Leader Price Saves 30% on Waste Bill With Bramidan

By choosing balers B20 and X25 HD balers for their warehouse, Leader Price reduced their expenses on waste handling equipment by 30%.
From Challenges


  • Inflexible roto compactor solution
  • High maintenance costs
  • Multiple collections every week
To Benefits


  • Direct savings of 30% on equipment
  • $700 saved annually on maintenance
  • Increased value of cardboard

Significantly cheaper maintenance with a baler

High maintenance costs

Says Leader Price buyer, Mr Cresson, “Rotocompactors are an expensive investment requiring a full service contract as the machines need to be checked every quarter. That’s another $950 per year for each unit”.

To that can be added the expense of consumables – 290 gallon plastic bags are used for both plastic and cardboard waste and must be replaced regularly.

Meeting logistical needs

Inflexible roto compactor solution

The logistical challenges were also becoming critical. Leader Price staff faced ongoing problems stacking the rounded cardboard bags. As storage capacity is limited, this necessitated an increasing number of collections.

Working conditions were also seriously compromised with the rotocompactor, as the machines need water to prevent dust from spreading inside the warehouse while cardboard is being smashed. “This solution was no longer viable environmentally, given possible water shortages,” Mr Cresson explained.

The solution – and 30% saved!

Direct savings of 30% on equipment

By choosing the Bramidan B20 and X25 HD balers, Leader Price was able to cut down costs on new equipment by 30%. Maintenance costs were also significantly reduced as the superreliable balers only require servicing annually.

On the production side, Bramidan balers have contributed to an increase in the value of cardboard, since the material is no longer moistened with water. Moreover, Leader Price stores can now stack up to three bales in their warehouse. This reduces the average number of collections to one a week.

Today, both cardboard and plastics are being compacted with the same machine, resulting in significant space savings as the footprints of the B20 and X25 HD are much lower than the rotocompactors. Best of all, staff are now enjoying better working conditions. The new balers are less noisy than their predecessors and drier too – eliminating the odor problems associated with mould.

Clear benefits
For Leader Price this waste solution offers clear benefits: A rational investment with savings on many levels – from maintenance costs to increased revenues for waste materials. They also had more available space for storage and improved working environment.
We cut down costs on new equipment by 30%.
Mr. Cresson
Buyer, Leader Price
With a 7,500 feet2 sales area – slightly above the average floor area of its competitors – Leader Price is two to four times bigger than traditional discount operations. Today, the company has more than 550 stores throughout France and aims to have over 1,000 outlets operational by 2014.

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