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Waste in the Construction Industry: How to Optimize your Worksite

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From bulky debris to plastic waste like polyurethane foams, polystyrene boards, cardboard boxes, and foil, it's common to see waste buildup in construction sites. Let's take a look at our selection of top-quality balers which can streamline waste compaction, reduce costs, and enhance sustainability in the construction industry.

Bramidan baler B30 in the construction industry

How to manage on-site construction waste

First off, always keep an eye on local, state, and federal regulations about waste management in the construction industry. When it comes to managing your site, current best practices include:

  • Reducing waste: This can be done by using materials efficiently, reusing materials whenever possible, and recycling or composting waste materials.

  • Disposing of waste properly: This means properly segregating waste materials, using approved waste disposal methods, and tracking waste disposal activities.

  • Reporting waste generation: Construction companies are often required to report the amount of waste they generate on a regular basis. This information can be used to track progress towards waste reduction goals and to identify areas where further improvements can be made.

Construction companies must record and handle all waste produced during building, renovation, and demolition projects. These waste types incluide: rubble, concrete, plaster, asphalt, wood, metal, and glass. When it comes to recycling mineral or petroleum waste, the process typically involves depositing it into sizeable containers and transporting them to designated storage yards.

However, managing other waste types, such as oversized cardboard boxes or plastic waste, requires a slightly different approach.

Revolutionize your Construction Site

When it comes to waste management, the construction industry deals with diverse waste types. Bulky materials, such as drywall, plasterboard, packaging, and cardabord, are a constant struggle for general contractors and other industry players. The key to overcoming this challenge lies in effective waste reduction.

Enter compaction. By employing reliable balers or compactors, construction companies can streamline operations to lighten the burden of waste disposal. Cardboard, plastic wrap, and hard plastics can be significantly reduced in volume through compaction.

Not only does compacting waste offer operational benefits, but it also enables the acquisition of high-quality secondary raw materials, which can be an additional income source for companies.

Bramidan baler in the construction industry

Wondering how to choose the right machine?

For companies operating in the construction industry, choosing a baler requires understanding your waste workflow, as well as a consideration of the types of waste you will be working with. 

Vertical Balers

When it comes to compacting cardboard, paper, soft plastic, aluminum, and harder plastics like PET bottles, vertical balers are the ideal solution. These user-friendly machines offer intuitive operation and are perfect for worksites with spatial limitations, including low ceilings or small stockrooms.

One highly recommended solution in the industry is our mill-size cardboard baler - the B30 Wide. Its wide feed opening accommodates large and irregularly shaped cardboard boxes, plastic jugs, and shrink wrap. This high-efficiency baler effortlessly produces 1,000 lbs. bales of cardboard, making it a popular choice within construction sites. 

Other Types of Balers

In addition to vertical balers, Bramidan sells a range of horizontal balers and compactors for bigger worksites. Not sure which to pick? We'll walk you through it. 

Our equipment handles a variety of waste types


Cardboard boxes in a pile

Soft plastic / foil

Soft plastic


EPS blocks on top of each other

Foam / EPE

Coloured foam on the floor in a big pile

Hard plastic

White plastic cans in a big pile

Polyurethane PUR

Polyurethane PUR with a hand imprint


Blue XPS polystyrene insulation boards

Want to know more about the B4 or B30W?

We have highlighted only a select few models, but Bramidan offers a wide range of vertical balers, horizontal balers, and compactors.

Bramidan Baler B4

  • stop 8,800 lbs of press force
  • stop Produces compact Cardboard bales (85-130lbs) and Plastic foil bales (110-155lbs)
  • stop Low overall height (6.5 ft) and small base area (3 ft)
  • stop Easy and Convenient operation
  • stop Automatic Ejection system

Red RUNI screw press

Vertical baler B30 Wide

  • stop Produces cardboard bales (400-500 kg) and soft plastic bales (400-600 kg)
  • stop Very wide feed opening (>1.5 meters) - perfect for large boxes
  • stop Option - sliding door (SD) that opens automatically after running a press cycle
  • stop Optimization of time and workload

Yellow Bramidan B30 Wide baler with plastic recycling rack

We're here to help

Hesitant about these balers? Don't worry -- we'll help you choose the right one. Just contact us by filling out the contact form below.

Our team of experts have been in the industry long enough to advise you and your company, every step of the way. 

Ready to find your perfect baler?

Kristian Buur

President of Bramidan US

phone312 261 6006

Kristian Buur

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