Recycling machines are the green alternative to bins and skips. These machines compact and compress recyclable materials into more manageable shapes and sizes. Recycling machines can be used on many waste materials including: cardboard, plastic, glass, metal cans, textiles and tyres.
There are many advantages to recycling machines, which cannot be achieved with bins and skips. The price of waste costs significantly less with recycling machines. Normally one machine replaces multiple bins, which incur collection and rental costs. With recycling machines, rent is paid on the solitary machine and in the case of baled materials, collections are undertaken by recyclers rather than waste management companies. Baled cardboard and plastic are valuable resources for recyclers who will often collect for free or for a minimal charge. In the case of non-baled material like glass and metal cans, by compacting them, space in bins will increase, meaning money is saved on collection charges as they become less frequent.
A second advantage to recycling machines is saving space. Bins are large, voluminous items and when there is more than one, it can become a problem as they leave little room to manoeuvre in the waste area. Recycling machines act as a replacement for cardboard and plastic bins as the machine will bale these materials. This opens up space, allowing staff more room to move about and there may even be the possibility of using the waste area for something new like a seating area.
The third key advantage to recycling machines is the time saving aspect. The first area to concentrate on here is that recycling machines are flexible enough to handle whole recyclable materials. Cardboard is an excellent example, as it often needs to be flat-packed when bins are used. Valuable labour time is spent ripping up cardboard but by replacing bins with recycling machines, this job can be consigned to the history books. Secondly, recycling machines are designed so they can be placed in the most appropriate areas. Ideally, locating them near to the source of the waste is best as it saves a walk. Bins often cannot be situated in the most convenient place because of their voluminous nature. They are frequently found in their own outdoor area away from the hub of work activity. To dispose of waste in this manner, a walk outside is required each time, which is highly inconvenient.
Bins and skips often overflow, become messy and the waste is sent to landfill. With recycling machines, no more mess will occur, baled materials are recycled and non-recyclables are crushed or compacted so fewer collections are sent for landfill. This is how recycling machines have significantly higher green credentials than bins and skips.