Baling wire for recycling tissue paper

According to the American Forest and Paper Association, nearly 68% of paper was recycled in 2022, with tissue paper composing a significant portion of that. Baling Wire Direct proudly supplies the world’s best baling wire products to the paper recycling industry.

About the tissue paper recycling industry

Baling Wire Direct is a dedicated partner to the tissue paper recycling industry, providing high-quality baling wire that plays a critical role in recycling operations. Baling wire is essential for transporting bales of paper to recycling facilities, creating an efficient and effective recycling process.

Our commitment to quality and environmental conservation

Baling Wire Direct produces high-quality wire products. We use only US steel in the production of our baling wire, purchased from family-owned steel mills. Our commitment to using US steel not only supports domestic industries but also ensures the quality and reliability of our baling wire. Our finished products constantly exceed the standards set by the American Society for Testing and Standards due to our innovation and excellence.

In addition to using US steel, we use a mechanical descaling process during wire production. This process removes the scale from the steel, improving the quality and durability of the wire. By choosing a mechanical descaling process we uphold our commitment to the environment by eliminating the need for harsh chemicals.

Our commitment to the environment extends beyond the manufacturing processes. We recognize the importance of recycling used baling wire. We strive to preserve natural resources, reduce carbon emissions, and manufacture high-quality wire products.

The tissue paper recycling market forecast

The global tissue paper market is projected to grow from $85.81 billion in 2023 to $133.75 billion by 2030. However, environmental issues, such as deforestation, pose challenges. To combat this, most US paper manufacturers are using recycled paper, which reduces reliance on virgin wood fibers. The search for alternative paper fibers is also driving innovation.

Technological advancements are expected to shape the industry's future by focusing on sustainable resource management. The concept of a circular economy is also gaining traction, aiming to reduce costs and increase consumer consciousness.

The tissue paper recycling process

The tissue paper recycling process involves several steps:

  1. Collection. This can be done through curbside recycling programs or drop-off locations at recycling facilities.
  2. Sorting. Tissue paper that is free of contaminants such as foil, glitter, or any shiny coating can be recycled.
  3. Repulping. The sorted tissue paper is then broken down into its individual fibers. This process turns the waste paper into pulp, which can then be used to create new paper products.
  4. Decontamination. This involves removing contaminants from the pulp so that the final product is clean and safe to use.

Drying and Cutting. The decontaminated pulp is then dried and cut into the desired size for the new paper product.

The benefits of recycling tissue paper

The use of recycled paper scraps offers many benefits. Recycling can:

  • Reduce energy consumption.
  • Decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Compared to incineration, recycling paper reduces CO2 emissions by around 20%.
  • Conserve natural resources. By recycling paper, there is less demand for wood pulp from forests, which reduces the need for deforestation and habitat destruction.
  • Create economic opportunities. A thriving paper recycling industry provides numerous local jobs where workers sort and process recycled materials.
  • Support sustainability. Recycling efforts help meet the paper demands of modern businesses while minimizing their ecological footprint. Green credentials benefit a company by minimizing environmental fines or taxes and boosting its reputation.
  • Reduce waste. Recycling paper diverts waste from landfills and prevents harmful greenhouse gases from enter
  • Promote a circular economy.

The challenges of recycling tissue paper

The process of recycling tissue paper presents several challenges, including the following:

  • Contamination. Food stains, makeup, or unhygienic fluids make it difficult to recycle paper scrap. Additionally, tissue paper with ink or coated with materials such as glitter or foil cannot be recycled.
  • Short fiber length. Tissue paper is often already made from recycled paper, which means the paper fibers are already quite short. After use, these paper fibers often become too short to produce a quality recycled paper product.
  • Lower quality. Recycled paper has a slightly rougher feel compared to paper made from virgin fibers, which can affect the quality of the final product.
  • Toxicity. Recycled materials can contain harmful toxins and pollutants that come from printed newspaper, coarse paper, and plastic-coated paper. These scrap materials have to go through a decontamination process to remove the paints and inks.
  • Economic challenges. The cost of recycling can be high due to factors such as the need for specialized equipment and transportation to specialized facilities.
  • Unacceptability. Not all recycling facilities accept tissue paper due to the challenges associated with its recycling. It's often easier for facilities to ban tissue paper altogether rather than sort through which tissue paper can be recycled.

Despite these challenges, recycling tissue paper is an important part of reducing waste and promoting sustainability. When tissue paper cannot be recycled, composting is a preferred disposal method.

Best baling wire for recycling tissue paper

Some of the common wire products used in recycling tissue paper include:

  • Black annealed baling wire. Known for its strength and flexibility, black annealed wire is often used for baling tissue paper due to its ease of use and ability to handle expansion.
  • Galvanized baling wire. This type of wire is coated with zinc to prevent rust and is commonly used in recycling operations due to its durability and resistance to corrosion.
  • Single loop bale ties. These are versatile and can be cut to any length, making them ideal for baling any volume of tissue paper. They are used with vertical, down-stroke, and horizontal balers.

When selecting a baling wire gauge, consider the following:

  • 12 gauge. Commonly used for general-purpose baling, suitable for most tissue paper.
  • 10 or 11 gauge. Recommended for heavier materials, though typically overkill for tissue paper (unless dealing with large bales).

The baling wire must match the type of baler being used and the specific requirements of the materials to ensure efficient and secure baling. Consult your equipment distributor for advice on what gauges, sizes, and types of baling wire will suit your baler the best.

Common paper balers

There are several types of balers that are commonly used to bale tissue paper. The choice of baler depends on the volume of tissue paper waste and the specific needs of the operation. Here are some common types:

  • Vertical baler. This baler is ideal for operations where the volume of waste paper is not very high. It compresses the waste vertically and is often operated manually.
  • Horizontal baler. These balers are suitable for larger quantities of paper waste. They come in two main types: manual tie and fully automatic balers. Both types compress the waste horizontally into tight bales. Manual tie balers require single or double loop bale ties to secure bales, while auto-tie balers tie bales automatically.
  • Two-ram balers. These balers have an additional ram for better compression. They are ideal for lighter materials and are often used for compacting cans and paper waste.

When choosing a baler, it's important to consider factors such as the volume and type of waste, available space, budget, and specific operational needs.

Tissue paper baling wire sizes

We offer steel wire suitable for baling tissue paper 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.

Tissue paper 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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