ROI for Baler is Just 20 Months at Chicago Coding Systems

Chicago Coding Systems reduces waste costs and container rentals, leading to a return on investment (ROI) within 20 months.
From Challenges


  • Poor recycling rates
  • Inefficient handling of cardboard
  • Expensive dumpster rental
To Benefits


  • Eliminate container rentals
  • Fast return of investment
  • Reduce waste handling bill
With Bramidan

Old solution was expensive

Expensive dumpster rental

CCS until recently had two 6-yard dumpsters that were used for mixed waste.

About 50% of the generated waste is cardboard, 10% is soft plastic, 30% is adhesive material that is hard to recycle (can be used for incineration because of the high burn value) and the remaining 10% is mixed garbage. The monthly hauling costs were in excess of 450 USD.

Bramidan X10 HD – simple to install

Fast return of investment

The machine was ordered on Tuesday and was up and running Thursday afternoon thanks to Bramidan’s distributor in the Midwest, SC Environmental, who sold and installed the machine. SC Environmental’s service technician, Sean Murphy, installed the machine in less than two hours, including giving the staff training on how to operate the baler.

“The machine was delivered and it was simple to just move it into place with a regular pallet jack. We changed the motor setting to 208 volt, and because of the low profile, cross-cylinder design, we didn’t even have to raise the cylinder. It was a very simple install”, adds Sean.

“It was a relatively simple decision”

Eliminate container rentals

Once Rob Wienhoff, Vice President of CCS, was introduced to the concept of baling and the simplicity of the Bramidan X10 HD, he quickly started calculating the rate of ROI. Being used to calculate ROIs of equipment, it was simple to compare the waste costs with the monthly rate for the equipment purchase.

Even without including the reduction in time spent breaking down cardboard boxes, and walking to the outdoor dumpster – or even the revenue generated from selling the cardboard bales to a local recycling company – the rate of return was less than 30 months. If all factors were included, the rate of return was less than 20 months – a no brainer.

Now, the 200 lbs bales are stored in the back of the warehouse, and every time CCS has 10-15 bales, they call a local hauler, who stops by and picks them up. The more bales they can store before calling, the higher price they get.
The rate of return was less than 30 months. If all factors were included, the rate of return was less than 20 months – a no brainer.
Rob Weinhoff
Vice President, Chicago Coding Systems
Chicago Coding Systems (CCS) – with premises in St. Charles, Illinois – provides many different solutions for printing, labeling and coding companies. CCS has more than 50 years experience with this business, and is very well-known for its high quality and knowledge. They even have customers such as Louisiana Pacific, Quaker, Clorox and Coca-Cola.

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