It was announced by the UK government in 2018 that all drinks containers in England, whether plastic, glass or metal, will be covered by a deposit return scheme (DRS).

Consumers are expected to return their bottles for a small monetary value or perk, once returned retailers are responsible for the recycling of the containers.

Whilst the new DRS is sill subject to consultation, many companies are getting ahead of the curve, with one UK retailer recycling over 310,000 bottles in just approximately 8 months.

Greenbank has a baler specially designed for such materials and their potential fluids, the baler comes sealed as standard and with a specialised drainage system. In addition, the machine can be galvanised to prevent corrosion.

Adrian Saltmarsh, Greenbank’s Technical Sales Consultant, is on hand to answer any queries you may have.


T: 01642 249924

What to do with Waste Polystyrene


What to do with Waste Polystyrene

What to do with Waste Polystyrene

Today’s post is all about polystyrene. We investigate how your company can dispose of such waste in a green, cost effective and timely manner. We will also cover the aspects of making waste polystyrene into an additional revenue stream. Keen to find out more? Read on…..

What exactly is polystyrene?

Quite simply, it’s a versatile plastic made into a foam type material. It’s a popular choice for manufacturing companies as it cushions and insulates products for sale. Surprisingly, its composition can be up to 95% air.

Who uses polystyrene?

At a guess, we would say ‘you do’, if you are reading this blog! On a serious note, many companies make use of this material. It’s ideal for insulating and keeping appliances safe. Further uses include food companies, automobile industries, roadway sectors, the NHS and more. The list is lengthy.

So, we have established what polystyrene is, who uses it and the basic benefits. What we need to uncover is how to then dispose of such a material. For some, waste is likely to be minimal. Other companies however will have huge quantities to get rid of, some even on a daily basis. Let’s investigate how this is carried out. First of all, a question;

Can everyone recycle polystyrene?
If we look at the residential aspects, most councils will not allow polystyrene into the recycle bin. This does unfortunately, increase the average household’s carbon footprint, especially during festive times. Companies however have options. Let’s delve in further.

Can I not just send polystyrene to landfill?

Yes, you absolutely can – this is completely your prerogative as a business owner. Are you familiar however with the associated costs of choosing this method? Do you understand the environmental impact attached? Would you be interested in investigating more cost effective and greener methods?

But wait, there’s more…..

You can actually make money from recycling polystyrene!

Yes! It’s true

and this method is fast becoming an additional revenue stream for many companies.

But how?

Using a polystyrene compactor is not only a space saving, environmentally, money saving option. By compacting waste into manageable bales/blocks, these can be sold on to recycling companies who will put them to good use.

So, you are a company and have vast amounts of polystyrene. Let’s go through the recycling stages.

Stage 1: Investigate Polystyrene Compactors

Familiarise yourself with these cost effective machines. Capable of compacting large amounts, compactors offer a low maintenance option and can be used continuously.

Stage 2: Choose and Purchase a Polystyrene Compactor

Having carefully researched the machines available, the next step is of course to purchase the best one to suit your business needs. At Greenbank Waste Solutions we have three options.

SC1000: A low maintenance option that can handle both wet and dry polystyrene. The Sc1000 is easy to operate and has an average compaction ratio of 40:1.

SC2000: This option has the capability of compacting large amounts of material, handling up to 90kg of EPS per hour (density depending). Also low maintenance and easy on space, the SC2000 has easy to touch screen controls.

SC3000: The largest of the three mentioned models, the SC3000 will handle up to 250kg of EPS per hour. Easy to use, this machine works quickly and effectively.

If as a company, polystyrene contributes to large volumes of waste, a compactor is by far the best option. Low maintenance features mean the job of loading is not an arduous task and can be carried out quickly and effectively. The end result offers a sellable bale.

How much can I sell a bale for?

This is something you will need to research, but on average you can make around £200/tonne. Based on the weight mentioned, this will confirm as to whether or not compacting is a feasible option for you.

Why not discuss polystyrene compactors further with our experts? We have a wide industry knowledge and are ready to help companies take the next steps towards recycling and additional revenue streams.

Calling all Household Waste Centres: The Wolfpak WP30 is now Available

Calling all Household Waste Centres: The Wolfpak WP30 is now Available

Calling all Household Waste Centres: The Wolfpak WP30 is now Available

We are heading rapidly towards the end of the year and Christmas is clearly visible on the horizon. With 2019 just around the corner it seems only appropriate to tell you all about the latest addition to Greenbank Waste Solutions. The Wolfpak WP30 is the compactor to feature at every Council Household site (known to residentials as the tip)! But what makes this machine so special? Let’s investigate.

What is a compactor?

Quite simply, a compactor is a device or machine designed to reduce the size of materials and in this case, waste. A good compactor aims to reduce the volume of waste meaning companies can load more, produce more and potentially sell on recyclable bales.

Can you give us a brief overview of the Wolfpak WP30?

Absolutely! This is a mobile compactor, ideally placed on any ground that’s firm. With many household waste centres requiring disposal at ground level, this makes the WP30 ideal.

What kinds of waste can be added?

This compactor has been specifically designed to deal with large amounts of waste. Bulky waste is not a problem and the Wolfpak will comfortably handle items such as a three piece suite, pallets and even substantial garden waste. Standard waste such as copious amounts of XXL cardboard boxes are no problem for this machine and similar dry waste will also compact accordingly. With the ability to work conveniently, timely and economically across a whole range of household waste, we draw your attention once again to the fact the Wolfpak WP30 is the go-to compactor for household waste centres.

Tell us about the features this compactor has to offer;

We have already mentioned that the WP30 has the ability to compact large amounts of bulky waste. This feature in itself is enough to encourage further research. There are of course, further benefits. When placed on ground level, the low feeding opening makes this machine very easy to load.The low loading height and large loading apertures make this safe and easy for the public to use also. Of course once full, the WP30 will require emptying. An expanding roof makes this process straightforward every time. Prefer a maintenance free press chamber? This compactor is equipped. Finally, you will notice this machine offers a rib-free structure. You’re immediately met with a smooth surface where advertisements can be placed.

Can we choose a specific colour?

Yes, you can choose a colour. We adhere to safety rules and regulations at all times as well as ensuring a good small footprint. We use lead and chromium free paints on all Wolfpak WP30 compactors.

Moving towards 2019 we foresee this compactor to be the go-to model. It’s smooth design, mobile ability and easy feeding make it ideal for household waste. To discuss this machine in more detail, please get in touch with our specialist team.

With the new GDPR regulations do you require confidential shredding?

With the new GDPR regulations do you require confidential shredding?

With the new GDPR regulations do you require confidential shredding?

Thanks to GDPR regulations your company is responsible for the proper handling of confidential data, ensuring that it is both stored and (where necessary) destroyed correctly.

We held a Q&A with our Technical Sales Consultant, Adrian Saltmarsh to find out more about confidential shredding.

What sector would you say would benefit most from confidential shredding?

It’s definitely worth considering within all sectors if you handle customer data, although from recent experience the retail and e commerce sector has been most affected.

Can shredders be added to existing equipment?

Yes, a shredder can be a small stand alone unit or integrated into a larger waste system.

The shredded material can be either collected in a bag and disposed of or baled, on a larger system the shred can fall directly onto a conveyor or into a baler.

Can I bale shredded paper?

Yes, shredded paper bales very well in the correct machine, shredded paper can often cause a mess, we therefore supply bagging systems for horizontal balers.

Bagging system on a horizontal baler

What materials can I shred?

Almost any material can be shredded. Normally polythene or cardboard that carry customer name and address labels are the largest consideration when conforming to GDPR regulations.

Bespoke options?

All bespoke situations have a solution somewhere. With a wide range of standard options it gives scope to build a bespoke unit to fit within your application.

Bespoke Static Compactor With Bin Lift

Bespoke Static Compactor With Bin Lift

Bespoke Static Compactor With Bin Lift

Greenbank were recently contacted by a hospital in the North West of England, to create a bespoke waste management solution.

Our customer required two units to compact their waste fed via a single touch button controlled bin lifter, they also desired many additional features such as lights placed within the cages, the control panel to be key operated for safety and security reasons and the machine maintenance panel hatches to be hinged for easy access.

Along with meeting the needs of our customer in supplying two static compactors with bin lifters (fed via a single entry safety cage), we were also able assist by building in the following extra benefits:

  1. A warning light system that notify operators when the unit is 3/4 full and completely full
  2. A CONNECT intelligence system that informs customers of skip level full notifications and of any breakdowns. This information is also sent directly to ourselves to reduce call out time with any future service breakdown call outs.
  3. Complete comprehensive use and fault finding training with operatives.
  4. The compactors were installed with retainers to prevent the spring back of waste material
  5. Full length side panels from the base of the machine to the floor to prevent waste from blowing underneath and aid cleaning up the area.
  6. We installed end ratchet container clamps to allow the skip driver to remove the container without the need for access in to the bin lift cage.



Murray completes ABM course!

Murray completes ABM course!

Murray completes ABM course!

Congratulations to our Head of Service, Murray Johnston, on completing his Advanced Business Management course!

The Advanced Business Management course trains students in the science of business management including the study of the key business topic areas in order to become effective business leaders.

Murray completed modules on Leadership, Management, Finance, Operations, Sales and Marketing. The course lasted 15 months in which Murray spent many early morning and late nights completing.

Speaking about the ABM course, Murray Johnston, said: “This 15 month gruelling course has taught me many life lessons especially in the business area.  Each module had to be related back to Greenbank so it was easy to put changes into practice straight away.  It has set me up extremely well for future challenges and I cant wait to put these into practice.  The best module was definitely the one on leadership it taught me what my leadership style is and how to make the most of the strengths I have.

The broad knowledge I learnt across the whole business was well received and I would like to thank all team members for their help throughout the course.”

Are double chamber balers a thing of the past?

Are double chamber balers a thing of the past?

Are double chamber balers a thing of the past?

Double chamber balers have seemed to deteriorate in popularity during recent years, you may ask why and our top three reasons are

  1. The Health & Safety risks associated with double chamber balers – sliding the heavy press head across from one baling chamber to the other increases the risk of strain injuries
  2. Labour intensity of double chamber balers – reduced loading aperture as the bale size increase
  3. Customers often don’t have the same quantity of each waste stream – there is often 2-3 times more cardboard then polythene so the second chamber could end up being nothing more than an inefficient storage box

Your next question may be, if people aren’t using double chamber balers how are they dealing with two waste steams?

At Greenbank we advise customers to purchase two vertical balers, a B4 and B20, which cost approximately the same as a double chamber baler. (Usually customers tend to have less polythene and more cardboard, hence the small and large vertical balers.)

Vertical balers benefit from simple control panels, automatic eject systems and low noise levels, which make life easier and safer for operators. To operate our range of vertical balers, only the baler door needs to close, there is no sliding of the press head which reduces the risk of strain injuries.

Where space is limited on site, two smaller units can be me efficiently positing in tight corners where the larger twin machine may not fit.

The main benefit of having two vertical balers as opposed to a double chamber baler is the ability to load waste simultaneously.

Speak to us today to find out more




This world environment day its time for a change.

World Environment Day occurs on the 5th of June every year and is the United Nation’s principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

First held in 1974, it has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging environmental issues, this year the campaign is targeting plastic pollution.

People around the world are taking notice of plastic pollution. And more and more, they’re pledging to do something about it.

We’ve helped numerous companies tackle their plastic waste from polythene to PET, we have machines suitable for your application.

Greenbank’s range of vertical balers are perfect for soft plastics such as LDPE  and PP strapping whilst our X-Range balers  provide the ideal solution for hard plastics such as HDPE and PET.

How spacious is your waste storage area?

How spacious is your waste storage area?

How spacious is your waste storage area?

If you produce a high amount of recyclable material but don’t have a lot of space for a machine to compact it then a Greenbank fully automatic baler could be just what you’re looking for…

CC40 V

A standard automatic channel baler is around eight or nine metres long, Greenbank’s CC40V machine measures under 5 metres including the run off table. Here’s how it compares to similar models…

As illustrated above, our standard automatic channel baler is significantly smaller than that of our competitors, yet has the same performance, throughput per hour and bale size as the comparisons models.

HPK 750 H

Greenbank’s HPK 750 H fully automatic baler, is a side tying machine. In general, such machines take up more space due to the tying needles that are placed at the side of the machine. Greenbank’s HPK 750 H has a unique tying mechanism which doesn’t require needles (as seen above).

This machine is perfect for compacting delicate items such as shredded paper, tin cans and plastic bottles.

Our compact range of balers are the perfect solution for warehouse facilities, distribution centres and manufacturing outlets.

Speak to us today to find out more

Employee Of The Month Winner Announced

Employee Of The Month Winner Announced

Employee Of The Month Winner Announced

We’re proud to announce our employee of the month for April 2018, Scott Ward!

Scott is Greenbank’s stock controller, you can usually find him manoeuvring machines around the workshop and managing our goods in and out.

Greenbank’s employee of the month is decided by our staff. Each employee gets two votes, which they use to choose who within the company they believe has worked the hardest that month. The votes must be based on our statement of values. The person with the most votes receives the title of employee of the month and spins our wheel of fortune to reveal their chosen prize.

Following Scott’s win, Greenbank’s Head of Operations, Wayne Skelton commented: “Scott has always been a dedicated worker, but the past month he has worked exceptionally hard completing his daily tasks but also successfully completing a first aid and fire marshal course. We’re proud to have him as a member of our team.”

Well done Scott, and thanks for all your hard work!

If one of our members of staff has gone the extra mile for you, let Laura know ( and they might be on their way to winning our next employee of the month!

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