Retail medium format stores - Gaarne Garden Centre
Time saved is money earned
When the garden centre Gaarne in Denmark installed two X30 HD balers from Bramidan, they finally got control of their waste handling. The balers are a big help with quicker sorting and less mess.
Time saved is money earned
When spring arrives the garden centre Gaarne feels it immediately. Thousands of customers spend the first warm days searching for new plants and garden tools for their garden projects this year. This swirl of activity also makes the staff busy in the warehouse, where they quickly unpack goods delivered and move them into the sales areas. Left in the stock area are heaps of cardboard, plastic, and other combustible waste, which must to be sorted before it is sent to combustion or recycling. Gaarne generates in total approx. 77000 lbs of waste every year.
“Just until last year we collected all waste in small tipping containers which were emptied into a compactor. This compactor could contain approx. 22,000 lbs of waste, which was taken to combustion at the refuse disposal plant, where we had to pay a fee of 180 USD per 2,200 lbs.”, says Sten Toender, head of department.
For about 20 years all waste was handled like this. Suddenly the refuse disposal plant informed Gaarne that they had to sort cardboard and plastic separately. In the beginning they put plastic waste into boxes but this turned out to be a very expensive solution, and it also took up a lot of space.
In February 2008 Gaarne therefore decided to buy a baler for plastic waste. Bramidan was chosen as supplier because Gaarne already had good experience with one of the company’s compactors. The choice fell on one of the bigger models, the X30 HD, which was placed directly in the goods reception. In this way the employees could easily throw the waste directly into the baler after unpacking.
“Now unpacking and sorting waste was much faster, and therefore we ordered another X30 HD to handle the cardboard waste”, says Sten Toender, adding that the old compactor is still used for combustible.
According to Sten Toender, there is no doubt that the two X30 HD balers have introduced improvements and made workdays a lot easier! “It is easier to unpack and sort waste when the balers are right next to you. We do not need to empty the small containers all the time - things just go a lot quicker now. You close the door of the machine and push the button. That’s it! We save about one hour every day”, he says, and adds that sorting waste also means income on recyclable materials”.
You close the door of the machine and push the button. That’s it! We save about one hour every day.
— Sten Toender, Head of Department, Gaarne Garden Centre