FAQ's - Your waste material
Customers frequently ask these questions about waste handling of these materials:
Yes, very easily actually.
When not wet or contaminated with food or oil, cardboard is recyclable. As a matter of fact, cardboard can be recycled many times over. Some cardboard is made from almost 100% recycled materials, while most cardboard is made from an average of 70% to 90% recycled material.
When used cardboard arrives at the paper mill, it is sorted shredded and pulped. Shredding breaks the cardboard into teeny tiny pieces, which are mixed with water and chemicals to break down the fibers. This is known as pulping.
A thorough filtering process cleans the pulp of things such as tape, glue, metal clips, and dyes and ink.
The clean pulp is put to dry. When it dries, the pulp becomes solid sheets called linerboards. The linerboards are then glued together layer by layer to create new cardboard, e.g. used to manufacture cardboard boxes and packaging.
Recycling cardboard is an easy way to reduce environmental footprint and degradation. It also reduces production costs of new cardboard because no extraneous materials and energy is needed to manufacture new cardboard boxes.
You can compact soft plastic in all our balers. The choice of machine depends on the volumes and shape of your material.
Soft plastic is a valuable recyclable material. It can be found in many different products, but the majority is found as stretch film or plastic wrapping for goods delivered on pallets, soft carrier bags, and bin liners.
The price for a bale of soft plastic depends on the purity of the material, meaning the better sorted the higher value.
Our range of small footprint balers don’t take up a lot of space and you can easily throw whole shoe boxes and boxes from boots right in.
You can find the dimensions of the filling openings of each baler under the product specifications.
If you sell fruit and vegetables, you can get rid of your cardboard fruit crates with our range of medium sized balers. They can handle the largest cardboard fruit crates, face pack boxes, and fruit stacker boxes in the market.
You find the dimensions of the filling openings of each baler under the product specifications.
Don’t worry. Most of our balers can effortlessly handle boxes from 60” widescreen TVs.
Our widest baler, the B30 Wide, can even handle empty packaging from 65” widescreen TVs, and you need not break down the boxes first. Look for the dimensions of the filling openings of each baler under the product specifications.
You can, but your work flow will be more efficient if put whole boxes into the baler. This way you optimize your own time and you get a higher density bale.
Yes, you can easily use the same machine for both cardboard and plastic, but not at the same time. We recommend that you sort your waste and make separate bales.
Use recycling racks to sort and collect soft plastic waste while you compact cardboard. When you have collected enough bags of plastic, compact a bale.
Yes, you can. Our X-series balers can compact PET bottles.
PET material is widely known from soft drink and water bottles, but you will also find PET material used for e.g. drinking cups and smaller food containers.
Before compacting plastic bottles, you need to perforate them or take off the lids. If you don’t, the bottles will contain a lot of air and the bale will not be as tight and compact.
To make the finished PET bale more stabile when compacting in a vertical baler, we recommend that you put a layer of cardboard at the bottom and on top of the finished bale.
Yes, you may use a baler for compacting light metal waste like food cans and aluminium cans.
You need a baler with a relatively high press force to compact empty aluminium cans. It is important that the material is well compacted from the very first press cycle. Our X-series balers, which have cross cylinders with long cylinder strokes, are very suitable for this purpose.
We recommend that you put a layer of cardboard at the bottom and on top of the bale to keep it stable. Sometimes you might also benefit from wrapping the finished bale with plastic film.
All types of cans! You can compress aluminium cans, tin cans, paint cans, food cans etc. All types of hazardous and non-hazardous cans op to 30 litres, but you can’t compress pressurised spray cans.
No, you don’t need to clean the cans before compressing them. The most important thing is that they are empty.
However, we supply balers with draining system and a drip tray to handle residual liquids from cans. To prolong the service life of your machine you may consider a galvanized model.
Yes, you can. Our drum press is designed to compress oil drums and other drums without explosive contents. It is suitable for drums up to 200 litres.
Spikes in the press plate puncture the drum and remove air for a compaction ratio of up to 90 pct.
No, you don’t need to clean the drums before compressing them. Just make sure that they don’t contain any residual potentially explosive and hazardous material.
Yes, you can compact aluminium waste in our X30 and X50 balers.
To get the tightest bales, it is important that the aluminium is compacted very hard from the very first press cycle. Our X-series balers have long internal cylinders and can reach the bottom of the baler with a very hard press force. This is called a long stroke. The result is optimally compressed aluminium waste, even if the baler is almost empty.
We recommend that you put a layer of cardboard on the top and at the bottom of the bale to keep it stabile. You may also benefit from wrapping plastic film around the finished bale.
We offer a draining system that combines baling and draining in one step. This solution is very useful if you handle a lot of waste with residual liquids e.g. aluminum cans from soda and beer and PET bottles.
The lower part of the door is sealed to prevent splashing. You can read more about our draining solutions here.
If you compact residual liquids and want a prolonged service life of your baler, choose a galvanized model.
This we would need to investigate deeper based on the specific material. In some cases, it is possible in our X models. However, it might need to be shredded before compaction.
Please consult one of our sales specialists if you want to compact these materials.