Baling wire for recycling magazines

According to the EPA, the total generation of paper and paperboard was 67.4 million tons in 2018, a significant portion of which was magazines. Baling Wire Direct is proud to support magazine recyclers with our high-quality baling wire products.

Our partnership with magazine recyclers

Baling Wire Direct is a key partner to the magazine recycling industry. We provide high-quality baling wire that is integral to the recycling process. We manufacture 100% USA-made baler wire, supporting domestic industry and helping recycling operations to run smoothly and effectively.

Our products play a crucial role in the baling process. Baling wire is used to secure large quantities of magazines for shipment and processing. The high quality of our products ensures minimal waste due to breakage, improving safety, reducing costs, and minimizing material use.

But our partnership with the recycling industry doesn’t stop at the use of our products. We also promote the recycling of used baling wire. By recycling used baling wire, recycling companies can double down on their environmental commitment, reduce the use of precious resources, and reduce carbon emissions.

The future of the magazine recycling market

The future of the magazine recycling market appears promising. The paper recycling market is projected to reach $13.1 billion by 2034, driven by the surging demand for recycled paper in various industries due to environmental concerns.

Despite challenges such as high machinery costs and market price volatility, the increasing demand for recycled paper, coupled with a growing emphasis on sustainability, is expected to fuel the growth of the magazine recycling industry in the coming years.

The magazine recycling process

The magazine recycling process promotes sustainable resource use and feeds into the circular economy. Magazine waste undergoes the following steps:

  1. Magazines are collected and transported to a recycling center, where they are labeled as mixed papers due to their different fiber qualities.
  2. Once at the recycling facility, magazines must be prepared for recycling by removing contaminants such as membership cards, product samples, stickers, and plastic wrap before the recycling process.
  3. The magazines are shredded and mixed with water to create pulp. The pulp is then washed, cleaned, refined, and blended into slush, similar to the regular paper-making process.
  4. The resulting paper fibers, while not as strong as they once were, can be used to make various products such as facial tissue, paperboard, newspaper, and writing paper. However, recycled magazines cannot be remade into new magazines due to the weakening of the fibers during the recycling process.

Recycled paper can undergo several life cycles before the fibers become too short to make new magazines. The plastic sleeve or packaging that some magazines come in may also be recyclable, and it should be removed and recycled separately if present.

The benefits of recycling magazines

Some of the economic and environmental benefits of recycling magazines include the following:

  • Recycling newspapers saves energy and water, reducing the carbon footprint.
  • Paper recycling provides numerous local jobs, minimizes environmental fines or taxes, and boosts a company's green credentials, leading to increased sales and higher profit margins.
  • Recycling paper minimizes the need for new landfills and the associated costs and environmental impacts.
  • The paper recycling market is projected to surge in the coming years, offering high-profit potential for efficient recycling operations.

The challenges of recycling magazines

While there are many upsides to recycling magazines, the process also faces several challenges, including:

  • Glossy paper composition. Magazines are often coated with white clay and have thick fibers, making the recycling process more challenging due to the glossy paper composition.
  • Fiber strength. Recycled paper fibers are not as strong as virgin fibers, limiting their reuse for making new magazines.
  • Contaminant removal. Magazines contain inserts, special inks, and other non-paper materials that must be removed before recycling, complicating the process.
  • Improper disposal. Many magazines are thrown away with general waste.

Baling wire products used to recycle magazines

We offer a range of products suitable for magazine baling applications, including:

  • Black annealed baling wire. This specific baling wire is ideal for recycling magazines due to its smooth feed into horizontal balers and elasticity. It is available by the spool or by the box.
  • Galvanized wire. Suitable for bales that will be stored for long periods in outdoor environments, we offer both Class 1 and Class 3 galvanization based on your needs.
  • Single loop bale ties. Available in black annealed or galvanized finishes, these bale ties are essential for hand-tie baling applications, including the recycling of magazines.
  • Double-loop bale ties. These high-resistance quick-link wire ties are suitable for use on vertical magazine balers.

Common types of balers used in magazine recycling

Magazine balers are used to make the recycling process more efficient and cost-effective. Different types of balers are commonly used in the magazine recycling industry, including vertical balers, horizontal balers, and two-ram balers.

Vertical balers are generally more affordable and take up less space than horizontal balers, making them popular for small-scale operations. Horizontal balers typically feature auto-tie capabilities. They take up more floor space, but allow for superior production compared to vertical balers. 

Two-ram balers are typically horizontal and can handle high quantities of magazines. The additional ram packs more material into every bale to maximize baling, storage, and shipping efficiency.

By using the appropriate baler, recyclers can improve process efficiency and productivity while also reducing costs.

Our magazine baling wire sizes

Our magazine baling products come in a wide variety of common sizes. Our products are compatible with all baler machinery, including vertical and horizontal balers.

Gauge is the standard for sizing baling wire. Diameter is inversely related to wire gauge, meaning that a smaller wire diameter corresponds to a higher gauge wire.

  • Our hi-tensile galvanized wirecomes in 11 and 12 gauge.
  • Our regular galvanized baling wire comes in 11, 12, 13, and 14 gauge.
  • Our black annealed baling wire comes in 9, 10, 11, and 12 gauge.

Our single and double loop bale ties come in 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 gauge (with half sizes available in select products)

Magazine baling wire for sale

We make a wide range of magazine baling products. Order bulk quantities of box wire, stem wire, or bale ties. Click on any category to learn more.

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EPA. (2023, November 22). Paper and Paperboard: Material-Specific Data | US EPA. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Retrieved January 15, 2024, from

Sutaria, I. (2024, 01 15). Paper Recycling Market: A Strategic Business Report to 2034. Future Market Insights. Retrieved January 15, 2024, from

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