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  • What is the difference between a waste baler and a waste compactor
    Bergmann 1100-E Rotary 1100 litre bin compactor

    The terms Waste Baler and Waste Compactor are often confused.

    However, the difference is easy to explain. The terms Waste Baler and Waste Compactor are often confused. However, the difference is easy to explain.

    What is a Waste Baler?

    A Waste Baler, or simply a baler is used to compact recyclable materials such as cardboard, plastics, and metal cans into square or rectangular bales for easy transport.

    While these recyclables can be thought of as waste some some people, they usually have a high value and are traded through the recycling industry and turned back into new products.

    The recycling industry then needs the materials to be transported in efficient sizes, hence the need for a baler, or a waste baler. If you want to sell your recyclables and you generate enough of them, you’ll need a baler to present the materials to the recycler.

    What is a Waste Compactor?

    A Waste Compactor, or rubbish compactor is mainly used for general waste which is not recycled. The purpose of a compactor is to save you money on your waste disposal.

    A compactor is a piece of heavy machinery which will compress as much waste as possible into its container so that it can be transported to landfill, an incinerator or a waste-to-energy plant.

    Organisations who find themselves generating a lot of waste need to use a compactor rather than putting it in wheelie bins. The compactor will allow you to consolidate all your waste into one collection made less frequently. This means that you’ll save money on the transport and reduce the number of bins you need.

    There are two main types of waste compactor:

    • Portable (or mobile) compactor, comprises a hydraulic compaction unit and a press plate with a container compartment into which the waste is pressed until the unit detects, through pressure sensors, that the container is full. It is picked then up by the waste contractor and taken away to empty and returned to site to be filled again.
    • Static compactor comprises only the hydraulic compaction unit and the press plate. The container is a separate item which is supplied by the waste contractor and attached with clamps to the compactor. Once the static compactor has filled the container, the waste contractor brings an empty container and exchanges it for the full container, taking the full container away to be emptied.

    Why Use a Waste Compactor for Recyclables?

    Waste contractors collecting recyclables and local authorities who run household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) prefer to move their waste and recyclables around using their skip or roll-on- off lorries.

    As these lorries are more suited to pick up containers or portable compactors, in this instance it’s easier if people put their waste and recyclables out in waste compactors instead of waste balers.

    Using a compactor for recyclables is purely for the convenience of moving from one location to another, as the compactor will compress all the material but not as efficiently as a baler. If the local authority wants to sell the waste into the recycling industry, they will have to get the materials baled in a separate step, typically with a semi-automatic or fully-automatic baler.

    We hope this helps you understand the difference between these two terms and your decision on what type of machinery you need.

    Why not contact Bergmann Direct to get a quotation and see how we can reduce your waste disposal costs and increase the money you can earn on your recyclables.