If you want to improve your business’s waste management, choosing the right recycling machine is an important decision. The efficiency of waste handling and recycling directly impacts your business’s environmental sustainability and cost-effectiveness. 

However, with various options available, it can be challenging to choose the right one. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll break down the types of recycling machines available and help you to determine which machine is the best fit for your business based on its size and the types of waste it commonly deals with.

Understanding Your Business’s Needs

Size of Your Business – The first step in choosing the right recycling machine is assessing the size of your business and the quantities of waste you are producing. Different machines are designed to handle varying volumes of waste. Small to medium-sized businesses may have different needs compared to larger enterprises.

Types of Waste Generated – The types of waste your business commonly deals with are equally important. Whether it’s cardboard, paper, plastics, glass, tyres, food waste, or a combination of materials, you’ll need a machine that can handle these materials efficiently.

Vertical Balers

Compact and Efficient

Vertical balers are known for their space-saving design. They are ideal for businesses with limited space for waste management equipment. These machines are versatile and can handle various recyclable materials, such as paper, cardboard and plastics.

Ideal for Small to Medium Businesses

If your business falls into the small to medium category and deals with moderate waste volumes, vertical balers may be the right choice for you. They are cost-effective and easy to operate.

Waste types

Cardboard, plastic, black-sack waste. Heavy-duty models can also handle plastic bottles, aluminium drinks cans and paint tins.

Semi-automatic Horizontal Balers

Increased Capacity and Automation

Semi-automatic horizontal balers offer higher waste processing capacities compared to vertical balers. They are designed for businesses with larger waste streams. These machines also come with automated features for enhanced efficiency.

Suitable for Large Businesses

Large businesses that generate substantial amounts of recyclable waste can benefit from semi-automatic horizontal balers. They strike a balance between capacity and cost-effectiveness. Semi-automatic balers require an operator to man the controls and

feed and tie wires manually.

Waste types

Paper, cardboard, printing waste, foil, PET, hard plastics and tiling.

Fully-automatic Horizontal Balers

High-volume Waste Processing

For enterprises with large continuous waste volumes, fully-automatic horizontal balers are the go-to choice. These machines can process large quantities of recyclable materials efficiently and quickly, and do not require an operator to man the equipment as the material is baled, tied and ejected automatically until stopped.

Designed for Large Enterprises

Large enterprises that prioritise speed and volume in their waste management operations will find fully-automatic horizontal balers indispensable. These machines minimise labour and maximise productivity.

Waste types

Paper, cardboard, printing waste, foil, PET, hard plastics and tiling.

Static Waste Compactors

Space-saving Waste Management

Static waste compactors are a space-saving solution for businesses that need efficient waste compaction but have limited space for equipment. They are stationary and can be installed in compact areas.

Ideal for Limited Space Environments

If your business operates in a space-constrained environment, static waste compactors provide an excellent solution. They reduce the frequency of waste removal and save on hauling costs.

Waste types

General dry waste, cardboard, plastics, office waste, furniture

Portable Waste Compactors

Flexibility and Mobility

Portable waste compactors offer flexibility and mobility. They are designed to be moved between locations, making them suitable for businesses with waste management needs in multiple places.

Perfect for Varied Locations

If your business operates in different locations and requires waste management equipment at each site, portable waste compactors offer convenience and cost-effectiveness.

Waste types

Commercial and medium-density industrial waste in large volumes

Bottle Crushers

Perfect for Hospitality Businesses

Bars, restaurants and hotels produce a huge amount of glass waste, with glass bins often needing to be emptied multiple times over the course of a shift. Bottle crushers can reduce glass to 80% of the original size, significantly reducing the space taken up by glass waste.

Waste types


Drum Presses

Ideal for Manufacturing and Facility Management Organisations That Use Steel Drums

Drum presses are compact but extremely powerful, with a pressing force of up to 24T, and can crush up to 205 Ltr steel drums, while collecting residual fluids released during the compaction process in a 30l internal reservoir, which can then be retrieved via an integral tap when full.


For businesses that deal with organic waste

Bio-processors break down organic waste aerobically – with oxygen and by a special blend of microbes. Within 24 hours, food waste will be turned into a stabilised, low-odour substrate that has reduced by up to 80% of the original volume.

This substrate can be composted to create a valuable soil nutrient, used to fuel biomass boilers or be sent to AD sites to produce green energy.

Waste types

Organic waste, such as food


Selecting the right recycling machine is an important decision that can significantly impact your business’s waste management efficiency and environmental footprint. By understanding your business’s needs and the capabilities of different machines, you can make an informed choice and enjoy a much more efficient waste management model.

If you have any questions about the right type of waste management machine for your business, please get in touch.