What Is Baling Wire and How Is It Used In The Recycling Industry?

Baling wire is essential in the recycling industry. In short, bale ties are used to secure bales of recyclable material safely and neatly before moving on through the recycling process. There are different types and styles of baling wires used in the industry today. In this article, we will cover how baling wire is used, the different types available, and how Quincy Recycle can equip your business with these essential recycling equipment supplies.

How is baling wire used in the recycling industry?

Manufacturers and distributors produce a lot of recyclable scrap material. Whether that’s cardboard, plastics, paper, or metals, using recycling equipment like balers helps businesses efficiently organize, store, and prepare that scrap for recycling. That’s where baling wire comes in.

The baling wire is fed through a baler to tie-off the bale of scrap. Baling your recyclable scrap makes loading the scrap onto a trailer for transit much easier. Plus, it helps keep your facility cleaner and more organized. Seems simple enough, right? Well, there is actually a lot to consider when choosing bale wire.

What are the different types of baling wire available?

Here at Quincy Recycle, we sell high-quality, American-made industrial bale wire. While import options are available, we’ve found that American-made bale ties undergo stricter quality control standards and simply hold up better. Plus, you get to support a product made here in the USA!

There are three main types of baling wire commonly used in the recycling industry; Single-Loop Bale Ties, Box Wire, and Stump Wire. With each type of baling wire, there are various wire gauges, lengths, and finishes available.

Silver and black single loop bale tiesSingle-Loop Bale Ties

Single Loop bale ties are used with vertical and horizontal balers. These ties secure bales of recycled material after it has already gone through the baler. Single-loop baling ties are hand-tied by running the loose end through the loop to secure the wire around the bale.

Large spool of dark box wire in front of three cardboard boxes.Box Wire

If your business is using an auto-tie style baler, then box wire is a great option. Box wire comes packaged as one continuous length of wire. The wire is fed through an auto-tie baler. This is great for manufacturers or distributors that produce large quantities of scrap material because it helps save time. Whereas single-loop bale ties are hand fed and hand-tied for every bale, box wire feeds continuously for a more efficient workflow.

Three large spools of stump wire.Stump Wire

For handling even larger quantities of scrap material, stump wire is your best bet and comes in very large spools. The spools of wire are auto-fed similar to Box Wire, but because of the larger sized spools, they are changed out less often. For example, you’ll find stump wire used with Two Ram Balers, which have a single-wire feed. These balers are processing huge quantities of scrap and stump wire helps prevent extra downtime from frequent wire spool changes.

Galvanized vs Black Annealed Baling Wire

Another choice you need to make is whether to use galvanized or black annealed bale ties. Galvanized baling wire is sometimes referred to as “clean wire” and tends to be the most popular option for our vendors. Galvanized wire is resistant to corrosion and is a better choice when securing certain types of scrap material.

Bale of aluminum cans secured by galvanized baling wireFor example, let’s say you are baling old soda cans that still have a bit of liquid leftover (which is common). The excess liquid can have a negative effect on the wire over time, so choosing galvanized wire, which is less susceptible to corrosive elements is the best option. For similar reasons, it is also a better choice when storing bales outdoors.

Black annealed baling wire on the other hand is more pliable than galvanized wire, which can come in handy depending on your use. Some material re-expands more than others once unloaded from the baler, so having a little extra flexibility can help prevent the wire from failing. You may hear people refer to black annealed wire as “dirty.” That’s because it has a light coating of oil which helps resist corrosion. Black annealed bale ties will rust when used and stored outdoors, which is why it’s important to consider your specific application when choosing the type of wire you will be using.

Baling Wire Gauges

The last primary consideration you need to take into account is choosing the appropriate wire gauge for the material you are baling. Typically we sell baling wire in gauges ranging from 10-14. Wire with a lower gauge (10-ga.) is going to be thicker and stronger than higher gauge wire (14-ga.). When you purchase your baling wire from Quincy Recycle, our team will take the guesswork out of choosing the right gauge wire, so you can rest easy knowing the baling wire your team is using is safe and strong enough for your application.

Why should you buy your baling wire from Quincy Recycle?

We know there are a lot of choices out there of where to purchase baling wire for your recycling equipment. However, a lot of those choices are not necessarily recycling companies. That means, they can sell you the baling wire, but that’s about it. Quincy Recycle on the other hand is a recycling company. In addition to baling wire, we offer recycling equipment sales and service, along with a wide range of recycling services. Plus, we make customer service a top priority.

At Quincy Recycle, we strive to be a one-stop-shop solution for our partners. Because recycling isn’t a one-size-fits-all business, we take a personal approach in everything we do. And, that includes baling wire sales. There is a lot that goes into the recycling process, from choosing equipment to how to offload your valuable scrap material. That’s why it’s important to choose a partner who can provide customized solutions based on your specific goals and needs.

Ready to learn more about how Quincy Recycle can help your business?

Whether you’re interested in purchasing baling wire, recycling equipment, or learning more about our recycling services, we’d love to talk. Contact us today and let’s take the first step towards a more sustainable future for your business.

 

About Quincy Recycle

Quincy Recycle solves complex waste stream problems for manufacturers and other industrial supplies. We have an expansive service network spanning from coast-to-coast.

 

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Gaylord Boxes

What’s in a name? Boxes used in manufacturing sure do have a lot of them. You may hear them referred to as “pallet containers”, “bulk boxes”, “pallet boxes”, “skid boxes”, or “bulk bins”. One of the most common and strangest names for a box used in manufacturing is “Gaylord box”. An industry staple in the world of manufacturing, you may use this name everyday without knowing where it actually comes from.

The first Gaylord boxes were produced nearly 60 years ago, by The Gaylord Container Company which was originally based in St Louis; hence the name. Originally just one specific type of packing box, the term has evolved over time to encompass many different sizes of box products. There have been some buyouts and headquarter changes, but the company that founded the Gaylord box still exists today.

Gaylord boxes are a vital component to any manufacturing operation. So how would you feel if we told you that you were paying too much for yours? Or that you were costing your company a lot of money by throwing them out?

Well, you probably are.

These boxes can hold hundreds, even thousands of pounds of product. Corrugated cardboard is the star of the show, and makes them physically capable of withstanding intense weights and pressures. Corrugated cardboard is a fancy way of saying reinforced and strong paper products made to resist tears and take a few transit punches along the way.  Suffice it to say these boxes are basically indestructible. So why would anyone only use a box once?

In our one and done society, still usable and functional items are often put to pasture well before their true expiration date, and these boxes are no exception. Sure, you could keep paying $20-$30 for a new box every time you are ready to ship. But we recommend seeing the light at the end of the savings tunnel and paying a fraction of new box cost for a perfectly re-usable used box instead. If you have empties up for grabs we will happily take those as well, saving you invaluable waste removal costs and creating a revenue stream where you once had only costs.

Contact us with questions or to check availability, and let’s see how much we can start saving you today!

Quincy’s Safety Milestones

At our core, we strive to create a work environment with a foundation that is built on mutual respect. No one is more important than the other, and we only achieve optimal performance when we work together.   We also recognize that our team members have people counting on them coming home at the end of a long day. 

That’s why, out of our many Core Values, the most important one is Alive & Well. This job can be a dangerous one. It can mean observing or operating in a plant you just walked into for the first time.  It can mean operating a baler or driving a forklift in the plant you come into everyday while remembering there is a fine line between familiar confidence and foolhardy risk. 

To err is human, to emphasize safety is Quincy Recycle. We start every manager meeting with acknowledgement of safety examples or changes made to improve safety.  We ask our associates to hold each other accountable to our published safety standards on a daily basis. Responsibility for self and others is at the forefront, as well as a focus on learning from past mistakes and near misses. Safety results are always more important than production results, and we would argue that safe manufacturing and processing practices actually herald efficiency. We conduct monthly company wide safety meetings, where we share and train on topics that are critically important to keeping our team members and our facilities safe and we learn from mistakes and near misses.   

But physical safety is more than just showing up to work and staying safe and whole. We also provide free annual physicals and discounted health insurance premiums to our associates who participate in our wellness program. We believe that if you feel good, and you have the tools to be proactive and preemptive with your own personal health, you’ll not only be healthier overall, but you’ll be a more attentive and active employee. Taking care of people is the right thing to do, and it’s just good business. Investing in our people and respecting the roles they play and jobs they do enables us to also empower them to thrive.  

We do all of this because our bottom line is dependent on our people. Our colleagues are an extension of our families. Our jobs entwine together in a web of success, each strand just as important as the next; we need every employee healthy and energized, in order to be the company we want to be.  

Your Waste Audit

The first step to fixing a problem is admitting that you have one. Sorry to hit you with philosophy right out of the starting gate, but we figured time is money, and you’re probably losing some as you read this. How do we know? We know because you’re a manufacturing company and studies show that on average, more than 70% of what you throw out isn’t actually trash at all. 

So what does that mean? It means you’re paying too much for waste removal and replacement products, some of which you could reuse. It means you’re missing out on great free PR; sustainability is on everyone’s minds these days. But most importantly, it means we can help you save more (materials, money, time)  while you waste less. 

We are a national recycling company that specializes in helping manufacturers like you recognize opportunities to improve and start performing at optimum utilization of your resources and inputs (raw materials, packaging, capital, and human resources). We believe profits and sustainability aren’t mutually exclusive. That’s why we do what we do. 

Once our team is able to observe your current sources of waste generation and means of collection and disposal we will develop a plan of action tailored to your various waste byproducts. We will determine what can be reused and give you options when it comes to what can be recycled. Options that will absolutely save overall waste stream costs and quite possibly create revenue streams.  Innovation is the name of our game, both internally and in our waste audit plans. If we can find ways for your process to operate more efficiently and generate less waste, we will help you implement those solutions. What an easy way to engage your team in sustainability goals that improve the thumbprint your facility leaves on our planet and boosts your bottom line.

We don’t stop there, though. Account management teams will continually analyze your waste stream, helping you offset production and waste removal costs even when your process and products change. This is an ongoing process, and we believe there is always room for improvement.  It is a collaborative and team effort.

To us, sustainability is achievable and made possible with Quincy Recycle’s involvement. It requires implementing realistic waste reduction goals that help your overall operational efficiency and showcase your ownership and responsibility in waste stream management. 

Let us help you start to take those small steps today. We’re game if you are.