FAQ's - Your waste material

Answers to questions regarding waste handling of these material types:

Yes, cardboard boxes can be recycled very easily and efficiently. By recycling cardboard, you are reducing your environmental footprint while also contributing to the reuse and production of new cardboard material.

Cardboard is recyclable as long as it is dry and not contaminated with food or oil. Cardboard can be recycled many times over. The majority of cardboard is composed of about 70 - 90% recycled materials; however, some is composed of nearly 100% recycled materials.

During the recycling process at the paper mill, cardboard is first shredded into tiny pieces, also known as fibers. Next, the fibers are mixed with water and chemicals to be broken down. The end result is called pulp.

The pulp is then filtered to remove any and all debris, such as tape, glue, metal, dyes and ink.
After it has been thoroughly cleaned, the pulp is left to dry. Once the drying process is complete, the pulp is then formed into solid sheets, or linerboards, which are glued together in layers to create new cardboard.

Soft plastic can be compacted in all of our vertical balers. The volume and shape of your material will help to determine the machine that is right for you.

A variety of products contain soft plastic recyclable material. The most common types are plastic wrappers, stretch film and shrink wrap for goods delivered on pallets, soft carrier bags, and bin liners.

The better sorted the material, the higher the purity; and possibly the value as well.

You can easily throw whole shoe and boot boxes into any of our small footprint balers. These balers is designed to take up a minimal amount of space.

View the filling opening dimensions on our balers under Product Specifications.

Yes, our medium sized balers are perfect for cardboard fruit and vegetable boxes. These machines can handle a wide range of sizes, including cardboard grocery crates, cosmetic boxes, and stacking fruit and vegetable containers.

View the filling opening dimensions on our balers under Product Specifications.

Yes, most of our balers can easily handle 60” widescreen TV boxes.

Our widest machine, the B6030 baler and X6030 LP baler can handle up to 65” widescreen TV boxes. There is no need to break down the boxes first. View the filling opening dimensions on our balers under Product Specifications.

For a more efficient work flow, we recommend tossing whole boxes into the baler. Doing this will create a higher density bale, as well as optimize time spent on waste handling.

Yes, you can easily use the same machine for both waste types, but not at the same time. We suggest making separate bales of solely cardboard  or plastic.

While you are baling cardboard, collect and sort soft plastic waste, like shrink wrap. Once you tied off and ejected the cardboard bale, begin to make the plastic bale.

Yes, it is possible to bale PET bottles. However, before compacting, the bottles need to be perforated or the lids taken completely off. If not, the trapped air inside of the bottles will cause a looser, less compact bale.
PET is one of the most abundant materials. It is found in soda bottles, water bottles, drinking cups, and food containers.

PET bottles can be baled in our X-series model balers. For a tighter and more stable bale, we recommend placing a layer of cardboard on both the top and bottom of the finished bale.

Yes, you can bale cans and other light metal waste (ie. aluminum) in a baler.

To bale cans, you will need a machine with a high press force that will compact the material during the first press cycle. With cross cylinders and long cylinder strokes, our X-series balers are designed for compacting cans and other heavy duty materials.

For a tight and stable bale, we suggest layering a piece of cardboard on both the top and bottom of the finished bale. Another option is to cover the finished bale in shrink wrap.

You can bale a variety of different hazardous and non-hazardous cans, including aluminum, tin, paint, food, etc. However, this does not include pressurized spray cans.

The most important thing is to make sure the cans are empty prior to baling them. You do not need to clean them.
We offer a drain system add-on with a drip tray to catch liquid residue on select models . We also offer a galvanized model to extend the lifetime of the baler.

Yes, we supply a drum crusher that is built to do just that. Our drum press is designed to crush standard 55 gallon drums and other non-explosive drums.

The press plate contains spikes which puncture the drum and remove air for a compaction ratio of up to 90 pct.

No, there is no need to clean out the drums. However, it is important to be sure that they do not have any potentially explosive and/or hazardous residue.

Yes, our X-series balers are perfect for compacting aluminum waste. These models are designed with X-shaped internal cylinders that create a very high press force. As a result, you are left with a very tight bale that is compacted during the first press cycle.

We recommend our X30 HD and X50 HD balers if you are planning on baling aluminum waste. To keep the bale stable, we suggest laying a piece of cardboard on both the top and bottom prior to compacting. Another option is to cover the finished bale with shrink wrap.

Yes, we supply a draining add-on for select models. With this solution, you will be able to bale waste materials that contain liquids, such as aluminum cans and PET bottles.

To prevent splashing, our draining system also includes a seal for the bottom door. Learn more about the draining add-on.

We also offer a galvanized model for customers who are interested in compacting materials with liquid residue, which will prolong the life of your baler.

Contact a member of our sales team if you are planning on baling hard materials.