Our Guide helps you understand what the difference is between a Baler and a Compactor for business recycling; read and learn more
Business owners who have invested or are looking to invest in sustainable waste management solutions have undoubtedly heard of two major types of equipment: balers and compactors.
These machines perform a similar function: they compact waste in smaller blocks to facilitate easier transport. As a result, people often use the terms baler and compactor interchangeably. However, they’re not one and the same, so what is the difference?
There are a few important differences between balers and compactors, and it’s important to know these differences if you want to get the right waste recycling solution for your business.
Balers are used for recycling. Therefore, you can only add recyclable materials in them, such as paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, and so on. The baler then compresses these materials into dense loads, so that recycling companies can later pick them up and take them to recycling facilities, where they will be reused. Some companies even pay money for bales.
Compactors are typically used to collect mixed or non-recyclable waste, which is then compacted, picked up, and sent to the landfill. Compactors serve as a cleaner and more hygienic alternative for traditional bins because they keep all the rubbish nearly organised, compressed and safely sealed to reduce the risk of cross contamination.
As you can see, it comes down to the type of waste your business produces the most, not necessarily its volume. The answer also depends on what your goals are: Do you want to recycle more or do you just want to save space and reduce the amount of room dedicated to storing waste?
Balers and compactors both come in various sizes, so you’ll be able to find a suitable option no matter if you have a small or large business.
If you’re not sure what option is best for your business, a waste audit can help you figure out the right type of machine and how to streamline the waste management process.