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.


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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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What to expect from your Quincy Recycle Reports

Reporting can mean many things in the manufacturing and recycling industries. Technology and customer requests can span a large spectrum of reports. The most important thing to remember in any report is that you are providing data that is important to your customers and to you. This can help improve relationships with customers, employees, and especially our vendors. We value efficiency, effectiveness, and most of all – we value our teams and customers, which includes our vendors. We focus on creating processes and strategies that will create the most positive experience between our employees and vendors.

At Quincy Recycle we pride ourselves on providing our vendors with the most detailed and efficient reporting to help us both be better business partners for each other. So what does that reporting look like? Let us show you.

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When we talk about reporting, we are talking about the processes that allow the most effective communication between all of our functioning parties – vendors and employees alike. Reporting is a great way to compile information during things like ongoing projects and long-term vendor relationships, and most importantly, keep that information organized and presented to our vendors in a way that works for them.

Our most utilized reporting processes are landfill diversion reports, multiple location reports, and excel reports. The types of reporting vary depending on the vendor and their needs. For example, when a truck load comes in from a food manufacturer vendor, they unload it, report what was on the delivery, deliver that to the Account and Logistics Coordinator, and that ALC then creates a receiving report. A receiving report is a formal document of everything that was on that load by commodity, weight, price, etc., and that is all ultimately sent to the vendor in the format that makes the most sense for them specifically.

Some vendors prefer a more intensive form of recorded information, while others prefer no additional recording at all and would like to receive the invoice that comes with the payment. Some vendors get the whole receiver, some want a weekly report. For specific industries, they may just want the weights in commodities, not the rebate, with a download of the quarterly update in Excel with a commodity breakdown.

Whichever way you prefer your reporting is ready to be executed by our team – end of story.

Reporting is very important to us here at Quincy Recycle, as it has become a highly valued practice amongst our Account and Logistic Coordinators. Creating reports, and maintaining those reports, not only improves our accuracy, but it also builds the relationships that we strive for with our vendors.

Not only is reporting important for this reason, but it also allows us to properly analyze information such as how many tons/pounds were pulled out of a landfill and introduced into a recycle or reuse stream. That material or waste did not go into a landfill, which is now a part of the reporting that the vendor will be able to utilize, as well as Quincy Recycle.

Reporting can look different depending on the vendor. We are focused on creating a reporting process that fits each vendors’ needs, as it is not a one size fits all industry! Some clients prefer weekly reporting, while others may only prefer end of month reports.

In terms of who utilizes our reporting processes, as well as why they would need them, let us show you a few examples.

  • A food manufacturer vendor that requires a monthly statement for all commodities shipped, weighed, and paid for by Quincy Recycle.
  • A soda and beverage company that requires them to use their report format with market pricing on the 7th day of every month.
  • A contract packager that wants us to aggregate eight locations into one monthly report which includes all regions of the US.
  • A meat and poultry processor that needed a monthly report for landfill diversion while still focusing on the recyclables volume amount.

Our primary focus in terms of proper reporting comes down to one thing: listening. Asking questions and hearing what the needs of our vendors are is the foundation of our reporting processes.

Overall, we strategize by asking the client questions on how they would like to see the reporting, and then following up with questions once they see the reporting to ensure that it matches their needs.  We want to make it easy to do business with Quincy Recycle, which is why we are adamant to customize and cater the reporting to the vendors’ needs, whatever that may entail.

Have questions about improving your reporting processes? Contact us today. 

Employee Spotlight: Carol O’Connell

Passionate. That’s just one of the terms people use to describe Carol O’Connell. Her enthusiasm for Quincy Recycle is infectious. She helps ensure that the company culture is not only communicated to people internally, but is a big part of how that culture translates to customer service and our interactions with our vendors.

When did you start with Quincy Recycle?

My first day with Quincy Recycle was 7/7/2014 which is easy to remember since 7+7=14.

What was your job title when you started?

I was hired as the Outbound Accounts & Logistics Coordinator for our New Haven, IN facility. I was living in Quincy, IL (my hometown) at the time and a dear friend, Danielle Jacobs, referred me for the position.  I moved from Quincy, IL to Fort Wayne, IN for the position and opportunity to work for Quincy Recycle.  I’m not a fan of hot weather and Fort Wayne gets quite a bit of snow so it was a good fit!  The team at the New Haven plant quickly became like family.

What is your current title?

That is a great question.  Short answer: Trainer.  Long answer: My hat changes hour by hour and day to day depending on the needs of the business and our employees.  My main responsibilities include training new Account & Logistics Coordinators (ALC’s) and Sales Coordinators and covering for said positions when an employee is on a long vacation, maternity leave, turnover, etc.  I work closely with two of our largest customers and enjoy building relationships with the various vendors and customers we partner with.

One of the benefits to my position is that I travel to all of our facilities.  We have uniformed processes company wide, but what works for one facility might not work for another.  I get to share ideas with the teams and brainstorm new processes to make us better and more efficient.

Currently, I am planning our annual Customer Service Summit this September.  We bring 40+ team members together from all our facilities for two days to build relationships, learn, laugh and make our QRP/QFP families even stronger and more successful.

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

Be courageous & try it!  “It’s all fixable” is a common Carol-ism. Our employees are empowered to make decisions and if it works out, it’s a win!  If it doesn’t, then we know we gave it a go and move on to the next option.

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

I came from the home & holiday décor wholesale industry so working in the recycling field was a completely new challenge for me.  Learning the QRP Lingo took some time. I recall double drop & hook being the hardest freight lingo concept to grasp and now its second nature.  I share with our new employees that it takes 6 to 8 months to feel comfortable and almost 2 years to feel confident in their role with Quincy Recycle.  We are here to support them through the learning curve because there isn’t a short cut.  There is a lot of new to learn!

What was the most surprising or fun thing to learn?

That the first step to recycling cardboard at a paper mill is to push it into a large blender (pulper) filled with water and chemicals.  I’m not sure what I thought the process was, but that was not it.

And the term “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is relevant!  I was getting my mail recently and talking to another tenant when he complained about all the junk mail he received.  My ears perked up because junk mail to him is $$ to me!  Yes, please toss that junk mail into a recyclable container, we will shred it, bale it and sell it to a paper mill who will make it into something new.

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

Our people are the best of the best.  My position involves 80% travel which allows me to visit all of our facilities and get to know my team members. A lot of people have heard me say this and I’ll continue to say it: “there isn’t one person that works for QRP & affiliates that I wouldn’t go out to lunch with”.  Ugh oh, did I just open myself up to a lot of lunch dates?

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

We are a family (One Team, One Dream, One Family) and we care about your family.  Companies will tell you “family first” in interviews, but at QRP we truly mean it.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

I really relate to the saying…“You’ve never seen me truly happy unless you’ve gone to a concert with me”.  Whether its Coldplay at Soldier Field or Brett Eldredge in a small venue, I love live music.

When I do get home after traveling, it’s time to catch up on any shows I missed throughout the week.  I love all things Bravo & Andy Cohen.  Southern Charm, Real Housewives, Summer House, Watch What Happens Live, Below Deck – Bravo, Bravo, Freaking Bravo.

I live in downtown Chicago so exploring new restaurants, checking out a neighborhood weekend festival, going to Broadway shows, hanging with friends on their rooftop, anything involving enjoying the city and all it has to offer, I am in!

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

Received: Do Better. – John Danker

Read: Be here now.

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

I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas.  It’s great upbeat song!

Working with Quincy Recycle

If you are in business, you know that you can’t do it alone. Even when you are starting out as the single staff person, you probably partnered with a lawyer, an accountant, and others to help your business succeed. The more you succeed, the more people you need as you start to build your team and continue to bring new people and partners into your company.

If you are a company that produces things, chances are that you have a recycling partner, but are they the right partner for you? At Quincy Recycle we pride ourselves on being that right partner for all of our vendors. How can we do this? Because we tailor a recycling program to fit the needs of your operations, rather than forcing you to fit into our mold.

From your first meeting with one of our team members, one thing you will notice is that we ask a lot of questions, and we mean A LOT of questions. Our process has to start with questions so that we can understand how your business functions, where your pain points are when it comes to your waste stream, and only then can we find a solution that fits your needs.

When we partner with you our goal is to find ways to say YES to your waste stream goals.  That unique approach means that those solutions take a lot of different forms. For some, it means updating and maintaining equipment. For others, it means being able to have a comingled load. For some it means that we handle all your associated logistics so that you don’t have to think about your waste stream.

Regardless of what your custom solution looks like, there is one thing that all of our partners will have in common. Our entire Quincy Recycle team is here to execute the plan that we create for you. From our drivers to our talented plant teams and our ALC (Account Logistics Coordinators) right on down the line, when you are partner with Quincy Recycle we put our systems to use to solve all of your waste stream problems.

When you partner with Quincy Recycle there are some things you can always count on:

  • We begin by listening – we want to understand the full scope of your operational and sustainability goals
  • Help you identify equipment needs
  • Creation of a customized plan for your operation
  • Ensure the plan makes economic sense for your business
  • Detailed Reporting
  • Prompt Payment
  • Excellent Customer Service

Think this sounds too good to be true? Let us prove it to you. Contact us today and let one of our expert team members provide you with a waste stream audit to see how we can improve your bottom line.