The Different Sizes of Balers & Compactors
10th Jun 2022
Balers and compactors are an excellent option for businesses that create any amount of waste. Balers can be used for recyclable waste to neatly compact and store waste such as paper, cardboard, or plastic in neat bales, which can then be stacked and removed by recycling companies. Compactors can also be used to compact general landfill waste to make disposal as easy and financially worthwhile as possible.
With baled or compacted waste, businesses can easily and neatly store their waste before it is taken away. They can also save money (and energy) by reducing the number of waste collections that are made.
If you are thinking about getting a waste baler or compactor, there are several different types and sizes to choose from. In this article, we will explain the different sizes that are available and what this means for your business.
It is unfortunate, but most of us are still not in a place where we can recycle all of our waste – recycling is beneficial for your business as well as the planet! For general landfill waste, being able to compact it is the least bad way of getting rid of it, both in terms of the space that it uses up in landfills, as well as for ease of disposal.
Bin compactors have a compression ratio of 3:1, using hydraulic power to compact waste in about 45 seconds. The bin can reduce your bin lifts by 75% and has dimensions of H 2146mm (open), H 1676mm (closed) x W 955mm x D 1389mm (although it can be adjusted to accommodate a range of different bin sizes).
Glass is a material that has been recycled for years but is not always easy to recycle and often, therefore, ends up in landfill. A glass crusher is the best way to reduce the volume of glass waste that is created – and which can then be taken off to be recycled.
Glass crushers can have a compression ratio of about 6:1 and can be found in various sizes. The under-the-counter glass crusher has dimensions of H 840mm x W 600mm x D 600mm, accommodating 90 bottles per box.
The large bottle crusher can handle 680 bottles into a 140l bin and has dimensions of H 1920mm x W 840mm (1085mm with extraction) x D 1060mm.
The more general glass crusher has dimensions of H 1220mm x W 1085mm x D 1060mm and can handle approximately 90 bottles.
Waste baling machines are ideal for dealing with plastic or cardboard waste that can then be baled and stored neatly before being taken off for recycling.
Our smallest waste baler has dimensions of H 2260mm x W 745mm x D 540mm and produces waste plastic or cardboard bales of H 520mm x W 650mm x D 450mm in size. The largest waste baler that is available has dimensions of H 3055mm x W 1985mm x D 1130mm producing bales of H 1000mm x W 1200mm x D 800mm, and there are many other sizes between these two.
In a similar way to foam, polystyrene waste can also be immensely frustrating due to its seemingly wasteful use of space. Polystyrene can be messy and awkward, so compacting it into blocks is a great way for businesses to deal with large amounts of it.
Polystyrene (EPS) compactors are used to compact polystyrene waste into smaller blocks that can then be stacked and removed at a later date. A polystyrene compactor’s dimensions are H 2180mm x W 1310mm x D 785mm, and the blocks that are produced are from about 130mm x 130mm in size, at a compression ratio of 40:1.
Stackable polystyrene blocks are easy to store and can offer great cost savings for businesses that create large amounts of polystyrene waste. Slightly larger polystyrene compactors are available if you have more polystyrene waste, or, indeed, are looking to produce larger blocks.
Foam is a frustrating waste product because a lot of it is made up of air space! This means that greater amounts of space are taken up in both the storage and disposal of foam which may seem unnecessary.
Foam compactors are designed to compact foam waste such as Styropor, XPS, EPS, EPE, and EPP into blocks with a compression ratio of 50:1. Its dimensions are L 560cm x W 160cm x H 275cm, although it is possible to get bigger foam compactors.
The blocks that are produced are from 130mm x 130mm in size, and it can compress 12 – 200 tonnes of waste foam each hour.
Due to the foam compactor’s excellent compression ratio, businesses that create large amounts of foam waste can save significant money on waste disposal costs and space-saving.
If you would like to see how we can save you time and money on your waste – give QCR a call and we can arrange a free site survey.