Groenrijk Garden Centre Saves Big With Bramidan Baler

With a B20 baler, Groenrijk Garden Centre saves $1600 annually on rental expenses by eliminating waste containers, demonstrating cost-effectiveness and long-term benefits.
From Challenges


  • Outdoor solution problematic
  • Enormous quantities of packaging
  • Many users of equipment
To Benefits


  • Significant savings on container rentals
  • Fast investment turnover
  • Clean and tidy facilities
With Bramidan

Baler keeps Groenrijk Garden Centre neat and tidy

Clean and tidy facilities

At the Groenrijk Garden Centre in Zuidoostbeemster business never stops. The garden centre covers an area of one and a half hectares, divided up between greenhouses and open space.

“We sell all sorts of articles for outside and inside the home,” explains Gert Jan Waterhout, the garden centre’s owner and manager. The centre attracts around a hundred thousand customers a year, who come to buy indoor and outdoor plants and flowers, pet supplies, stone, gravel, novelty and Christmas gifts, as well as furniture.

This means a correspondingly high volume of packaging materials. Mr Waterhout says; “Goods from China, in particular, often have three layers of packaging covering them. Each week we have between five and ten cubic metres of cardboard and two cubic metres of plastics. We used to dispose of all that in two containers. What did not fit, was stacked next to the containers – but of course, with just a bit of wind, it got blown all over the place. I wanted to get rid of this rubbish!”

No loose waste is put outside anymore

Outdoor solution problematic

Mr Waterhout had already heard a bit about balers. He did some research on the Internet, asked for a few quotes, and finally selected the Bramidan B20, a really powerful machine. After about six weeks he and the cleaning staff, as well as the other employees, were very satisfied.

The B20 is located in the warehouse and all cardboard is immediately put into it. Plastic is first collected in big bags and then later compacted into bales. No loose waste goes outside anymore. For customers ordering garden furniture it’s a blessing that the Groenrijk Garden Centre takes away the enormous quantities of packaging – this also disappears into the B20.

A baler with a nickname

Significant savings on container rentals

Mr Waterhout takes the bales of used paper and plastic on the back of his lorry to the recycling company, which is located nearby. He is not sure yet what price he will get for these – but at least the $1,600 which he will save per year in container hire, will go back into his pocket. The machine has paid itself within five years.

As Mr Waterhout puts it: “It seems to me it couldn’t be any easier!” As a curiosity the baler at the Groenrijk Garden Centre has a name. The machine has been christened Herman Herman, after the cleaner who operates the machine and says every word twice. Mr Waterhout says: “Herman thinks it’s a great machine and is enormously proud that it has been named after him. He has no problem at all operating it. It simply can’t go wrong. And most important, it has a nice yellow color!”

Each week we have between five and ten cubic metres of cardboard and two cubic metres of plastics.
Gert Jan Waterhout
Owner and Manager, Garden Centre Groenrijk
The garden centre, which is part of a franchise, is located on the outskirts of Zuidoostbeemster in Holland. The company was established in 1963 and sells all possible sorts of items for outside and inside the home. The departments are arranged into home (interior), home (exterior), ambience, pets, aquatics and garden furniture. The company has 14 employees.

Popular within

Industry and production


Baler B4

The B4 is unique compared to other small balers. It is packed with extra features including an automatic ejection system and high compaction ratio.


Baler B4 Textile

Clothing and textiles are compacted into easy-to-move bales that are free of rips.


Baler B5 Wide

With a wide feed opening of 39 inches, the B5 W is specifically designed for compacting bulky materials.


Baler X10 HD

A high-capacity baler with a small footprint and an impressive 22,000 lbs. of press force.


Baler B20

The wide feed opening on the B20 is ideal for large cardboard boxes, plastic shrink wrap, and paper. Retainer dogs inside of the chamber keep material compacted.


Baler X25 HD

The X25 HD has a low overall height due to the internal cross cylinders. Achieve stable compression due to the powerful press force and long stroke.


Baler X25 HD Galvanized

The X25 HD Galvanized baler is suitable for both indoors and outdoors. It was pecifically designed for customers with wet or demanding surroundings.


Baler X4830

The X4830 is a powerful low-profile baler with a high-press force and fast cycle time.


Baler X30 HD

A high-capacity baler with a large feed opening to easily accomodate bulky boxes and expandable plastics.


Baler X30 HD Galvanized

A strong compact baler with powerful cross cylinders that can handle dense waste materials. The chamber is designed for baling wet waste with residual liquids.


Baler B6030

No need to break down large cardboard boxes. The extra wide feed opening allows you to easily toss boxes right into the baler.


Baler X6030 LP

The X6030 LP is a low profile baler with great press force and a heavy duty construction. Cardboard bale weights of 800+ lbs.


Baler X50 HD

The X50 HD is a reliable heavy-duty baler with a superior press force for reliable and consistent performance.


Baler X50 HD Galvanized

All of our hot-dip galvanized models are suitable for both indoors and outdoors. They are designed to withstand wet and demanding environments.


Baler B7242 SD

The B7242 with sliding door (SD) baler is a large, heavy duty machine that will produce 72″x42″ cardboard bales weighing 1,400+ lbs.