How Balers Work as an Effective Business Waste Management Solution

Resource efficiency and recycling have over recent years become a top Government and UK commercial sector priority, so finding Green ways to manage waste has never been more of a priority for businesses of all sizes. One of the easiest, most cost effective solutions to tackling your business waste is to purchase or rent an industrial baler, not to mention the savings on landfill tax and other waste disposal costs that these effective machines offer. This guide offers a useful overview of how balers work so that companies can understand why they make sense for every type of business.

How Balers Work as an Effective Business Waste Management SolutionThe Difference between Balers and Compactors

Firstly, to dispel common confusion between the two, let’s look at the difference between balers and compactors:


Compacting machines are designed to simply crush mixed waste into a smaller volume so that more waste can fit into the bins which are collected by your waste disposal service. For those companies that do not produce large amounts of the same type of waste stream and therefore do not segregate waste in mixed waste bins, they are ideal in minimising waste volume for disposal, however compactors do not provide a recycling solution since different types of waste stored together act to cross contaminate each other.

Balers How Balers Work as an Effective Business Waste Management Solution

In addition to robustly compacting waste into small, tidy bundles that are tied together for extremely easy handling and disposal, balers bring a host of other advantages. They are designed to give businesses the ability to conveniently sort their waste at source so that no cross contamination occurs. This means that each bale produced by a baler has Green value in terms of recycling. For companies that generate smaller amounts of waste and spend more than £20 per week on general waste bins, balers help to provide streamlined waste management and savings on waste disposal costs such as bins, skips and landfill fees. Companies that generate large amounts of waste will be able to earn extra revenue by selling uncontaminated bales to recycling companies. As an example, recyclers will pay approximately £80 per tonne of cardboard, and £200 per tonne of plastic.

How Balers Work

In a nutshell, if you own or rent a baling machine, your staff will simply place loose waste material of the same kind into the baler via an opening. The baler in-feed opening leads to a chamber where the waste material accumulates (saving space on site) and when full, the machine is switched on and the pressing plate crushes the material to the bottom. Once enough compacted waste has accumulated, is it ready to make into a small bundle called a bale. The bale is then bound by wire or plastic banding for convenient handling during waste disposal. It is also important to note that there are a number of baler and compactor models available to tackle different kinds of waste streams – from cardboard and plastic to tin cans.

How Balers Work as an Effective Business Waste Management SolutionThere are even specialised compactors that are able to extract valuable oils and liquids from waste materials. In our guide titled Why Balers are a Must for Every Business, we have a more comprehensive bullet list of the types of waste materials that balers can tackle, as well as a thorough description of the benefits that these effective machines offer.Last but not least, balers are also highly flexible machines in terms of fitting into your existing business operations. You can buy or rent a standalone machine to ‘plug and play’ anywhere on site that you find suitable, or alternatively you can buy a baler model that slots in as part of a bigger material handling process with conveyor systems and shredders.


Balers are designed to provide the ideal solution to waste management and resource efficiency for businesses both large and small. Unlike compactors, they do not merely crush waste but act to efficiently sort waste with a minimum of fuss. Once compacted into tidy bales, you will be minimising your waste disposal costs and, depending on the volume of waste your company generates, potentially be able to earn extra revenue from recycling companies.

While this guide provides a useful overview of how balers work, to further discuss your needs and the models that would best suit your individual business, please feel free to Contact our team of specialists or Book a Free Waste Audit.