How to get the most out of your paper baler
Whether you’ve just purchased your first paper baler through phs Wastekit or your business has been enjoying the benefits of one for years or even decades, there’s always something new to be learned when it comes to recycling and waste management.
What is a paper baler?
First things first: a paper baler might just be the answer to your paper and cardboard recycling needs. It’s a pretty basic machine with basic design dating back to the first-ever balers, which were used on farms about a hundred years ago to bale hay. In the 1940s, they also began to be used for paper and cardboard waste management and waste disposal and, since then, have been developed to handle plastic waste recycling needs, too.
Also known as a baling press, the paper baler is—you guessed it—an industrial baler than compresses paper, cardboard and similar materials into tidy and manageable bundles that can be easily stored while they await recycling.
Paper baler tech is relatively basic (think: easy to maintain and lower risk of mechanical issues), so the classic machines remain an enduring favourite for just about any type of business that has paper and/or card recycling needs.
How does a paper baler work?
The machines themselves are nice and simple and so training up your team won’t be a massive commitment—although does, of course, have to be done thoroughly and by an expert.
Once your operating team is in the know and ready to go, they’ll need to sort through the materials headed into the baler. Firstly, they need to be sure that nothing else has snuck by—so plastics, metals and so on are removed—and then the inward-bound disassembled cardboard boxes and shredded office paper etc are sorted based on their category.
The paper baler then does its hydraulics-powered thing and crushes the materials into relatively tiny bundles, and the operating team unloads and stores the those, ready for waste disposal.
Paper balers come in a variety of sizes to suit any business size or need—and you can even find multi-purpose balers than could handle tin and other recyclable items!
Getting the most out of your baling press: what are the benefits of using a paper baler for
recycling, waste management and waste disposal
There are a lot of different benefits of using these great devices for your waste management and recycling needs, from being great for the environment to being downright impressive for your business’s bottom line. Let’s take a look through the positives:
- They are great for the environment and can help move your business towards hitting its next green goals.
- They’re fantastic space-savers: once your baler’s finished with your paper and card recycling, it’s a fraction of its original size and ready to be stored in a comparatively tiny space.
- They’re great value: not only do paper balers help you save on recycling costs, but you can actually make money by selling your pre-prepped waste bundles to brokers.
- And, last but not least, they’ll help keep your premises tidy and safer: with all those huge bags and odd bits of card lying around banished into a cube-like oblivion, not only will your space look tidier, but it’ll be safer
from tripping hazards, too.
Getting the most out of your baling press: keeping it in great working order
We’ll start by repeating that when your baler is first in place, it’s really important that an expert runs training for your operating team. Once your staff is fully trained and raring to go, we have a few tips that’ll keep your machine in top condition to manage your company’s waste for as long as possible:
- Make sure that only materials the baler is designed to handle are put in there: so, no plastics or metals into the paper baler!
- Keep your baler in mint condition with daily routine cleaning (inside AND out).
- And, just like your car, make sure those oil levels stay healthy by regularly checking and administering to as required.
- If your baler has a compressor (and most do), make sure to keep on top of its moisture levels by scheduling regular draining.
- We hope this one goes without saying: be sure to check for loose parts! Check regularly and have them seen to as required—regular maintenance from phs Wastekit will mean a longer life for your baler.
Following these simple steps will help you to make the most of out your baler, meaning many happy years of low-cost, high-environmental-impact recycling right on your business premises!
Get in touch with phs Wastekit today to find out more about how a paper baler could be the perfect solution to your waste management needs.