What gauge wire is best for baling cardboard?

The best wire gauge for baling cardboard depends on the type of baler and the size and weight of your cardboard bales. For horizontal balers, we recommend 11–13 gauge wire. For vertical balers, we recommend 12–14 gauge wire. For two-ram auto-tie balers, we recommend 10–12 gauge wire. Talk to your baler manufacturer, read your baler’s instruction manual, or talk to us to figure out the best baling wire for your machine.

Choose a wire gauge based on the tensile strength and load strength requirements of your cardboard bales. Your wire's load strength should exceed the weight of the bale—we suggest going with a heavier-duty wire with a higher load strength if there is any uncertainty.

Wire gauge is inversely correlated to wire diameter. The larger the diameter, the lower the gauge, and vice versa.

Best cardboard bale wire

We carry several wire options for baling cardboard. The best wire type for baling cardboard will also depend on storage conditions and duration. Here are some of the best options:

  • Single loop bale ties can be manually cut to different lengths to accommodate inconsistent bale sizes. They work with horizontal and vertical manual balers. We offer both black annealed and galvanized single loop bale ties. Galvanized bale ties offer enhanced abrasion resistance for baled recyclables that are often handled roughly.
  • Double loop ties go in auto-tie balers and come in pre-cut lengths. The double loop configuration accelerates the tying process, increasing productivity.
  • Black annealed wire feeds smoothly through high-volume automatic baling machines that are commonly used in cardboard recycling. The rust resistance of galvanized wire is not usually necessary since cardboard bales need to be stored in a dry environment.
  • Galvanized wire is less commonly used for baling cardboard. But if your bales require long-term storage, galvanization offers increased resistance to rust and corrosion to keep bales safe and secure.

Benefits of recycling cardboard

Most types of cardboard are recyclable. Some of the benefits of recycling cardboard include:

  • Conservation of natural resources
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reduced landfill waste
  • Production of 50% less sulfur dioxide
  • Job creation in collection, sorting, and processing
  • Community engagement around environmental impact awareness

Trends in recycling and demand for sustainable practices are driving technological advancements in the field of cardboard recycling.

How is cardboard recycled?

The cardboard recycling process involves the following steps:

  1. Cardboard is collected from residential curbsides or at recycling drop-off points.
  2. The cardboard is taken to a recycling facility or paper mill for processing.
  3. The cardboard is separated from other recyclables such as plastic, metal, and paper.
  4. The sorted cardboard is compressed into bales.
  5. The bales are sent for repulping. Paper fibers are cleaned to remove contaminants.
  6. New cardboard and paper products are made from recycled cardboard fibers.

Cardboard baling tips

  • Sort your cardboard. Recycling facilities often require cardboard to be baled by type. This saves time during the recycling process.
  • Avoid contamination. Keep recyclable materials away from chemicals or liquids that could contaminate the cardboard.
  • Flatten the cardboard completely. Disassemble cardboard boxes so they fit neatly into the baler.

Baling wire products we offer

Baling Wire Direct sells the following high-quality baling wire products.

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