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Don’t Ship Air and Other Trailer Loading Tips

Freight costs are a large part of the cost of industrial recycling. Keep your freight costs under control by organizing your loads so you’re not “shipping air”.

One key to a profitable recycling solution is to maximize your cost-per-ton on trailer loads.

“Heavier loads have a lower cost-per-ton than lighter ones,” John Danker, General Manager of our Chicago area plant in Alsip pointed out. “42,000 to 46,000 lbs for a 50’ trailer is a good weight.”

A few tips on optimizing weight:

  • Stack bales 3 high, 2 wide to maximize space usage
  • Double-stack gaylord boxes for max weight and stability
  • Palletize or use gaylords rather than shipping loose materials

And think stability when loading. Unstable loads are dangerous and less profitable. Trailer loads with collapsed bale stacks or shifted bales take longer to unload, increasing processing costs.

Tips for stable loads:

  • Put like with like – uniform bales and pallets are more stable
  • Load the heaviest bales on the bottom, and keep in mind OSHA rule 1910.176(b)(1) that requires properly securing material to prevent collapsing bale stacks
  • Stacking the last two rows only 2 high prevents bales from shifting and leaning against and falling out of the doors

Do you have questions on how to have more profitable loads?
Contact us and we’ll work with your specific requirements.

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