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Cardboard Balers

Our cardboard balers save you time and make you money.

Baling cardboard makes it easier to store, and our variety of machines will help with a variety of waste cardboard problems.

  • AutoLoadBaler

    Are your staff tied up loading cardboard balers by hand for 4 or more hours each day?

    Would you like to get 85-90% of these hours back to use for profitable work?

    Most users save 2000-4000 hours each year.

    Sell bales: Yes

    Materials: Cardboard

    Bale Weights
    400kg - 450kg
    Material To Recycle
    Cardboard / Paper
    Weekly Volume
    Price From
    £41,877.00
    Rental From
    £218.00 per week
  • BaleTainer®

    Do you produce large size, bulky, difficult to handle cardboard?

    Do you currently fill open skips or use compactors?

    Are you paying for transport and disposal in inefficient loads and missing out on revenue?

    Are you making light bales and so payloads of PET/cans?

    The unique BaleTainer® solves these problems and more while freeing up your staff for profitable work.

    Sell Bales: Yes

    Materials: Paper, Cardboard, Cores, Film, PET, Cans, TetraPak® and more.

    Bale Weights
    350kg - 450kg
    Material To Recycle
    Cardboard / Paper, PET Bottles / Drinks Cans, Plastic / Film
    Weekly Volume
    Price From
    £POA (£100,000.00+)
    Rental From
    £POA
  • BP10

    Designed for small sites with big waste problems the BP10 baler packs a hefty punch.

    With its small footprint and low headroom requirement, this baler can be located wherever your waste is generated, enabling you to deal with it at source.

    Using 10 tonnes of compaction force, and with a large feed aperture, the BP10 makes bales of up to 120kg and is easy to load with bagged waste or recyclable materials such as cardboard, paper, polythene film, cans, plastic bottles and drums, etc.

    A fast cycle time, auto cycle, auto full, bale eject, error diagnostics, patented design, low service costs and proven long life make this machine the perfect choice when you need a lot from a little.

    Sell Bales: Yes, subject to material type and load weight.

    Materials: Cardboard, Paper, Plastics, Polythene Film, Bulk Bags & TetraPak® Cartons.

    Bale Weights
    80kg - 120kg
    Weekly Volume
    Material To Recycle
    Cardboard / Paper, Plastic / Film
    Price From
    £6,870.00
    Rental From
    £44.00 per week
  • BP18

    A perfect mid range baler with a whole host of benefits.

    Sell Bales: Yes

    Materials: All except for tin cans and PET bottles.

    Bale Weights
    250kg - 280kg
    Weekly Volume
    Material To Recycle
    Cardboard / Paper, Plastic / Film
    Price From
    £12,100.00
    Rental From
    £70.00 per week
  • BP28

    The Strautmann BalePress 28 is designed to be the safest, fastest and easiest vertical baler to use on the market.

    Sell Bales: Yes

    Materials: All except for tin cans and PET bottles.

    Bale Weights
    320kg - 350kg
    Weekly Volume
    Material To Recycle
    Cardboard / Paper, Plastic / Film
    Price From
    £12,765.00
    Rental From
    £73.00 per week
  • BP53

    Does your operation generate high volumes of cardboard waste?

    Are you using 1100L bins, FEL/REL/roll-on-off skips or even static/portable compactors for your cardboard waste collections?

    Would you like to be paid for your cardboard by the tonne rather than paying per uplift/exchange?

    With a Strautmann BP53 you can easily bale, stack and store part or full loads (up to 24t) of cardboard to sell and so turn waste cost into profit!

    No more waiting for your skip/compactor to be emptied, no more inefficient journeys to the skip, no more crushing or folding of difficult and bulky material, no more transport charges – just lots more recycling revenue from selling what you used to pay to throw away!

    Sell Bales: Yes

    Materials: Cardboard

    Bale Weights
    400kg - 450kg
    Weekly Volume
    Material To Recycle
    Cardboard / Paper, Plastic / Film
    Price From
    £15,425.00
    Rental From
    £86.50 per week
  • CB - Twin Ram Baler Series

    Does your recycling operation need to handle a wide range of materials like cardboard, paper, PET bottles, drinks cans, mixed rigid plastics, film, PP bags, aluminium and steel offcuts and more?

    Do you want maximum bale weights to ensure minimum handling/storage and full weight payloads?

    Do you need to change materials quickly and cleanly?

    Are PET bale weights over 1000kg important to you?

    Ideal for multi material baling at sites such as council operations, waste transfer stations, MRFs, distribution centres and manufacturing plants, the Durapac TR 90-180 series twin ram balers offer maximum weight bales, fast and clean material changeovers and safe, reliable performance.

    Sell Bales: Yes

    Materials: All

    Bale Weights
    400kg - 1200kg
    Material To Recycle
    Cardboard / Paper, PET Bottles / Drinks Cans, Plastic / Film
    Weekly Volume
    Price From
    £POA
    Rental From
    £POA
  • CB-L Channel Balers

    Is your operation growing exponentially?

    Are recyclable materials or waste arriving faster than your existing baler can handle?

    Are you specifying a new facility with an eye to future growth?

    Do you place high value on performance, OPEX and lifespan?

    Durapac’s CB-L range of large size, high production balers offer competitive pricing and surprisingly fast returns on your investment.

    Sell Bales: Yes

    Materials: All

    Bale Weights
    700kg - 1000kg
    Material To Recycle
    Cardboard / Paper, PET Bottles / Drinks Cans, Plastic / Film
    Weekly Volume
    Price From
    £120,000.00
    Rental From
    £595.00 per week
  • CB-M Channel Balers

    Are you fed up with back-ups and blockages in your baling production due to waste jamming in an old baler?

    Would your recycling operation benefit from a larger, faster baler that could handle a wider range of materials and increased volumes?

    Are expensive repair costs and downtime hurting your bottom line?

    Our Durapac CB-M range of high specification balers offer fast throughputs and heavy bale weights yet are surprisingly cost effective to operate.

    Talk to us today about the next, best business investment you could make.

    Sell Bales: Yes

    Materials: All

    Bale Weights
    400kg - 600kg
    Material To Recycle
    Cardboard / Paper, PET Bottles / Drinks Cans, Plastic / Film
    Weekly Volume
    Price From
    £110,000.00
    Rental From
    £545.00 per week
  • CB-S Channel Balers

    Does waste handling/loading/baling keep your staff from profitable work?

    Does your operation depend on a compactor collection service from a third party contractor?

    Are you paying for waste removal in skips/compactors that could baled and sold for profit?

    Are you spending 10s of £1,000s per annum on labour that you could save with automation?

    Durapac CB-S Channel Balers are purpose designed to free up staff and “turn waste cost to profit”!

    Sell Bales: Yes

    Materials: All

    Bale Weights
    250kg - 500kg
    Material To Recycle
    Cardboard / Paper, PET Bottles / Drinks Cans, Plastic / Film
    Weekly Volume
    Price From
    £100,000.00
    Rental From
    £495.00 per week
  • CB40 semi auto baler

    The CB40 semi auto baler is ideal for handling a diverse range of materials.

    Sell Bales: Yes

    Materials: All

    Bale Weights
    300kg - 400kg
    Material To Recycle
    Cardboard / Paper, PET Bottles / Drinks Cans, Plastic / Film
    Weekly Volume
    Price From
    £39,000.00
    Rental From
    £200.00 per week
  • CB44 semi auto baler

    The CB44 semi auto baler is ideally suited for businesses that produce large volumes of recyclables that require large hoppers.

    Sell Bales: Yes

    Materials: All

    Bale Weights
    350kg - 450kg
    Material To Recycle
    Cardboard / Paper, PET Bottles / Drinks Cans, Plastic / Film
    Weekly Volume
    Price From
    £42,700.00
    Rental From
    £220.00 per week

Cardboard Balers Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a cardboard baler?

    A cardboard baler (sometimes referred to as a cardboard crusher) is a type of recycling machine utilised to process recyclable waste into a format that allows for easy and efficient storage on site in preparation for collection by a waste management services provider.

  • What size cardboard baler do I need?

    Cardboard balers come in a variety of sizes and have fundamental differences that impact how quickly and how much material you can load before needing to cycle the machine; as well as the size of material that can fit in.

    We have provided some general guidance below:

    Filling Opening: Ease of Loading

    Consider the size of the cardboard you are looking to recycle. For example, a cardboard sheet that is 1000mm wide x 600m long would not fit in a small baler chamber of 700mm x 450mm without folding both sides.

    A large model such as a mill size baler will also have significantly more depth in the chamber allowing you to fill more material before cycling the machine.

    Both of these fundamental considerations can save you significant amounts of time, even with our models fast cycling time of only 32 seconds.

    Bale Size: Storage and Floor Space

    Consider how much space you have in your facility or yard. Two examples of bale sizes:

    Typical small balers: 700 x 500 x 500 (L x W x H mm) versus mill size balers: 1200 x 800 x 1100

    A small bale will require ejecting from the machine regularly, a larger bale will not. A larger bale will also be more structurally sound and safer to stack using a forklift or bale stacker, whilst a smaller bale would be easy to move on a sack truck.

    Bale Weight: Maximising Tonnage

    If you are limited on space while looking to obtain the best rebates for your recycling bales, you may decide a large vertical baler is your best option.

    This is typically the case as most of the larger models will provide a bale that weighs 450kg and up. This means that for every 1 square metre of floor space, with a double stacked bale, you could have around 1 tonne of material. Where safe and appropriate to do so, you could have at least 1.35 tonnes of material stacked 3 high (being 3.3 metres excluding pallets) for every square metre of floor space.

    For bales typically stacked 2 high then, with 20 square metres of floor space, you would have an artic load of material.

    Based on these tonnages, you would obtain the best market rates, with Compact & Bale offering the below rates:

    Rates are per tonne as of April 2022

    When looking at a small or medium-mid-range baler you will find that due to the significantly reduced bale weight and size, recycling partners will have to break the bales open and reprocess them into a mill-size bale. This partner will have transported less tonnage on the collecting vehicle, which potentially results in greater costs handling the material. These factors result in a lower rebate paid to you unless the provider is flexibly collecting your material alongside other sites on a route.

  • What are the different types of cardboard baler?

    Balers for cardboard vary greatly and whilst they are used for the same purpose, they produce vastly different results.

    To help you identify which type of machine may be best for you, here are the five different types:

    Vertical Balers

    This type of baler is the most commonly found machine on the market and takes up the smallest footprint by standing upright. They are typically taller than they are wide.

    Cardboard press machines of this type can be found in small and low headroom environments or could equally be as tall as 4 metres.

    They are ideal for companies with limited space and provide options for small to mid volume producers of waste. You may find these machines are most suitable if you produce less than 20 tonnes of recycling per week.

    The more material you need to recycle, the less this range is typically efficient however because you are restricted by the cycle time of the machine. During the machines cycle, the door is closed to the chamber to prevent further filling and potential for injury, you can not continue filling until the door re-opens.

    Multi-Chamber Balers

    This is a vertical baler but with multiple chambers (up to four). This means you could recycle your cardboard, plastic film, rigid plastics, tins and cans as example, in one machine. You could alternatively, cycle the machine and while it is crushing in one chamber,  continue filling in the other. You might only want to do this however if you do not have headroom for a larger machine.

    Horizontal/Semi Automatic Balers

    This type is particularly popular for mid to large size producers. This is because the models can come with a splayed hopper which sits atop the machine and can be continually filled while the machine cycles. You can also fit a photocell so that the machine cycles automatically, which ensures the operator only needs to focus on filling the machine with material until the bale is ready to be ejected. This machine typically has significantly less downtime than a vertical baler machine but still requires to be manually tied off once the baler is ready to eject.

    Fully Automatic/Channel Balers

    Like the above semi automatic balers, these models can be continually fed by a conveyer, chute, bin lift, extraction system by hand and from a dock or ground level.

    They will also fully tie the bale and eject out onto a ramp. Dependent on the size of the ramp, you will save significant amounts of labour and prevent production stoppages.

    With the right in-feed option you could have a fully autonomous baling operation.

    They can also be fitting with modems and other specialist controls to notify remote operators of any issues (such as when the bale ramp is full requiring bales to be collected) as well as to provide controls and timing of material feeds.

    Twin-Ram Balers

    Two ram balers are the most effective balers for processing different types of material. This could be cardboard, hard plastics, RFD or plastic films; these models produce extreme bale weights and densities.

    What’s the difference between a Fully Automatic or Twin?

    The main consideration is heavier bale weights and on average a twin ram baler will process wider and greater volumes of waste materials whereas a fully auto or Channel baler is suited only for one material at a time such as for processing cardboard in a production plant, or in a distribution centre.

  • Where can we sell our baled cardboard?

    Your bales can be sold to a variety of papermills, manufacturers, reprocessors and exporters around the UK.

    Fortunately for Compact & Bale customers, this service is provided with every new machine installed.

    Our collections team have been purchasing commodities for 21 years, with a network that has grown to cover the majority of mainland UK. Your material will go to either a UK plant or to an export market, subject to your preference.

    This means if you buy a baler from our business, we will provide you with the best rates you can expect based on the material quality, site storage, machine size and accessibility.

    As part of our proposals, we will factor in your commodities and provide an offer for the material at current market rates.

    Providing you with a complete solution from the proposal stage through to the on-going operation.

    Rates are per tonne as of April 2022

  • What maintenance is required for a cardboard baler?

    Our business has been trading since 2000 and with a long history comes experience and reach. Our team has grown significantly over this period from a small office to a large production workshop with a highly skilled team of engineers.

    Servicing

    Our engineers are based around the UK in the South, Midlands and North providing regular Baler Servicing to all our clients.

    Servicing is typically carried out every six months and all our customers have an account to access all their maintenance records.

    In some instances, servicing may be scheduled more regularly dependent on the size of the cardboard baler and how much use or material it receives.

    Breakdowns

    In the unlikely event that your cardboard press breaks down, we operate a standard 24 hour call out time to attend and carry out repairs.

    Our baler engineers are experienced with repairing all manner of typical faults including those that are very much unexpected.

    The good news is, as suppliers of high quality machines, these instances are very much a rare occurrence.

    Maintenance Plans

    If you are looking to hire a baler then you are fully covered for both periodical servicing and breakdowns.

    All repairs include baler parts unless the damage is as a result of user error or negligence.

    If you are looking to outright purchase a baler, then we have a number of plans providing excellent cover which are bespoke to each type of machine.

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Estimated Weekly Volumes

Based on a 50kg per m3 material density
Visual Size Guide
1100L bin
55kg approx.
8 yard skip
300kg approx.
16 yard skip
600kg approx.
40 yard skip
1500kg approx.