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Cutting Costs with Waste Handling Systems

The effects of human activity and industrial waste on the environment have been profound. As a result, there are many regulations in place that dictate how companies need to dispose industrial waste so as to minimize adverse effects on the environment. Unfortunately, waste management systems costs a pretty penny which makes it the bane of the existence of many a firm. Read more


The Anatomy of a Great Baler Repair Serviceperson

Balers are extremely efficient machines for processing waste. As amazing as balers are, they’re prone to wear and tear and tend to break down over time. This is where a baler serviceperson comes into the picture. The right serviceperson can not only fix your machine but they can do so in a few minutes (thereby minimizing down time). Read more


How to Increase the Life of Your Baler

All business avenues, from the local grocery store to giant multi-nationals that have multiple factories across different countries, rely on balers for waste management. Simply put, these machines are one of the most important recycling equipment as they simplify waste disposal. Read more


Why You Should Automate Your Company’s Recycling Systems

Recycling remains an issue, despite the fact that 35% of waste in the U.S. is being recycled. EPA estimates that 75% of the waste can be recycled and if that were the case, the U.S. would create 1.5 million new jobs.

The environmental benefit would be worthwhile too as recycling 75% of the waste would be equivalent to taking 50 million cars off the road every year. Every hour, Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles, which is an alarming enough. Read more


The Subtle Difference between Shredders and Crushers

Despite being two completely different machines invented to serve two completely different purposes, there’s still a lot of confusion about shredders and crushers. We believe this stems from the fact that most online platforms tend to use these terms interchangeably which does nothing but confuse the reader. Read more


The Beginners Guide to Different Kinds of Balers

Balers are crucially important to the success of any recycling system. Not only do they allow a company to compress a large amount of recyclable materials but they also enable its safer and easier transportation.

A common misconception about balers is that they’re all the same. Granted they may have the same functionality, but different types of balers use different techniques to process waste materials. Read more


The Dos and Don’ts of Shredders for Recycling

Paper shredders play an important role in stopping serious criminal offenses such as identity theft. Even though these machines go a long way in keeping an organization’s secrets, most companies don’t know the first thing about these machines. As a result, they have trouble managing the waste created by paper shredders. Read more


How to Maximize the Value of Your Scrap

In the scrap and waste management industry, the big question is, how to maximize the value of scrap and the answer isn’t as simple as installing a single machine or as easy as a magic potion. It’s a question that has recycling and scrap management facilities scratching their heads. Read more


Vertical vs. Horizontal Balers: What’s the Difference?


With increasingly tougher waste disposal regulations being enforced every year, balers have surged in popularity. These machines simplify waste management as they can compact waste into small blocks that are significantly easier to store and/or transport.

However, not all balers are created equal, hence the range of options available today. Judging by market trends, the two most popular types of balers are vertical and horizontal balers – both with ardent supporters claiming their preferred choice of balers is the superior option.

To put an end to this heated debate, we’ve evaluated the performance of both options over 4 important performance metrics. Join us as we discover, once and for all, which is better; vertical or horizontal baler!

1.     Floor Space Requirements:

It’s no secret that floor space is one of the most precious commodities available to any organization. As no company has the luxury of infinite space, firms are very careful when buying and arranging machinery so as to ensure that the floor space is utilized optimally.

So, with footprint being a driving factor in the decision process of many a company, buying a vertical baler makes much more sense as they tend to be smaller than their horizontal counterpart.

2.     Economics:

At the end of the day, every business is about maximizing profit and revenue and minimizing loss. As such, the price tag also plays an important role when deciding which baler to buy of the two.

As far as the cost of procurement and the cost of operation are concerned, vertical balers are the better option. Generally speaking, a vertical baler costs a fraction (in some cases one-fifth, in others one-tenth) of the price of an average horizontal baler.

3.     The Volume of Waste/Scrap Material Processed:

If you’re only concerned about the functionality of your baler, then the volume of the waste they can process is one of the most important parameters to consider. This parameter essentially dictates whether or not the baler will be able to keep up with the waste generated by your plant on a daily basis.

So, if your factory produces a lot of waste and/or scrap material and you need to process it quicker, you should invest in a horizontal baler. These machines are much more efficient than vertical balers and are the ideal option for companies that generate a lot of waste and/or scrap material.

4.     Ease of Use/Convenience:

If you’re only installing a baler to simplify waste management for yourself and your employees then a horizontal baler is the ideal option for you to consider. We say that because these balers can be configured with conveyor belts that can automate your entire waste disposal system.

This ease of use further simplifies proceedings as these massive machines can be operated by a smaller team which further reduces the cost of operation.

The Final Verdict:

It’s clear to see from the arguments presented above that this issue is much more complicated than we previously believed. As such, we believe that people should always make their decision based on their application. Confused? Allow us to elaborate.

If you have restricted office space and your firm is still in its infancy, then you should opt for a vertical baler. However, if your factory produces a lot of waste and floor space isn’t a problem, then, by all means, go for a horizontal baler!

We hope that clears up the confusion on the topic and that you can now make a more well-informed decision when procuring a baler. If you’re in the market for cost-effective waste handling systems, then get in touch with Crigler Enterprises.

The company has been providing baler repair and maintenance services for more than 40 years and knows everything there is to know about horizontal and vertical balers. Contact Crigler Enterprises today to ensure that your firm buys the best baler possible!



A baler is a recycling equipment that turns scrap into valued commodities. It’s proving to be quite effective for businesses and has a growing popularity.


While balers can range in purchase price from slightly more than $1,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars, businesses that produce large amounts of traditional recyclables shouldn’t let the price tag scare them away from investing in this equipment. Read more