OBI Turns Waste Into Value With a X30 HD Baler

Rather than spending time and money on disposal of loose waste, Hungarian DIY centre, OBI, opted for a Bramidan X30 HD baler and now sell highly compacted bales to the paper industry.
From Challenges


  • Volumious waste fragments
  • Ever expanding container park
  • Increasing expenses for waste haulings
To Benefits


  • Generate profit from baled waste
  • Bale many different waste fragments
  • Staff save time and effort
With Bramidan

Waste is value

Staff save time and effort

People used to get tools and nails from the ironmonger, they bought paint and wallpaper from the specialist paint shop and wood from the timber merchant. Now the customers can obtain everything from the OBI store.

The variety of goods on the shelves in an OBI store means loads of waste in the goods reception, which take up a lot of space. The OBI Management visited H-Trio, a Bramidan distributor, during a customer event with professional presentation of the Bramidan product programme. H-Trio showed the OBI managers how to operate a baler and convinced them about the benefits of a baler solution. They made an agreement about installation of balers in all stores in Hungary.

Loads of loose waste

Volumious waste fragments

Previously OBI used to collect all waste into containers, separated in fractions: cardboard, foil and communal waste. They did not use any baler for compacting all this bulky waste, and they even considered having more containers. This meant more space needed and at the same time increased costs for rental and collection.
The employees used small roll containers to collect the foil and cardboard in the store and then pushed them outside to reload all waste into big outdoor containers. The distance was quite long between the store and the outside container and therefore this transport of waste took unnecessary time for the employees.

Test run was a success

Generate profit from baled waste

First H-Trio made a study of OBI’s needs for waste handling, and for the compression of cardboard they suggested a baler model X30 HD. After only three months of test run in their biggest store, OBI decided to buy this type of baler for all their stores.

The total waste handling solution for OBI included a Foster Press-Tainer for the foil and a LIM ContainerPacker for the communal waste. For the cardboard waste a X30 HD baler with wires was recommended, an important issue because the Hungarian paper industry only accepts the wire wrapped paper and cardboard bales. The size and weight of the finished bale was also important, it should be more than 6600 lbs. OBI sells their cardboard bales for recycling to the paper industry.

OBI is very satisfied with the solution that was recommended by H-Trio, and points out these advantages; the baler is placed at the waste source, employees save time, costs for container rental are reduced, and highly compacted bales are sold to the paper industry.
The baler is placed at the waste source, we save time, and costs for container rental are reduced.
OBI in Hungary
OBI is the leading brand on the German and European building and DIY market – and getting bigger all the time. In 1970 the first OBI store opened in Germany and today OBI is represented with more than 530 stores in 13 European countries, 38.500 employees and a yearly turnover of 8.0 billion USD.

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