton) in a loose form, this same cardboard in baled form may bring $20 per ton. Why? Because baled cardboard is sold by each bale’s weight and not by the truckload. Furthermore, baling provides additional savings resulting from avoiding weekly or monthly hauling costs, by compacting several materials for recycling, or by sharing a baler with another company.

If your business is recycling tons of bulky OCC that’s currently taking up a lot of space in the dumpster, especially if unflattened, you may find it more cost effective to bale or compact the material. And the more compact you can make it, the better. Loose material is worth about 40% of heavy, baled material. For example, 50lbs of loose, unbaled corrugated cardboard is approx. 1 cubic yard. When it’s compacted your 1 cubic yard will now weigh 400lbs – 8 times the weight of unbaled. (US EPA)

These cost benefits are merely the beginning of what you can experience when incorporating a baler versus trash hauling. To explore your options further, and to discover other cost and time efficiencies, contact the world leader in baling technology - Balemaster.

Since 1946, Balemaster has proudly been recognized as providing innovative solutions, solid engineering, and a commitment to service that’s second to none. Well known for their quality performance, reliability and service, Balemaster has been an industry pioneer in using leading-edge technology to develop innovative design in baler structure, control systems, power packages and automatic wire tiers, to meet the demands of the market place.

Balemaster is recognized by both peers and customers as an industry leader in baling technology. Balemaster’s products are installed in more than 55 countries serving a host of key markets. Inside their state of the art, 100,000 square foot facilities they continue in the tradition of providing innovative solutions built around a solid engineering expertise, and have commissioned thousands of balers and shredders world-wide.

We Make Your Baling Process More Profitable.

Balemaster offers a baler for every need.  www.Balemaster.com.  

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