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Recycling – What are the Options? ben lee
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Our latest blog is a companion to our recently released blog on the rubbish and recycling industry and looks at different ways in which to recycle whilst taking environmental and work space related factors into account.


We look into how hydraulic based solutions can aid in this process to make recycling an easy and efficient process.


Businesses and recycling

One thing that all businesses have in common is recycling. It has become such a common day-to-day task that most people never give it a second thought as they go about their daily duties.

As varying amounts of waste products need recycling dependant on the business, it is essential that businesses review the correct technologies for the job.


Types of recycling technology

Compactors – A popular choice for storing recycled products as they save considerable space compared to other storage methods.

There are various types of compactor available and stationary and self-contained compactors are the two most popular examples. Stationary compactors are typically bolted to the ground and contain an attached received box. The unit is powered by a hydraulic ram which is typically 8’ to 10’ in length and our very own Mini or Standard Hydraulic Power Units up to 11kW are used for these applications. Stationary compactors are usually built using steel to protect them from the elements.


Self-contained compactors usually come in a single piece and are freely moveable from site to site. Due to their good protection against leakages they are normally found in hospitals and food outlets, though one point that goes against this type of compactor is that the storage box is more difficult to replace compared to a stationary compactor, typically taking over an hour to replace.


Balers – Are a good choice for companies who typically recycle over 10 tonnes of waste such as corrugated cardboard as they:


·         Maximises the weight of your recyclables by compacting them tightly which saves you haulage costs in
      the long run. This includes items such as cardboard, shrink wrap and other plastics


·         Helps raise commodity value as you are processing the waste yourself


·         Aids in clearing work areas from excess  waste materials which in turn raises productivity


It is important to choose the right baler dependant on your recycling needs as it is very easy to over budget on something you won’t be using to its full potential.


There are a number of different types of baler that suit various different businesses and the waste type they need to dispose of. We have highlighted some examples of these below:


·       Downstroke Low Profile balers – This type of baler is used if you have a height restriction in your workplace and typically fit a workplace with an 8 foot ceiling. It achieves this by having two parallel cylinders that take on the load.


·        Downstroke Vertical balers – These create a small footprint in the workplace with the majority of these units measuring a 5 foot width. They are a good, cost effective option over the typical compactor and if you recycle slightly less waste than average they are the go to option.


·        Horizontal balers – These units have a large capacity and can recycle over 25 tons of waste in a typical month. They cost a lot more than Downstroke balers but cut the labour use rate in the recycling process.


So, bearing in mind the examples given above when choosing the best tool for the job, you will need to take space, portability, processing power and cost into account as well as your typical recycling schedule while choosing the best recycling system for your workplace.

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