Quick guide to recycling equipment types
Balers, sometimes known as compactors or presses, allow you to easily sort, compact and store your waste right from where you generate it. The correct baler installed will save you money, time and space.
Ideal waste types for baling are cardboard and soft plastics such as polyethylene but you can also bale tyres, hard plastics, cans, PET bottles and textiles.
Hydraulic Vs Pneumatic - This depends on what materials you are baling and the specific needs of your company. Uniquely, QCR offer both types of machines and do so based on what is best for you, the customer, rather then what we have in stock. Check out our Differences between hydraulic and pneumatic balers page for further reading.
Size does matter – a common misconception is that recycling balers are huge monsters of equipment. The baby of our family is the 102 waste baler which is the same size of a filing cabinet and a lot smaller then a regular 1100 bin. These are perfectly compact for storerooms or small outdoor waste areas. We have even installed these small balers down in cellars, on roofs and even underground in a wine vault! Our vast range of balers move up in size and we really do offer a different baler to fit all waste volumes including mill size vertical and horizontal balers.
Bin and general waste compactors
Bin compactors are ideal for reducing general waste costs. They compact the waste directly in the bin to reduce bins emptying costs.
Other general waste compactors like the QCR XP compact multiple bags into one manageable bag to reduce volume size 10:1
Cardboard packaging shredders
Cardboard shredders turn used cardboard boxes into protective packaging for packing goods and products for delivery. Reusing old cardboard onsite and turning them into packaging is the perfect part to accompany the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle sustainability initiative.
Can and drum crushers
They do exactly what they say in the tin… they compact cans and drums! Don’t pay to have the air collected in the used drums. Compacting them reduces volume 10:1 so you can fit more in your bins.
Glass crushers reduce glass volume by 5:1 and costs by 60%. With various throughput options we have solutions for pubs and restaurants as well has multi venue sites like shopping centers.
Glass-to-sand options are the next stage in glass recycling. Some of our customers have used the sharp free glass sand created to make jewelry, paths on golf courses and even bricks to build houses.
Polystyrene has a high compaction ratio at 90:1 which makes it ideal for a recycling EPS compactor. There is often value in the briquettes made by the compactors which offer potential for rebates on waste. With a range of EPS compactors, we are happy to advise which one is best suited to your business needs.
And many more…
Our range of recycling equipment doesn’t just stop at the list above. We have options for food waste, PET bottles, fruit trays, dewatering, clinical and hazardous waste to name a few.
For 22 years we’ve been supplying market leading recycling equipment to help companies reduce waste costs and their environmental impact. Our team will be able to advise which piece of recycling equipment will have a positive impact on your company to help you save money on waste.