Baling Wire

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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Employee Spotlight: Kelsey Hayes

Kelsey Hayes truly owns her role as our Financial Controller and the respective scope of responsibilities she and her team share in ensuring the accuracy of our financial data and the integrity of our processes and transactions.  She has a thirst for knowledge and understanding in all aspects of our business, and she is committed to learning and continuous improvement.  In the 18 plus months that she has been our Financial Controller, Kelsey has built a strong, balanced, and dynamic team where voices are heard, strengths are leveraged, and internal controls are protected. Phil Hildebrand said of her, “Kelsey’s determination, sense of urgency, and high orientation for detail give me confidence that our team is on top of the day-to-day activities with a focus on making it easy for our vendors and our customers to do business with us.”

When did you start with Quincy Recycle?

July 2017

What was your job title when you started?

Financial Accountant

What is your current title?

Financial Controller

If you had to pick one, which Core Value is your favorite and why?

Alive & Well. Safety is the top priority at Quincy Recycle but this core value also represents work-life balance. I am happy to work for a company that values me as a person and wants to see me succeed in all facets of life.

What was the most challenging thing to learn in your roles?

Learning a new accounting system and the recycling industry in general was challenging during my first few years at Quincy Recycle. As my role has changed over the last 6 years, I have been continually challenged in new ways and never know when a new learning moment will arise.

What was the most surprising or fun thing to learn?

I am constantly amazed by the amount of companies Quincy Recycle works with. I think it is fascinating to walk into a store and recognize companies/brands of products on the shelves that I have worked with in my role at QRP.

What’s your favorite part about working at Quincy Recycle?

The people and the ability for unlimited growth.

What would you like prospective employees to know about Quincy Recycle?

Hard work does not go unnoticed at Quincy Recycle. If you put in the time, effort, and energy, you will realize great things at this company.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

Spoiling my 8 nieces & nephews, playing volleyball year-round, and traveling! My husband and I are going on an Alaskan cruise this Summer!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever read or received?

Keep the mentality “If it is to be, it is up to me”. If you want something in life, you are the only one that can make it happen!

If you had to pick a song to portray the culture of Quincy Recycle, what would it be and why?

We Are Family” by Sister Sledge

Quincy Recycle Circular Economy

How Quincy Recycle Fits Into Your Circular Economy Plan

In recent years, the circular economy concept has gained significant traction.

But what exactly does it mean? At its core, a circular economy seeks to shift from the traditional linear “take-make-dispose” approach to a more sustainable model based on recycling, reusing, and reducing waste. A circular shift requires businesses to rethink their current practices and look for ways to improve sustainability goals.

In this blog, we’ll shed light on how Quincy Recycle can be your trusted partner in achieving your circular economy plan.

Waste Reduction Through Material Recovery

Millions of tons of reusable materials end up in landfills every year. Quincy Recycle is dedicated to sourcing and collecting these materials before they go to waste.

Through advanced material recovery techniques, we help identify recyclable materials within your waste stream and recover them. Our team works with customers to collect various types of plastic, metal, paper, cardboard, and other materials for repurposing or reuse. We work with national partners in a circular approach to ensure that valuable resources are extracted and reintegrated into the supply chain.

Overall, material recovery helps businesses reduce their waste output, save on landfill fees, and optimize the use of resources.

Sustainable Resource Management with Industrial Symbiosis

Industrial symbiosis offers a unique opportunity for businesses to exchange and utilize each other’s waste as valuable resources. Quincy Recycle contributes to industrial symbiosis in a circular economy by connecting and collaborating with different industries.

For example, imagine a plastic manufacturing company generating a significant amount of waste in their process. Instead of disposing of the waste, Quincy Recycle identifies a symbiotic opportunity by connecting the plastic manufacturer with another company needing plastic raw materials, such as a packaging company.

We then facilitate the transfer of plastic waste to the packaging company, which uses it as a valuable resource to produce new packaging materials. Multi-company collaboration allows the plastic manufacturer to reduce waste and disposal costs and enables the packaging company to obtain cost-effective raw materials.

Our industrial symbiotic relationships help businesses close the loop in their production cycles. Waste from one industry becomes a valuable resource for another, and everyone involved becomes part of a more sustainable circular economy.

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Protecting Your Image and the Bottom Line

Circular economy plans can promote a business’s reputation and brand image as an environmentally responsible entity. In an increasingly conscious marketplace, consumers and stakeholders demand sustainable practices and are more likely to support businesses prioritizing environmental stewardship. Working with a reputable recycling partner like Quincy Recycle allows businesses to strengthen their brand value and differentiate themselves from competitors.

Implementing a circular economy plan with Quincy Recycle can also bring economic benefits. Businesses can efficiently manage their waste streams, minimize disposal and hauling costs, and potentially generate additional revenue by selling recycled materials or by-products.

Why Work with Quincy Recycle on a Circular Economy Plan?

We offer customized solutions and recycling expertise to meet your needs, such as:

1. Material Evaluation

Quincy Recycle has a team of recycling experts who can evaluate your waste streams and design tailored recycling solutions for your organization. We understand the unique challenges different industries face and can guide you in optimizing your recycling processes.

2. Comprehensive Recycling Services

Whether you need assistance with single-stream recycling, document destruction, or specialized recycling of specific industrial materials, Quincy Recycle has you covered. We offer a wide range of recycling services to meet your needs and help you focus on your core business operations.

3. Transparent Reporting

We believe in transparency. You will receive detailed reporting on the volumes and types of materials collected, suggestions on waste stream management, and updates on how to continue achieving your circular economy goals.

4. Long-Term Collaboration

Lasting relationships with our partners are a driving force behind what we do. We are committed to continuously improving our recycling services and working closely with you to meet your circular economy goals. Our dedicated team of recycling experts will be with you every step of the way.

Are you interested in creating a Sustainability Plan? We can help.

We have helped industrial and manufacturing companies make a positive impact on the future of our planet. From waste reduction and cost savings to promoting sustainable supply chains and environmental stewardship, we have the expertise and resources to help you achieve your circular economy goals.

Contact Quincy Recycle today at 800.311.6097  and let us be your trusted partner in industrial recycling. Together, we can create a more sustainable future for generations to come.

Employee Spotlight: Kyle Howell

When our leaders embody our Core Values, they help lift up everyone around them. That is certainly the case with Kyle Howell. He is a shining example of putting the values front and center. General Manager Michael Malloy says of Kyle, “He has grown with Quincy Recycle from a shift supervisor to Operations manager because of his hard work, determination to win and his continuous dedication to learning. He has built a great team around him and is always focused on our core values. ” Thank you for continuing to be a great example, Kyle!

When did you start with Quincy Recycle?

May 2021

What was your job title when you started?

Plant Supervisor

What is your current title?

Operations Manager

If you had to pick one, which Core Value is your favorite and why?

Alive & Well Being in operations the biggest win I can have every day is getting my team home safe to their families. I can’t just talk safety; I need to live it through my actions.

What was the most challenging thing to learn in your roles?

Managing the person and not the job. Every person needs managed in the way that will help them succeed.

What was the most surprising or fun thing to learn?

Marketing material has been a challenging but fun thing to learn. Connecting with other people that want to provide sustainability has helped my team provide the best waste management solutions to our vendors.

What’s your favorite part about working at Quincy Recycle?

Being able to teach people about the benefits of recycling and coaching them on the best ways to provide sustainability to their business.

What would you like prospective employees to know about Quincy Recycle?

We treat our team members like people, not numbers. We genuinely want people to succeed and work diligently to help them to achieve their goals.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with my friends and family. I’ve picked up golfing the last few years and enjoy the challenges that come with it. I will occasionally play recreational baseball and ice hockey when available.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever read or received?

Stop saying you don’t have time and start saying it’s not a priority. You will make time for things that are a priority. If someone says they don’t have time what I hear is it’s not a big enough priority yet.

If you had to pick a song to portray the culture of Quincy Recycle, what would it be and why?

Avicii- The Nights. Make a positive impact everywhere you go. Live life to the fullest and live a life people will remember!!