Recycling machines like balers and compactors play a crucial role in managing waste efficiently and helping businesses reduce their carbon footprint. However, like any other equipment, these machines require regular maintenance to ensure their optimal performance and longevity. 

Here we’ll explore the benefits of proper maintenance, discuss common issues, and provide insights into how you can keep your recycling machinery in top-notch condition.

The Significance of Recycling Machine Maintenance

Enhancing Operational Life

Recycling machines, such as balers and compactors, are subjected to heavy usage in recycling facilities. Regular maintenance can significantly extend their operational life, ensuring that you get the most out of your investment.

Ensuring Safety

Proper maintenance not only enhances performance but also ensures the safety of workers operating these machines. Regular inspections can identify and rectify potential safety hazards, preventing accidents and injuries.

Improving Efficiency

Well-maintained recycling machines operate at peak efficiency. This means that they can process more materials in less time, ultimately increasing your recycling facility’s productivity.

Common Issues with Recycling Machines

Hydraulic System Problems

Hydraulic issues are one of the most common problems in recycling machines. Leaks, pressure fluctuations, and faulty valves can hinder the machine’s performance.

Electrical Malfunctions

Recycling machines often rely on complex electrical systems. Malfunctions in these systems can lead to operational disruptions and decreased efficiency.

Wear and Tear

Heavy usage takes a toll on machine components. Over time, belts, gears, and other parts may wear out, affecting the overall functionality.

Servicing and Repairing Balers

Regular Inspections

Frequent inspections are essential to identify potential issues early. This includes checking hydraulic systems, electrical components, and structural integrity.


Proper lubrication of moving parts is crucial. Lubricants prevent excessive friction and reduce wear and tear on critical components.

Replacing Worn Parts

When components are worn or damaged beyond repair, timely replacement is necessary. This ensures that the baler continues to function effectively.

Maintaining Compactors

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Compactors can accumulate debris and odours over time. Regular cleaning and sanitising help maintain a hygienic environment.

Monitoring Hydraulic Pressure

Compactors rely heavily on hydraulic systems. Monitoring and adjusting hydraulic pressure as needed is essential for optimal performance.

Electrical System Checks

Regularly inspecting the electrical systems can identify potential problems before they lead to breakdowns.

Benefits of Professional Maintenance

Cost Savings

While maintenance may incur some costs, it’s a cost-effective approach compared to repairing or replacing a malfunctioning machine. A service by an experienced team of engineers such as us here at Mardon will result in any heavily worn areas or areas that may cause issues further down the road, being caught before they become worse. This can prevent potential downtime from machine breakdowns and further perhaps costly repairs having to take place.

Environmental Impact

Well-maintained recycling machines contribute to a greener environment by ensuring efficient recycling processes.

Compliance with Regulations

Properly maintained machines are more likely to meet regulatory requirements, reducing the risk of fines or legal issues.

Our Baler and Compactor Repair Services

Maintaining recycling machines like balers and compactors is essential to ensure their longevity, safety, and efficiency. Regular inspections, lubrication, and timely repairs are key aspects of successful maintenance. 

Our highly experienced team of service engineers don’t only look after the waste balers and waste compactors supplied by us, we can also look after your own recycling equipment. From one-off overhauls to regular scheduled services, breakdowns or even complete machine refurbishment,

Each piece of our recycling machinery has a recommended service schedule, by following the recommendations it will not only extend its life, but it will also improve the way it operates, whilst adhering to health and safety guidelines. 

You can read more about our repair and maintenance services here.