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Plastic Balers

Plastic is a notoriously difficult material to bale, especially hard, rigid plastics.

Using our balers, plastic is efficiently baled for easy and safe storage on site, as well as rebates for baled material.

  • 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 (£130,000.00+)
    Rental From
    £POA
  • Mini Balers: BP3CD - BP4CD - BP6S/6

    Strautmann’s range of small balers are ideal for low volume producers (5-50t per year) of recyclable materials like cardboard, polythene film and even general black bag waste.

    With options from 3-6 tonne compaction force they make bales weighing 30-70kg, achieving up to 90% volume reduction.

    The cost savings their use brings can be significant – imagine paying for only 1 bin or skip instead of 10 – how much would you save?

    These machines facilitate recycling, reduce disposal costs, cut collection frequencies and so CO2 emissions, free up space, reduce time spent crushing boxes and ensure site tidiness and safety.

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

    Materials: Cardboard, Paper, Plastics & Polythene Film.

    Bale Weights
    30kg - 60kg
    Material To Recycle
    Cardboard / Paper, Plastic / Film
    Weekly Volume
    Price From
    £4,230.34
    Rental From
    £40.00 per week
  • 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
    £7,014.61
    Rental From
    £56.00 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
    £12,267.70
    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
    £12,928.21
    Rental From
    £83.90 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
    £15,582.52
    Rental From
    £99.31 per week
  • PP1208

    With its 58t press, super heavyweight construction and range of “special designs” for cardboard, cardboard and film, film, PET and cans, hard plastics, PP bulk bags and even E-scrap waste, the PP1208 is the most powerful, heavy duty and highest performance vertical baler in Strautmann’s range.

    If you want a machine to handle the highest volumes with the highest reliability, operating 24-7/365 in even the toughest environments, the PP1208 will not disappoint.

    With every Strautmann patented design, and including a number of features to increase productivity, reliability, longevity, safety and operator comfort, in a world full of balers the PP1208 stands head and shoulders above the rest.

    Sell Bales: Yes

    Materials: Cardboard, Paper, Plastics, Polythene Film, Bulk Bags, Tetrapak® Cartons, PET bottles, drinks cans & HDPE bottles/drums/kegs.

    Bale Weights
    400kg - 500kg
    Material To Recycle
    Cardboard / Paper, Plastic / Film
    Weekly Volume
    Price From
    £20,564.75
    Rental From
    £111.00 per week
  • MK700 twin

    Available with 4t or 6t pressure, the MK700 baler is the small but powerful baby brother of the MK1100. Making bales of 40-60kg, it is ideal for smaller spaces and lower volumes of all the same materials.

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

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

    Bale Weights
    50kg - 60kg
    Material To Recycle
    Cardboard / Paper, Plastic / Film
    Weekly Volume
    Price From
    £8,660.30
    Rental From
    £49.80
  • MK1100 twin

    The MK1100 uses 20t pressure and can be supplied with between 2 and 6 chambers that allow you to segregate and bale multiple materials at source, ensuring you are paid the best rebate values whilst using the least amount of labour and only running one baling machine.

    Sell Bales: Yes

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

    Bale Weights
    200kg - 250kg
    Material To Recycle
    Cardboard / Paper, Plastic / Film
    Weekly Volume
    Price From
    £19,212.86
    Rental From
    £102.60 per week
  • MK1100 twin long stroke

    With all the power, flexibility and efficiency of the standard MK1100 machine, the long stroke version is also ideal for tough to bale materials like hard plastics, PET bottles, HDPE bottles/drums/kegs, drinks cans, etc. and will make dense, heavy bales weighing up to 300kg.

    Sell Bales: Yes

    Materials: Cardboard, Paper, Plastics, Polythene Film, Bulk Bags, Tetrapak® Cartons, PET bottles, drinks cans & HDPE bottles/drums/kegs.

    Bale Weights
    250kg - 300kg
    Material To Recycle
    Cardboard / Paper, PET Bottles / Drinks Cans, Plastic / Film
    Weekly Volume
    Price From
    £19,775.19
    Rental From
    £105.00 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

Plastic Balers Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a plastic baler?

    A plastic baler is a type of recycling machine utilised to process plastic waste into a format that allows for easy and efficient storage on site in preparation for collection and onward sale by a waste management services provider.

  • What size plastic baler is best?

    Plastic baler machines come in a variety of sizes and have fundamental differences that impact the type of plastic that can baled. The size also impacts how quickly and how much material can be loaded before the machine needs to cycle; as well as the size of material that can fit in.

    We have provided some general guidance below:

    Baler Filling Opening: Ease of Loading

    When considering the size of the plastic waste that requires baling as an example, a large plastic drum or crate will not fit in the opening of a small baler. Even if you have a larger opening, you may not be able to fit much waste in before needing to cycle the machine. In this instance, you would likely require a horizontal baler with a large splayed hopper to provide maximum capacity. Conversly however, all sizes of plastic baler would be suitable for recycling plastic films.

    Bale Size: Storage and Floor Space

    When considering available space inside or outside to store bales, it’s good to consider the differences between a large and small plastic bale:

    A typical small baler will produce a bale of: 700 x 500 x 500 (L x W x H mm) versus a larger mill size baler being: 1200 x 800 x 1100 in size.

    A small bale will require ejecting from the machine regularly whereas 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 there are limitations on space but an emphasis on receiving the best rebates for baled plastic, a larger baler with a high press force will be required; especially if the plastic is more rigid in nature.

    A mill size baler produces a bale that weighs at least 450kg. This means that for every 1 square metre of floor space, with a double stacked bale, you could have just under 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 approx. 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 with handling the material. These factors result in a lower rebate paid  unless the provider is flexibly collecting material alongside other sites on a route.

    We will make recommendations on the right baler for plastics considering the available floor space, headroom, access, storage and location for collections.

  • What are the different types of plastic baler?

    Not all balers are the same. Whilst they are used for the same purpose, they produce vastly different results.

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

    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.

    This range of balers can be found in small and low headroom environments or could 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 baling 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 are 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 from 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 distribution centre.

  • Where can we sell our baled plastics?

    Your bales can be sold to a variety of granulators, 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 purchase any plastic baler from our business, we will provide you with the best rates you can expect based on the material quality, site storage, baler 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 and do not include haulier or reprocessing costs

    Plastic Film Buyers

    • UK PE Printed £330
    • UK Clear Natural £540
    • MRF Film £-70
    • 80:20 £40
    • 90:10 £300
    • 95:5 £400
    • 98:2 £510

    Bottles

    • Clear & Blue PET £540
    • Mixed Coloured PET £-25
    • HDPE Natural £800
    • HDPE Mixed Coloured £520
    • Mixed Bottles £240
    • Pots, Tubs, Trays £90
  • How much is plastic worth?

    Rates are per tonne as of April 2022 and do not include haulier or reprocessing costs

    Plastic Film Buyers

    • UK PE Printed £330
    • UK Clear Natural £540
    • MRF Film £-70
    • 80:20 £40
    • 90:10 £300
    • 95:5 £400
    • 98:2 £510

    Bottles

    • Clear & Blue PET £540
    • Mixed Coloured PET £-25
    • HDPE Natural £800
    • HDPE Mixed Coloured £520
    • Mixed Bottles £240
    • Pots, Tubs, Trays £90
  • What maintenance is required for a plastic 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 for a plastic baler machine may be required more regularly dependent on the size of the baler and how much use or material it receives.

    Breakdowns

    In the unlikely event that your machine 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 equipment, 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.

  • What baler is best for plastic films?

    The filters at the top of this page can be utilised to find the most appropriate plastic baler based on weekly waste volume.

    Consideration should then be given to the size and type of baler required, we have provided some examples in the answers above to assist.

    Plastic films are relatively straight forward and all of the of machines listed can bale plastic films.

  • What baler is best for hard rigid plastics?

    The filters at the top of this page can be utilised to find the most appropriate plastic baler based on weekly waste volume.

    Consideration should then be given to the size and type of baler required, we have provided some examples in the answers above to assist.

    If hard, rigid plastics are being baled then a horizontal baler would more than likely be required.

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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.