Frequently asked questions


Why buy a Waste Baler?

Waste management and recycling are key topics worldwide. There is increasing pressure throughout the commercial sector to keep waste to a minimum by doing everything you reasonably can to prevent, reuse, recycle or recover waste. With stringent government guidelines, increasing landfill charges and international standards such as ISO14001, recycling solutions have never been so crucial for businesses.

Waste Balers are the easiest and most efficient way to separate, store, compact and bale different waste streams. Small, manageable bales reduce the amount of space occupied by waste, whilst aiding health and safety objectives by increasing hygiene and reducing possible fire and trip hazards.

Recycling centres prefer the material to be baled for easy handling. Most recyclers will give you a better price for your waste material baled than loose. 

Benefits of a waste baler:

  • Waste Balers can be used for various waste streams such as: 
    • Paper
    • Cardboard
    • Plastic PET Bottles
    • Aluminium and Foil e.g. tins, Cans
    • Textiles i.e. cottons, wool 
    • Clothing 
    • Wood
    • Plastic Packaging
    • General Waste
    • Drums 
    • Tyres
    • Car Bumpers
    • Computer Monitors

With our multi chamber Waste Balers, businesses can bale more than one material at a time. This will add to convenience and ease whilst saving on space and time. 

  • Using one of our Waste Balers can greatly reduce your labour costs. Using a Waste Baler means that there is no requirement to flat pack boxes. Certain waste balers use sensors to monitor the volume of the waste inside the baler before a bale is produced, minimal labour is needed to operate the machine meaning businesses can put the labour hours available to better use. 
  • Waste balers quickly pay for themselves. From saving up to 80% on your costs associated with waste management including, labour costs, skips, waste transport costs and landfill taxes to earning extra revenue from recycling companies paying for uncontaminated baled material. 
  • Waste balers create small, manageable bales that can be collected regularly. This and the reduction of skip and bin requirements, reduces the amount of space being occupied up by waste, resulting in a cleaner, more organised, safer and hygienic workplace. This will also assist in achieving certain health and safety objectives your business may have. Waste balers come in various sizes. They are designed to take up as little space as possible, meaning they are ideal for all business premises from supermarkets to corner shops. 
  • Recycling solutions are crucial to the successful implementation and management of international standards such as ISO14001. By using Recycling Machinery such as a Waste Baler your business will be able to provide a solid environmental policy whilst setting and meeting environmental objectives set. 
  • Businesses and the public are becoming increasingly aware of their environmental responsibilities. They are interested in working with companies that hold similar values. By being responsible, promoting sustainability and by doing everything you reasonably can to prevent, reuse, recycle or recover waste you are more than likely earn a positive public image. 


For the reasons listed above, a Waste Baler seems an obvious choice for successful waste management. Choosing the right baler is vital in order to maximise the benefits that they can offer. Mardon Recycling Machinery Limited are on hand to advise you on the right Waste Baler that will suit your individual business objectives. Contact our dedicated team of specialists to discuss this further. 

Why buy a Glass Bottle Crusher?

The RamPack GC140 Glass Bottle Crusher is an ideal solution for Hotels, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightclubs, Recycling Centres and anywhere that has a high glass bottle usage. There are many benefits to using a Glass Bottle Crusher, some of which we have listed below:

  • There is also no need to sort, clean or separate the bottles by colour. 
  • Glass reduced to up to 80% of its original size. Meaning 80% less storage needed.
  • Glass is crushed directly into a 140L or 240L Wheelie Bin reducing the handling needed and increasing the safety of employees and the public.
  • Crushed glass takes up less space, meaning less collections needed. 
  • Glass once crushed is quiet to uplift. This means a reduction in noise, aiding environmental objectives and happier neighbours. 
  • No need to remove labels or caps from glass bottles.
  • Helps meet environmental objectives and Environmental Management Awards such as ISO14001.

Contact one of our team of experts to discuss further benefits to your business and the purchase options available. 

I think I am looking for a Waste Baler but have heard them being called something else?

There are many different terms that are used, the following are the most popular: 

  • Waste Baler
  • Baling Press
  • Vertical Baler
  • Horizontal Baler
  • Paper Compactor 
  • Down Stroke Baler

We understand that sometimes it can be overwhelming hearing all these different terms. That is why our team of experts are on hand to advise you on what recycling machinery would best suit your individual needs. Contact us to speak to one of the team.

How do I know which baler is best suited to my application?

That is what we are here for! We have tens of years of training and experience in the waste industry. 

When contacting one of our team we will complete a waste audit for you. A waste audit reviews your current methods of handling waste and identifies what improvements can be made. We take different factors into account such as outputs and types of waste generated, space and company objectives. From this we will be able to offer the most suitable recycling machinery that will help your business gain from your waste materials, whether it be from a reduction in labour costs or an additional revenue stream. 

Contact us today to let us help you and your business.

How do I ensure my baler is safe to use?

Safety should always be a top priority. Here are a few pointers to ensure that your baler is safe to use: 

  • Ensure only staff members that have received the certified training provided by Mardon Recycling Machinery are able to operate the machinery **link to Operator Training**. 

When we deliver and install your machinery, training is provided for up to 5 operators at no additional cost. This training will include several safety and maintenance aspects which is vital for operating the machinery.  It is important that only people that have received the certified training operate the recycling machinery. 

  • Ensure that safety and maintenance checks are being done routinely and as advised within the manual provided with your machinery. 
  • Make sure that services are completed as advised. We will contact you when your service is due. It is important that the services are completed at the recommended intervals to ensure that any issues that may not have been spotted during the routine checks are recognised and dealt with as soon as possible. 

See our blog ‘Health and Safety made easy’ **link to blog** for more tips on the safe use and record keeping of your machinery.

My baler is not working, who should I contact?

Many of the machines that we provide here at Mardon Recycling Machinery include breakdown cover as standard. If you do not have breakdown cover with us currently, that does not mean we cannot help. We have our own highly experienced team of engineers based all over the UK, who can fix any type/make of recycling equipment, whether you bought it from us originally or not. 

If you decided going forward that you would like peace of mind cover, you can also get a maintenance package from us, in order to keep your machine in tip-top condition, whatever the make and model.  

Contact our service team to receive a quote or to report an issue with your machine. It is helpful if you can let us know the make, model and a serial number of the machine when calling. 

Do I have to take labels off plastic film for them to be recycled?

No, it is not mandatory for each label to be removed before recycling. Once the bale has been collected by the recycling company, the recycling process includes a heating process where any labels and excess glue are burned away.

Do I have to take Sellotape off cardboard in order to recycle them?

In most cases recyclers will not mind a small amount of Sellotape contamination, but larger amounts in bales may be rejected. By removing tape, it will help produce a higher quality of recycled card.

Can I use my Mardon baler outside?

Whilst all our RamPack waste/recycling machinery is suitable for outdoor operation; it is recommended that the machine is located indoors or in a covered area. Doing so will increase the working life of the machine. Colder weather conditions can also impact the performance of the recycling machinery.

It is also important is keeping your baler close to where the waste is produced. This will decrease labour hours spent handling the waste and decrease the safety risks of transporting the waste. When receiving your free waste audit our Mardon Recycling consultant will help with analysing the best place for your machine to be situated.

Can I bale shredded paper?

This will depend on the way the paper is shredded. If paper is strip shredded, then it can be baled but confetti-like shredded paper cannot be baled.

Is plastic banding or steel wire best for tying bales?

This does depend on the size and type of balers you wish to use the ties on.

  • On small balers plastic banding is most common.
  • On mill size balers both plastic banding and steel wire are used.
  • On horizontal balers steel wire is most common.

Plastic banding can be considered the cleaner and safer option of the two materials. In the case of breaking bales in paper mills some recyclers prefer steel wire as it is more easily collected than plastic banding. Based on cost, plastic banding is better value than steel wire. You should consult us for the best option for your baler as there are different strengths needed for different types of waste material.

What power supply do I need if I install a baler?

In Europe the RamPack Range will need either a normal single or a three-phase connection. For a more technical/detailed description of baler electrical requirements please contact us directly where one of our experts will be able to help.

When should I consider buying a Horizontal Baler?

There are many different factors to consider when investing in a horizontal baler for your business. Elements such as loading options, tying options, maximum tonnage, throughput needed and material type should all be considered whilst deciding what recycling machine would have the greatest benefit to your business. A horizontal baler should generally be considered when the recyclable materials exceed quantities over 150 tons in a month. This is only a rough indicator though and it would be best to contact one of waste specialists to conduct a free waste audit. 

See our FAQ **Why should I buy a Waste Baler** for benefits and improvements a Waste Baler could make in your business. 

Should I consider a new or second-hand machine?

Whether you choose to buy a new or second-hand cardboard baler is often a matter of budget. Used recycling equipment that has been carefully refurbished by our engineers can provide balers that are highly competitive on price. You still have the assurance that the cardboard baler will be efficient, effective and reliable.

Here at Mardon Recycling, refurbished machines are inspected thoroughly by our experienced engineers. All critical components are evaluated before determining their viability then a crucial decision must be made to either replace or refurbish. The right decision can mean the difference between extended downtime and operating at peak performance.


All Mardon refurbished machines are brought back to their best without compromising the machines performance at a fraction of the price of a new.

Why is it important to regularly service my baler or compactor?

Recycling machinery is vital in any company that is serious about recycling their waste. Whether it is a baler or a compactor, you will want to make sure that it is always performing at its best for you and your business. 

Here at Mardon Recycling, we are experts in all things recycling machinery, and we not only regularly service the machinery that we use, but also help our customers to make sure that their machinery is running smoothly too.

With this in mind, we have put together the top reasons why we believe that you should have a regular maintenance and service plan for your recycling machinery.


Reduced Downtime and Increased Productivity

The success of your business is down to how well your machinery is working. Any downtime or reductions in productivity could end up costing you money in the long run. By making sure that you have regular services on your machinery, you will reduce the amount of possible malfunctions, and periods of time that your company isn’t performing.


Save Money

If a baler breaks down then it sometimes can be costly to repair, especially if the problem is difficult to fix. By regularly servicing your equipment you can be made aware of any potential issues before they develop, meaning that you can put in place a solution prior to any problems becoming too large or costly to handle.


Adhere to Expectations of Safety Insurance and Auditors

Running a company that deals with large pieces of machinery means that you will need to be checked by auditors from time to time. You will also need to have some safety insurance to cover your business against any issues or problems that can occur. By doing this you can make sure that you stay on the good side of the companies that will be monitoring your performance.


Be Aware of Safety Precautions

The safety of your staff should always be paramount to any company, however, when running recycling machinery there is an extra element of health and safety that you need to be aware of. Protecting your employees against accident and injury is one of the key points of having regular services carried out, making sure that your machinery is running properly and minimising the risk of any issues popping up.

Think it is about time that you organise a service on your recycling machinery? Want to make sure that it is carried out by an experienced company? Why not get touch with a member of the Mardon team today and see if you can feel the benefit of having regular maintenance checks performed on your baler or compactors.

With our help you can be sure that you will be running efficiently, productively and with the maximum level of safety for your employees.

What Is a Waste Compactor and How Can It Save a Business Money?

Many businesses will rule their waste collection methods with an iron fist, while others may not focus too much on how their refuge is collected. However, the fact of the matter is that if a business doesn’t handle its waste in the right way, it can be paying out much more when it comes to waste collection.

What is a Waste Compactor?

A compactor is a machine that takes discarded rubbish or recycling, and combines into a smaller, more manageable unit. Not only does this make waste and recycling more manageable, it takes up less landfill space where rubbish is concerned. But of course, this isn’t the only benefit associated with compactors.


What Types of Compactor Are There?

There are many types of compactors available, depending on the size of your business. The main 2 options for recycling and waste materials are portable or static.  The main unit of a Static compactor is bolted to the ground and the attached container, which gets filled with the waste material, is exchanged when full.  Portable compactors are one whole unit which is taken away and replaced whenever it needs emptying.  Our dedicated sales team can help you to understand which would be most suitable for your business needs.


The Benefits of a Compactor

Of course, when deciding as to whether you need a compactor or not, you need to know how it will benefit your business. As well as making the dealing of waste and recycling a less demanding task, it can also help reduce your overall costs when it comes to refuse collection. Evidently you will need to ensure that you’re using the right kind of solution, but with the right advice from a reputable company, you could make huge savings moving forward, which can only benefit a business in the long run.

And there you have it, a general overview of a compactor, and the benefits it can bring. If you’re currently looking for a solution, then why not contact the Mardon Recycling team today. Not only is it a reputable and reliable company, but offers several hire, lease and buy solutions at a cost-effective price. You can also view our range of static and portable compactors here.

What is the difference between a Waste Compactor and a Baler?

Whilst deciding whether a Baler or Compactor will suit your business better, the first thing to figure out is what problem you’re trying to solve. Are you looking to reduce waste? Are you looking to recycle more? 

Waste compactors are used to compress a large amount of mixed waste into a contained area to be picked up and collected by your waste collector. This process means that waste does not have to be sorted by the business but is a more expressive option of recycling; also there is a higher chance of contaminating materials such as cardboard or plastic making them unrecyclable. Balers are used by a business to take valuable material out of their waste stream and sort them into bales for collection; this takes down the cost of waste disposal and makes your material easier to recycle and has a lower carbon footprint.


Waste Balers

Balers work by enabling the separation of your recyclable waste for example waste cardboard to be compacted into blocks called bales. There are two types of balers: horizontal and vertical. Your choice of baler will depend on the amount and rate of industrial recycling waste your business produces.


Waste Compactors

Compactors work by compacting your industrial waste material, reducing the amount of waste lying around on site and reducing the frequency in rubbish collection requirements. They can be ordered as bin lift and be towed away by a skip lorry, or as a hook lift to be removed by a lorry.

If you are handling wet waste as well as dry, Mardon also have the have a range of fully liquid retentive compactors to prevent leakage. You will need to make sure that arrangement for collection is regular. The machine will let you know when it is 3/4 full so you can facilitate this.

Compactors and balers are similar in that they are both designed to compact and compress your industrial and recycling waste into a smaller and more manageable form.

The compactor will help with efficient, space-saving and appropriate disposal of your industrial waste, while the baler is a piece of recycling machinery that will compress your recyclables ready for removal. Responsible and regular recycling is additionally a potential way of generating extra revenue for your business.

Contact our team of experts who are on hand to help determine what machine would best suit your business needs and objectives.

Why is baling PET bottles better that shredding them?

Plastic bottles need to be screened and sorted before they can be recycled. When shredded bottles are sent to recycling plants, the issue is that it may be mixed with contaminated plastics, unfortunately there is no way to sort this material if shredded. Our PET Bottle Press is perfect for baling plastic bottles.

Should caps be removed from PET bottles?

Caps and rings are not contaminates and are not an issue for plastic recyclers. Taking caps off PET bottles will help the baler compaction process but is not a necessary activity. 

Our PET Bottle Press is perfect for baling plastic PET Bottles with lids / caps still on the bottles as it has a unique piercing mechanism which eliminates the need to remove the lids before baling. This adds to the convenience of the machine, saving time and handling.

What financial options should I consider when looking into recycling equipment?

If your business is thinking about investing in recycling equipment, there are various options for you to consider.  We have put together an explanation of the benefits and differences between hire, rent, lease and outright purchase to make these decisions a little less confusing for you.  

What is a Mill Size/Export Size Bale?

All collected recycling material is transferred in bulk to recycling companies or exported to other countries such as china to be recycled. In most cases, bales are loaded into 20’/40’ containers.  Horizontal balers will automatically produce a mill size bale that uses the maximum amount of space and increases the payload of each container. Collected bales which are not exported/mill size have to be broken down and re-baled to produce a mill size bale before they are loaded into a container.