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.

Sorting

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.

Baling

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.

Tying

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.

Buying

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.

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