Updated: Jul 26, 2018
Waste balers reduce the amount of space needed to store recovered materials. But compaction alone shouldn’t be the primary reason for buying a baler. The purchase should be all about making the transport of these materials more efficient and cost effective.
The most important reason for buying a waste baler is to transport material from A to B more efficiently.
Quite simply, if you’re transporting recycled paper, cardboard, plastic, textiles, metals or many other recovered materials, the right baler will reduce your logistics costs and cut your lorry movements.
If you transport waste materials loose, you’re also transporting pockets of air. No amount of shovelling and squashing of the material will enable you to maximise trailer space. By contrast, baled material is compressed to such an extent that those pesky air pockets are removed.
Just look at this image of baled cardboard – no space for air there!
But, you can go one step better than this. You need to match the size and weight of your bales to your logistics fleet. This way you can produce bales that not only fill your trailer, but also maximise its weight loading.
By doing this you can reduce your lorry movements, sometimes by up to two thirds. That’s a massive fuel and labour cost saving, and also a significant reduction in carbon emissions.
Of course, there are other benefits to balers such as reducing the footprint of material storage space, and streamlining your processes, but the biggest of them all is to improve your logistics performance.
And improved performance and better efficiency means happy customers and increased margins. So, our advice when you’re looking for a baler is to assess it in terms of your logistics. Then you’ll be on the right track.