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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Service Spotlight: Quincy Recycle’s Brokerage Division

Here at Quincy Recycle, we place a high importance in fostering long-lasting relationships with our partners. We focus on providing reliable, consistent services for our customers because it’s an integral part of building success for their business. Read on to learn how we’ve applied this approach within our brokerage division.

How can Quincy Recycle’s brokerage division help?

We believe in building relationships and being a one-stop-shop for your waste and recycling needs, and we can do that through our brokerage business. We arrange to remove recycling commodities from your facility and get it directly to the businesses who need it – helping you meet your waste reduction and sustainability goals in the process. We stand out from other companies through:

  • Financial Strength: We have the ability to pay clients fast and make the process much quicker than the industry standard.
  • Reliable Partnerships: We have an unmatched network of recycling commodity processors that we’ve established during our 45 years in the industry. We know exactly where to sell your goods to get the best price and service. Our partners are located across the United States, so we can service your locations nationally.
  • Excellent Communication: Our team is committed to open and honest communication. We are professional, transparent, and collaborative. We make sure you understand the state of the market, pricing, and the day-to-day logistics of getting the scrap removed from your facility.

We serve as the connection for businesses who are in need of waste management services, and the reliable paper mills and plastic processors who can handle that waste. Not only will we remove the commodities from your facility, but often are able to create additional value for your business through the partnerships we establish. Pretty nice, isn’t it?

How does the brokerage division work?

A brokerage relationship with Quincy Recycle starts the same as all of our relationships. We first take the time to see, listen, and understand the unique scrap and waste problems of your business. Once we understand your business on a deeper level, we can recommend the best waste management solution.

If a brokerage deal is the best option for your business, our team will start by setting a strategy, finding you the best pricing, and laying the foundation for the relationship. After this is settled, we will work with our Sales Coordinators on the details and execution. You can rely on our team to coordinate shipping and logistics, establishing a recurring frequency and cadence for scrap material pickups.

“People should know that we operate in a diverse industry, with an ever-fluctuating marketplace when it comes to freight. This can present many challenges in our search for the most effective rates while still providing the best service possible.” – Shelly Rueda, Sales Coordinator, Quincy Recycle

We never take physical possession of the recycling commodities. It’s our job to make sure your excess scrap is picked up timely and handed off to someone who can make the most of these materials – and we take our job seriously. Through our Collections & Logistics service, we can arrange for flexible pickup times that are convenient for your business. Our team works with the most reliable and cost-efficient transportation companies to ensure we are generating the most value for your business.

How our diligent teammates led to the success of our business

Over the years, our brokerage division has expanded as a result of the most trustworthy connections to companies who can help us solve our customers’ problems. But our business grew to be successful because of our committed team. Associates like Brian Sixsmith (Sales) and Shelly Rueda (Sales Coordinator) from our Chicago plant continue to create a valuable impact for our brokerage business through communicating to customers in a consistent manner, their expertise in trading, and building a strong customer network. This results in expanding who we work with and sell to.

“Shelly and I work closely as a team and are in constant communication to make sure loads are picked up and service needs are being met. We take the time to learn our vendor’s business and are proactive when we see irregularities in their service requests.” – Brian Sixsmith, Sales, Quincy Recycle

Their teamwork is essential to our business, and without their extraordinary customer service and leadership, our brokerage business wouldn’t be where we are today! We’re able to make better relationships with customers, and proven that we’re more than just a broker – we’re your strategic partner for all of your recycling and waste handling needs.

Long-Lasting Partnerships

At Quincy Recycle, we make it a priority to help each and every client achieve their sustainability and waste reduction goals. It’s more than just sales and service. When you partner with Quincy Recycle, you’ll have someone you can rely on to navigate changes down the road. Contact our team today to learn more about our brokerage business.

About Quincy Recycle

We solve waste stream problems for manufacturers and other industrial suppliers. With over 45 years in the business, we handle paper, plastic, and metal recycling, and help clients build waste reduction processes within their business.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog for the latest in industry news, recycling trends, and more! Also, check out our newest facility we are opening in Green Bay, WI, and visit our Careers page for information on how to join our team.

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New Quincy Recycling Facility Coming to Green Bay, WI

Here at Quincy Recycle, we pride ourselves on providing recycling and waste management solutions across the United States. We own and operate plants strategically located in the Midwest to help us efficiently process and move materials. These plant locations are critical to us being able to continue to provide the top-notch service our customers have come to expect from Quincy Recycle. That’s why we are excited to officially announce that we are launching our eighth facility in Green Bay, WI.

The Journey to Green Bay

Marshall Harting, General Manager at Quincy Recycle - West Bend, WIThe addition of the new Green Bay facility became an obvious next step for the business, and a natural expansion for our team. Success of operations in West Bend, approximately 100 miles South, was a crucial building block. As our dedicated Sales team continued to find new recycling partners in this area and as the amount of business opportunities in northern Wisconsin continued to increase, it became clear that Green Bay will be an important location for the Quincy Recycle business long-term.

General Manager, Marshall Harting, commented,

“The new Green Bay plant further aligns Quincy Recycle to meet the long-term supply needs of the recycling industry as it continues to grow and evolve. There is a real sense of pride from the entire Quincy Recycle team to be strategically expanding our footprint in the Midwest; growing our capabilities within the industry and offering increased service and new innovative recycling solutions to our partners throughout Wisconsin.”

Setting up Equipment & Operations

quincy recycle green bay wisconsin facility

We took possession of the 64K square foot facility on September 1 and will be investing heavily in facility and equipment setup through the rest of the year. We will also be hiring key team members to help us operate the facility. Similar to existing Quincy Recycle facilities, the Green Bay facility will operate primarily within the fiber and plastic commodity markets.

Quincy Recycling Careers

Quincy Recycle estimates needing to hire more than 20 new employees in Green Bay within the next twelve months to operate the facility, with an anticipated production start date of January 1, 2021. Check out our About Us page to learn more about who we are and the type of team and work environment you can expect. Interested in joining the team? Submit your application through the link on our Careers page.

About Quincy Recycle

Founded in 1974, Quincy Recycle solves waste stream problems for manufacturers and commercial businesses with its large nationwide network and creative solutions-based culture. With a goal of efficiently diverting waste from landfills and minimizing client costs, Quincy’s primary business is providing paper, plastic, and food waste recycling services. The Midwestern based company is also a major supplier and buyer of gaylord boxes and commercial recycling equipment.

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