What gauge wire is best for baling textiles?

The best wire gauge for baling textiles depends on the type of baler, as well as the size and weight of your bales. For horizontal and vertical balers, we recommend 12–14 gauge wire. For two-ram balers, we recommend 10–12 gauge wire.

Talk to your baler manufacturer, read your baler’s instruction manual, and chat with our team to get the best baling wire for your equipment.

Choose a wire gauge based on the tensile strength and load strength requirements of your textile 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.

Remember, wire gauge is inversely correlated to wire diameter. The larger the diameter, the smaller the gauge, and vice versa. Lower gauges (thicker wires) will typically offer a higher load strength than higher gauges.

Best baling wire for textiles

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

  • Black annealed wire feeds smoothly through high-volume automatic baling machines that are commonly used in textile recycling. The annealing process improves the wire’s elongation properties, which allows black annealed wire to handle shifting and expanding bales without breaking.
  • Single loop bale ties can be tied to different lengths to accommodate inconsistent bale sizes. They work with manual vertical and horizontal balers. We offer both black annealed and galvanized single loop bale ties in several gauges. Galvanized bale ties offer enhanced abrasion resistance for baled recyclables that are handled roughly.
  • Double loop bale ties come in pre-cut lengths. The double loop configuration expedites the tying process, increasing productivity.

Benefits of recycling textiles

Textile recycling offers many benefits, notably its contribution to environmental sustainability and resource conservation. Some of the key advantages include:

  • Reduced landfill needs and associated costs
  • Conservation of resources such as water and energy
  • Supports a more sustainable fashion industry
  • Protects biodiversity by reducing the need for material cultivation
  • Creates new, recycled products such as insulation, rags, and upholstery stuffing
  • Reduced pollution and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Decreased demand for dyes and fixing agents, reducing chemical pollution
  • Generates low-cost raw materials for new products

The textile recycling process

The process of recycling textiles involves several steps:

  1. Collection. This includes collecting old clothes, rags, and fabric scraps. Most post-consumer clothing is collected through public donation bins, clothing drives, or independent company programs.
  2. Baling. Textiles are baled and sent to processing facilities.
  3. Sorting and grading. Textiles are sorted by type (clothing versus linens, towels, etc.), by fabric, and by color; natural and synthetic fibers must be recycled differently.
  4. Shredding. Once the textiles are sorted, they are shredded into yarn. The yarn is then cleaned and re-spun for use in weaving or knitting. Any fiber that cannot be spun into yarn is compressed into filling, such as insulation or mattress filing. Polyester-based textiles are granulated into polyester chips, melted, and used to create new fibers for new polyester textiles.
  5. Transportation. The recycled materials are sent to manufacturers and other users.

The textile recycling process reduces the environmental impact of end-of-life fabrics, minimizes waste, and promotes the circular economy.

Textile recycling tips

Here are some tips to streamline your textile recycling initiative:

  • Set up collection bins for employees and customers to donate used clothing, linens, and other textiles.
  • Partner with local recycling organizations or charities to properly sort and process textiles.
  • Opt for recycled or sustainable textile products in your business, such as eco-friendly uniforms or recycled fabric furnishings.
  • Explore upcycling opportunities where textiles can be transformed into new products, adding value and potentially opening new revenue streams.

Baling wire products we offer

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

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