Balers are designed to handle a variety of flexible materials that are safe to bale and handle. Anything else could be potentially harmful and it is strongly advised that these materials never enter your baler.
First it is always good practice to reiterate the basic safety procedures of using your baler:
- Only fully trained members of staff should use your baler. It is vital that any member of staff that wishes to use the baler gets professional training from your baler supplier. During installation your account manager will always train staff on how to use the equipment safely. Should a new member of staff join after the baler installation and they require training, give your supplier a call to arrange another training session.
- Always wear personal protective equipment and avoid wearing loose clothing when using your baler. PPE includes: safety boots, eye wear, ear muffs and safety gloves. Loose clothing can potentially become trapped in your baler door, causing damage to the baler and harm to the user.
It is strongly advised you read your baler user manual thoroughly once you have been trained. Balers are simple machines to use once trained but reading the user manual will prevent any easy mistakes and allow you and your staff to make the best quality bales.
What should enter your baler?
Balers are designed to handle flexible materials that can be recycled. Most businesses will insert cardboard and plastic separately into balers. This is mainly because they are the most common recyclable materials produced. Both are safe to compact and the flexibility of the material means no damage can be caused to a baler. Small cardboard and plastic bales can easily be man-handled and they are stackable as they have a flat surface. Heavier bales are easily transportable on a pump truck or forklift.
There are businesses which produce waste textiles and foam, both of which can are safe to bale as well although this is less common.
What should you avoid putting in your baler?
There are a number of materials which should never enter your baler and for good reason. Balers are not designed for durable materials such as glass, metal and wood because they can easily cause damage and these materials are not suited to baling.
Gas containers and aerosols are other avoidable products. These can not only cause your baler damage but they come with the risk of explosions and are a danger to life.
Health and safety laws will be severely breached if any of the above materials are baled. They will cause damage to the baler and with sharp, broken edges it will be easy for staff to harm themselves.
Damaging your baler with forbidden materials can also ruin the warranty on your machine. You will then be liable to pay for any repairs or worse an entirely new machine.
If you are ever unsure on what to avoid putting in your baler or how to use it, always contact your supplier for guidance and refer back to your user manual.