How Do You Bale Cardboard?

With the range of cardboard balers we stock, the optimal way to create a bale stays relatively consistent. In this way, as long as you know how the process works, baling cardboard can become second nature. In some of our product pages a video demonstration is available to show you how to load, operate, and unload a baler. You will want to utilise the space within the baler chamber as effectively as possible so to this end, flatten out the cardboard as much as you can; this could include compressing it with your feet, or taking apart boxes so that no corners protrude and produce negative space within the bale. Stacking boxes on top of each other neatly in the chamber is also a good way to reduce the negative space within the eventual bale.

Video from the BP10 page.

Another component of the baling process that is demonstrated in a few of these videos is the tying of the bales with baling wire or baling strap, which can be threaded through the machine and hold the material in place for unloading and transportation. Then there are self-tying balers (usually the larger models) which undergo the process automatically as the bale is pushed out on a conveyor, such as the Strautmann Baletainer. Balers like this are used for large quantities of cardboard and need to be offloaded with specialist forklifts.

The benefits of baling cardboard

Every tonne of cardboard you don’t throw away will typically reduce your waste disposal costs by £175-350.
Cardboard can be recycled up to 9 times, meaning every box you bale for recycling has a massive positive impact on the environment.
Baling waste cardboard ‘at source’ removes all double and inefficient handling, ensuring the consistent move of full bales each time.


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