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Waste Compactors and Waste Balers Frequently Asked Questions

We have put together a series of Waste Compactors and Waste Balers Frequently Asked Questions and answers we are asked about Compactors and Balers on a regular basis. However, if you do not find the answer you were looking for below please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the Mardon team.

WHY BUY WASTE BALERS?

Baler is the best method for collecting material to be recycled. Recycling centres prefer the material to be baled for easy handling. Most recyclers will give you a better price for your waste material baled than loose. The baling of waste material has become popular in recent years due to the ever increasing price of landfill in most first world countries.
Other reasons for buying a baler include: saving storage space, providing a safer and more hygienic area and helping the environment.

WHY BUY A GLASS BOTTLE CRUSHER?

The Rampack GC140 Glass Bottle Crusher will reduce your glass waste by a ratio of 5:1.
This reduction of bottles into glass cullet results in businesses needing less bins and collections and thus making great savings.

I THINK I AM LOOKING FOR A WASTE BALER BUT HAVE HEARD THIS MACHINE BEING CALLED SOMETHING ELSE?

There are many terms, the following are the most popular: Waste BalerBaling PressVertical Baler, Horizontal Baler, paper compactorDown Stroke Baler etc.

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH BALER IS BEST SUITED TO MY APPLICATION?

It is best to contact our sales team on 01769 572191.  We shall help you to complete a waste audit; we will measure outputs and types of waste generated and offer the best baler/machinery for the task.

HOW DO I INSURE MY BALER IS SAFE TO USE?

By making sure everyone operating the baler understands and follows the guidelines given in the manual supplied.

MY BALER IS NOT WORKING WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?

If you have a maintenance contract with the original supplier of your machine, then you should contact them.  If not, you can contact us.  We have our own highly qualified team of engineers based all over the UK, who can fix any type of recycling equipment, whether or not you bought it from us originally.  What’s more you can also get a maintenance package from us, in order to keep your machine in tip-top condition, whatever the make and model.  It is helpful if you can let us know the make, model and a serial number of the machine when calling.  Please call Sue on 07969 885909.

WHAT IS A MILL SIZE /EXPORT SIZE BALE?

All collected recycling material is transferred in bulk to paper mills or exported to other countries such as china to be recycled. In most cases, bales are loaded into 20’/40’ containers.  Horizontal balers will produce a mill size bale that uses the maximum amount of space and increases the payload of each container. Collected bales which are not export / mill size have to be broken down and re-baled to produce a mill size bale before they are loaded into a container.

WHEN SHOULD I BUY A HORIZONTAL BALER?

horizontal baler should be considered when paper, cardboard and other recyclable materials exceed quantities over 150 tons in a month. This is only a rough indicator and it would be best to contact us to audit your waste disposal needs. Please note there are many factors when buying a horizontal baler such as loading options, tying options, max tonnage, throughput needed and material type.

IS PLASTIC BANDING OR STEEL WIRE BEST FOR TYING BALES?

This does depend on the size and type of balers you wish to use the ties on.

  • On small balers plastic banding is most common.
  • On mill size balers both plastic banding and steel wire are used.
  • On horizontal balers steel wire is most common.

Plastic banding can be considered the cleaner and safer option of the two materials. In the case of breaking bales in paper mills some recyclers prefer steel wire as it is more easily collected than plastic banding. On the basis of cost plastic banding is better value than steel wire. You should consult us for the best option for your baler as there are different strengths needed for different types of waste material.

CAN I USE MY MARDON BALERS OUTSIDE?

Whilst all of our Rampack waste / recycling equipment are suitable for outdoor operation; it is recommended that the machine is located indoors or in a covered area. Doing so will increase the working life of the machine.

CAN I BALE SHREDDED PAPER?

This will depend on the way the paper is shredded. If paper is strip shredded then it can be baled but confetti-like shredded paper cannot be baled.

WHY IS BALING PET BOTTLES BETTER THAN SHREDDING THEM?

Plastic bottles need to be screened and sorted before they can be recycled. When shredded bottles are sent to recycling plants there is an issue that there are contaminated plastics mixed in the shredded material and no way to sort this material if shredded. Our PET Bottle Press is perfect for baling plastic bottles.

SHOULD CAPS BE REMOVED FROM PET BOTTLES?

Caps and rings are not contaminates and are not an issue for plastics recyclers. Taking caps off PET bottles will help the baler compaction process but is not a necessary activity. Our PET Bottle Press is perfect for baling plastic PET Bottles with lids / caps still on the bottles as it has a unique piercing mechanism which eliminates the need to remove the lids before baling.

DO I HAVE TO TAKE SELLOTAPE OFF CARDBOARD IN ORDER TO RECYCLE THEM?

In most cases recyclers will not mind a small amount of sellotape contamination, but larger amounts in bales will be rejected.

CAN I MIX CARDBOARD AND PAPER INTO THE SAME BALE?

This will depend on the size of your bale and who is collecting it. Mill size bales in most cases cannot be mixed, though smaller bales will have to be re-baled and some recyclers may sort the two materials at this stage and thus offer this service.

CAN I USE A RAMPACK BALER TO BALE CLOTHING?

All of our balers can bale clothing but our small balers are most popular for this process. The reason for this is the size of the bale suits the handling of clothing.

CAN I USE A MARDON BALER TO BALE CAR TYRES, CAR BUMPERS AND COMPUTER MONITORS?

Yes the RAMPACK 500 HD Baler is designed to bale these materials with a high level of spring back.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PNEUMATIC AND HYDRAULIC BALING PRESS?

Pneumatic balers are air operated by a compressor and air operated cylinders. Hydraulic balers are operated through a pump and electric motor using hydraulic cylinders.

WHAT POWER SUPPLY DO I NEED IF I INSTALL A BALER?

In Europe the Rampack Range will need either a normal single or a three phase connection. For a more technical / detailed description of baler electrical requirements please contact us on 07969 885909 and our sales team will be happy to help.

DO I HAVE TO TAKE LABELS OFF PLASTIC FILM FOR THEM TO BE RECYCLED?

No, these can be processed by the recycler, attached to the plastic film.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WASTE COMPACTOR AND A BALER?

Waste compactors are used to compress a large amount of mixed waste into a contained area to be picked up and collected by your waste collector. This process means that waste does not have to be sorted by the business but is a more expressive option of recycling; also there is a higher chance of contaminating materials such as cardboard or plastic making them unrecyclable. Balers are used by a business to take valuable material out of their waste stream and sort them into bales for collection; this takes down the cost of waste disposal and makes your material easier to recycle and has a lower carbon footprint.

CAN I CLEAN MY BALER WITH A POWER WASHER?

We recommend that you only power wash the inside chamber of your baler.

WHAT FINANCIAL OPTIONS SHOULD I CONSIDER WHEN LOOKING INTO RECYCLING EQUIPMENT?

If your business is thinking about investing in recycling equipment, there are many financial decisions to be made and various options for you to consider.  We have put together an explanation of the benefits and differences between hire, rent, lease and outright purchase to make these decisions a little less confusing for you.  Please see our “Hire and buy” article within the “Machines” heading on our website.

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