Joining the Recycling Legion: Baling Plastics!

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Plastic waste is a big problem.

You only need to surf through the details of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, walk through the plastic waste wonderland that which we call our landfills, and feast on the minuscule microplastic spices which marinate our food chain to understand how big of a problem it is.

And so, putting their recycling defenses up, businesses and manufacturers are doing everything in their recycling capacity to tackle the problem of plastic waste. If not overcome it, at least to try to stop it from getting worse.

Are you planning to join the legion as well?


But there’s something very important you must know before you make your move…

You probably already have a local recycling facility in mind where you’re planning to take all your plastic waste for recycling.

Don’t have any idea where to find a recycling facility in your neighborhood? Earth 911 has got you covered!


However, any plastic waste you take to the facility, they won’t accept it until or unless it is baled.

What’s baling?

Baling is basically a process of turning your waste junk into compact blocks for easy stacking, handling, processing and transport.

Plastics are baled using plastic balers.

What types of plastics can you bale using a plastic baler?

You can bale almost all main categories of plastics using plastic balers. These include HDPE (plastic found in food containers, milk bottles, toys, oil bottles and outdoor containers), PET (plastic used in water bottles, soda bottles, pill bottles and cosmetic containers), LDPE (plastic found in wraps and garment bags), polypropylene (plastic used in bottle tops, carpets and refrigerator containers) and polystyrene (plastic found in disposable cups and glasses, protective packaging and meat packaging).

Plastics are baled using plastic balers.

Where can you find and purchase a plastic baler?

There are plenty of vendors and suppliers operating in the market who can help you find a quality baler for your plastic waste management needs. Here at Crigler, we sell new and used branded balers at affordable price.

What considerations you need to keep in check when baling your plastic waste, you ask?

Now that’s a tough question, because there are many plastic baling considerations to keep in check. And they’re all equally important.

Still, if we’re to mention a few, make sure:

  • To properly size and weight your bale for easy handling and storage. We suggest baling your plastic waste to bales weighing 1000 lbs., while maintaining dimensions of 48” x 30” x 60”.
  • To use high pressure plastic balers for baling HDPE and PET plastics, since these plastics are known to have a good plastic memory. If not tightly baled, they may spring back during the recycling process.

Is there anything else you would like to ask about the baling process or plastic balers?

Feel free to reach out; our plastic baling experts will be happy to help you.

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