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What Can I Use for Storage of Plastic?

If your business creates commercial waste, you’re responsible for preventing waste from providing environmental or personal damage, containing waste within your premises and ensuring waste is carefully secured at all times.

If you’re producing a lot of waste, you’ll find it quickly piling up. While it’s more lightweight than paper, plastic waste tends to come in a larger variety of sizes, taking up more storage room. Chances are you’ll need a baling machine to bring things down to size and separate the recycling from the trash.


Sort before you store. Certain types of plastic waste are recyclable, while others aren’t. You’ll want to separate plastics out into two main waste streams for appropriate disposal: semi-rigid plastics (e.g., packaging waste) and plastic film.


Consider investing in a baling machine you can use on your own premises. This could be a great long-term investment, cutting your expenditure on waste disposal in the long run, especially if you take responsibility for transporting them to a recycling facility.

If your main waste output is plastic film, a compact baler outputting 150lb bales is your entry-level choice. Depending on the volume of your plastic consumption you may have to upgrade to a more powerful model capable of meeting extra demand. If you’re looking to crush high volumes and more durable polypropylene sacks, then you’ll need to invest in something with more compacting capacity. Semi-rigid plastics will require some serious press force for proper compaction. To recycle these, you’ll need an industrial-scale baler producing giant bales of anywhere up to 1,300lb.


And how do you keep these massive bundles together? With high-grade baling wire. When it comes to plastic storage, it’s very important to choose the right type of wire for your baling machine and the load that you’re looking to compact. Using the wrong type of wire can cause disruption, unnecessary downtime, and even damage to your equipment and employees alike. Wire gauge (thickness) is the all-important unit to know about. Your machine’s instruction manual should specify the correct thickness of wire. Some machines can be adjusted to fit various gauges. If you’re ever unsure, always contact the manufacturer or whoever sold you your baler in the first place.

Baling machines come with an array of auto-tie and manual-tie functionalities; some secure the bales for you and others require human intervention to finish the job. Auto-tie machines generally require pre-cut types of baling wire, whereas smaller manual-tie machines will make use of single loop bale ties, which can be cut to any required length. When it comes to choosing the wire that will secure your bales, don’t compromise. Most plastic recyclers prefer dense bales secured with high-grade hi-tensile wire.


Plastic storage can be a headache but putting a solid baling procedure in place can go a long way to freeing up some valuable space in your workshop or warehouse. It will also allow you to recycle as much of your plastic waste as you can, which should help you reduce long-term overheads. When it comes to tying your bales together, buy through Baling Wire Direct, a reliable supplier of high-grade American-manufactured wire.

How to Choose the Best Baling Wire Supplier

There’s a universe of baling wire suppliers out there but not even a galaxy of good ones. An online search can return dozens of results and leave you no closer to a solution. False advertising has been a problem in the U.S. at least since the Civil War when profiteers cheated the Union Army out of their money by selling sick mules, lame horses, sawdust for gunpowder, and rotted ships painted to look new. Last year, the government recovered $2.8 billion in damages from cases of this kind.

In any competitive industry, there are going to be people making dubious claims. And baling wire is no different. Whether it’s the salesman telling you your machine requires a specific brand of wire to function or offering you prices that just seem too good to be true. Above all, everyone’s claiming to be the best baling wire supplier. This is just one reason why it’s so important to find a genuinely credible supplier and establish a strong working relationship with them as soon as possible. But how do you know when you’ve found the right baling wire supplier?

They don’t import inferior products

The U.S. baling market is flooded with bulk-imported Chinese wire. Suppliers can and will sell this on to you at relatively low costs, which can be an attractive proposition for anyone looking to increase their bottom line. However, going down this pathway is like making a pact with the devil. You’re majorly increasing the likelihood of machine downtime and breakages in the long run. And both these things can seriously threaten employee safety in the wrong working environment.

They offer high-grade wire

Whatever your supplier tells you, always double-check the gauge and tensile strength of the wire before forking over your hard-earned cash. As a rule of thumb, thicker wires will be capable of holding heavier loads, but a lot also depends on the manufacturing process. For example, our galvanized steel wires are coated with the perfect amount of zinc meaning they will not degrade and rust over time. Similarly, we individually anneal (heat and cool) each and every strand of our black annealed box wire and carefully wax it at the end of the process to limit wear and tear in baling.

They sell in bulk

The best suppliers will be able to offer you a constant spool of wire to keep your bales bound. They may also offer you a modest discount into the bargain when you buy with them regularly.

They tell the truth

The best suppliers know all the various machine requirements and can answer your every query. They’ll automatically know which type of wire to use for the task in hand. More to the point, when it comes to making a sale, they’ll avoid any gamesmanship. The best supplier will always lay out the different options before you and help you to make the right purchase without putting any pressure on you.

At Baling Wire Direct, we sell only honest high-grade U.S. manufactured baling wire for a range of commercial balers. Whatever your needs, you’ll find nothing but good old American steel on our website.