Balers are extremely functional and incredibly beneficial additions to any business’ waste management process. They take waste materials, such as cardboard or plastic and press it into easily-handled bales of various sizes – depending on your baler model.

Choosing the right baler model is important. You don’t need to spend money on the largest type when you only generate a small amount of waste. Vice versa, if you go for a small model, you could be left with inefficient waste management if you produce a large amount of waste. It all comes down to making the right choice and the type of baler you need depends on a number of factors:


Your Waste Generation

The specifics of waste generation consist of:

  • The amount of waste you produce.
  • The common waste materials.
  • The volume of the material itself. 

These are potentially the most crucial bits of information you need when it comes to choosing a baler model. For example, a small amount of waste generated will only call for a smaller-sized baler. 

You may generate under 100kg of waste material every day, meaning a machine such as a B4 Baler would potentially be fit-for-purpose within your organisation. With a small footprint and a press force of 4 tonnes, the B4 Baler makes light work of waste, compressing up to 100kg at any one time. 

Waste volume is also a consideration. For example, cardboard and polythene are two voluminous waste types and can really take up space if allowed to be poorly stored or disposed of. Things like cardboard can also be bulky or non-uniform in size. In light of that, a B5W Baler would potentially be the right choice.

Named for its wide filling opening, the B5W is an extremely beneficial cardboard baler. With cardboard bales of up to 110kg and automatic bale ejection, this baler can turn awkwardly-sized waste material into something very easy to handle.

Your Site Space

Site space is also a consideration. For larger businesses, such as industrial plants, space can be easy to come by, meaning a larger vertical baler, such as the X40 Baler, a wide and low profile machine, could easily fit. In some cases, a business might choose one smaller baler but have the space and the need for two of them.

In contrast, some smaller organisations, such as retail businesses, will only have a certain amount of free space to work with. In all situations, it’s about finding the right balance between machine size and how much of your generated waste materials that it can bale within a day. 

Additionally, just because you may have the space, doesn’t necessarily mean you need a large baler if your waste generation amount is low. What you have to do is determine the size of baler in regards to both waste produced and space available, as well as where you’re actually going to put it.

A baler needs to be strategically positioned to be immediately accessible, with space for ejected completed bales, as well as being positioned in a place that doesn’t impede upon staff movement. 

Your Labour Requirements

With a smaller amount of staff, the amount of labour associated with waste management increases per person. This, however, is something made much easier by a baler. Machines on the market now are incredibly simple to use, requiring just a small amount of human labour. 

Some balers are semi-automatic while others are fully-automatic. A semi-automatic automates some tasks, leaving some that will need a manual touch. Fully-automatic balers automate a lot more processes and bale materials faster.

Evidently, the larger your waste generation is, the more help you might need from a machine.

Your Waste Management Process

You also need to consider the internal structure of your business. This could mean:

  • Quarterly changes in waste production. 
  • Amount of staff time required for waste management.
  • Waste disposal regularity. 

These all affect the type of baler you’ll need. For example, if you produce a medium and steady amount of cardboard waste or dry soft plastic and operate with a small amount of staff, alongside a semi-regular waste collection, an X25 Baler might be perfect for you. 

It only takes one person to tie-off the bale and release it from the machine and also is completely noiseless – perfect for smaller working environments. 

Now, if you’re still unsure about the specific waste generation or space requirements of your business, you can always request a free waste audit from us. Our experienced technical advisors will visit your site to evaluate your existing waste management process. From there we can develop a tailored solution for your business, detailing the cost-savings that can be achieved. 

Discover the Baler Model That’s Right for You

From an X10 to an X50, there are many baler models on the market right now that all satisfy different business needs. A good place to begin sorting through them and identifying the specifications that will benefit your business specifically is our brochure. It details our range of vertical balers, their sizes and their use cases, so you can start your journey towards better waste management with one simple click. 


Greenbank’s Vertical Baler Brochure

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