Baling wire for recycling tires

According to the US Tire Manufacturer’s Association, about 1.4 million tons of scrap tires were diverted to ground rubber markets in 2021. We're proud to support the tire recycling industry with essential baling wire products, from bale ties to stem wire.

Our commitment to quality and the environment

Our baling wire is expertly manufactured for durability, dependability, and cost-efficiency. All baling wire is thoroughly tested for strength, longevity, and function, ensuring that customers receive only high-quality products that meet their needs.

Our commitment to environmental sustainability is evident in our mechanical descaling process, which removes mill scale and surface rust from the newly-formed wire, eliminating the use of harsh, environmentally unsafe chemicals from the production process.

Baling Wire Direct also encourages the recycling of used baling wire, recognizing the importance of preserving natural resources and reducing the need for virgin material. By ensuring that baling wire is recycled, our partners are contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions and improving their business reputation.

In recycling, baling wire is used to tie and secure bales of shredded rubber tires and other materials. We supply high-quality baling wire made from US steel, ensuring high bale integrity and efficient movement of material through the logistics network. We are proud of our critical role in the recycling industry as a supplier of high-quality baling wire.

The tire recycling market forecast

The tire recycling industry is poised for significant growth in the coming years. According to Allied Market Research, the global tire recycling market, which generated $12.9 billion in 2022, is projected to reach $18.1 billion by 2032, with a compound annual growth rate of 3.4% from 2023–2032. This growth is driven by several factors, including the increasing number of automobiles, initiatives to encourage tire recycling, and a reduction in the challenges associated with the disposal of scrap tires.

The industry is also expected to benefit from the rising demand for sustainable and environmentally friendly practices, which is driving the adoption of tire recycling processes and products. Furthermore, the market is anticipated to witness a surge as the component shortage induced by COVID-19 subsides, and major players in the industry, such as tire manufacturers, invest in tire recycling plants.

The tire recycling process

The tire recycling process involves several key steps to ensure the efficient and environmentally friendly reuse of end-of-life tires.

  1. Collection of used tires from various sources, including individuals, gas stations, and tire shops.
  2. Removal of steel wires embedded in the rubber for repurposing in the production of other steel goods. This often involves using dewiring equipment.
  3. Rubber processing through methods such as shredding, cryogenic grinding, and pyrolysis to create recycled materials such as synthetic turf, playground floors, and tire-derived fuel.
  4. Thorough cleaning and sorting of the resulting materials to ensure their quality and readiness for repurposing.

The tire recycling process plays a vital role in reducing the environmental impact of end-of-life tires by minimizing waste and promoting the circular economy. Baling machines and baler wire play a critical role in facilitating the tire recycling process.

The benefits of recycling tires

The benefits of scrap tire recycling are significant and wide-ranging, contributing to environmental sustainability and resource conservation. Some of the key advantages include:

  • Conserving landfill space for other materials. Tires take up a substantial amount of space in landfills due to their round and hollow shape. By recycling scrap tires, landfill space can be conserved.
  • Preventing disease spread by eliminating mosquito and rodent habitats. Discarded old tires provide homes for disease-carrying rodents and mosquitoes. Scrap tire recycling helps eliminate these potential breeding grounds.
  • Creating new products from recycled tire materials. Recycled tires are turned into a wide range of useful products, such as tire-derived fuel, rubberized asphalt, flooring, railroad ties, and playground turf.
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Impressive amounts of energy can be saved by recycling tires, ultimately leading to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Preventing pollution by diverting rubber tires from the environment. Recycling efforts help reclaim millions of scrap tires left illegally in sensitive habitats.

Rubber tire waste has a significant environmental impact, making the waste tire recycling process a critical aspect of protecting the environment and conserving resources.

The challenges of recycling tires

The challenges of recycling scrap tires include the following.

  • Complex tire composition. Tires contain a combination of rubber, steel, nylon, and other raw materials, making them challenging to recycle.
  • Tire durability and resilience. Tires are designed to be long-lasting, strong, and resilient, which makes them difficult to break down.
  • Limited tire recycling infrastructure. One major obstacle is the lack of widespread tire processing facilities and baling equipment needed to handle these unique materials.
  • Scrap tire volume and storage. The sheer volume of scrap tires and the need for adequate storage present tire collection and transportation logistics challenges.
  • Lack of scalable and economical tire recycling methods. Although the technology exists to repurpose tire components, implementing processes affordably at scale has proven difficult. In many cases, producing new tires from virgin rubber is cheaper than recycling.
  • Slow pace of market development. Within the recycled tire material market, matching supply with demand remains a significant hurdle.
  • Tire recycling plant downtime issues. These highly automated facilities rely on near-constant operation, and any downtime can severely impact productivity.

Overcoming these barriers will require continued innovation and infrastructure investment to unlock the full potential of the waste tire recycling process.

Common tire baler machines

Tire baling equipment can include the following baler types:

  • Horizontal balers. These high-powered baling machines are a popular choice for baling tires in large-scale operations. They efficiently compress and bale large volumes of waste tires, however their horizontal orientation requires adequate floor space.
  • Vertical balers. A common baler for waste tires, they provide a space-saving, versatile option for scrap tire recycling facilities to bale tires. However, their baling capacity is typically lower than horizontal balers.
  • Two-ram balers. Utilizing one ram to compress materials and a second ram as a control mechanism, these balers can be oriented vertically or horizontally for scrap tire bale production.

These specialized scrap tire baling machines provide efficient, compression of shredded tires into manageable bales.

Tire baling wire sizes

We offer steel wire suitable for baling tires in a wide variety of common sizes.

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

  • Our single and double loop bale ties come in 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 gauge (with half sizes available in select products)
  • Our regular galvanized baling wire comes in 11, 12, 13, and 14 gauge.
  • Our hi-tensile galvanized baling wirecomes in 11 and 12 gauge.
  • Our black annealed baling wire comes in 9, 10, 11, and 12 gauge.

Check our gauge guide for more detailed information.

Tire baling wire categories

We offer a complete selection of baling wire products. Order bulk quantities of stem wire, box wire, or bale ties. Click on any category to learn more.

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Allied Market Research. (2023, August 14). Tire Recycling Market to Reach $18.1 Billion, Globally, by 2032 at 3.4% CAGR: Allied Market Research. PR Newswire. Retrieved January 12, 2024, from

U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association. (2022, October 25). 2021 US Scrap Tire Management Summary October 25, 2022. U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association. Retrieved January 12, 2024, from

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