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Vertical balers

A vertical baler is industrial hydraulic equipment used to compress and bundle cardboard, plastic, non-ferrous metals, shrink wrap. Rectangular bales in a variety of sizes are incredibly compact and dense. The purpose of baling is to recycle these materials to optimize transportation costs with less air and more materials. Please note that a vertical press cannot make bales of clothing for export.

Different models of vertical presses are used for various kinds of recycling. They may vary according to each customer's needs and volume. Space on the operation site is often a consideration. A quick call to one of our advisors can guide you to the right vertical press solution for your organization. Please note that a vertical press cannot make bales of clothing for export.

Recycled materials can be recycled, and some will be sold. Each bundle of cardboard, plastic, non-ferrous metals, or shrink-wrap could generate potential revenue. Recycled materials are costly to bury and should be kept to a minimum to protect the health of our planet. Removing recycled content from your waste stream reduces the weight and frequency of waste collected, which in turn reduces your final waste disposal costs.

Installation needs to be done professionally. Industek will provide a turn-key solution for the installation. First, our experienced team of installation specialists will inspect your site to ensure it matches the configuration of your equipment. They will then plan for delivery and installation at the right time. Our expertise is much broader than manufacturing.

Yes, and that's really important. As part of the installation process, our installers will explain how to use your baler. Each press is also supplied with an instructional manual. You must also ensure that you respect the guidelines of every company and province.

Our vertical presses are designed to operate without problems for years to come. They have a standard two-year guarantee on parts and labor. Preventive maintenance plans are available. Industek also provides repair services for all makes and models of vertical presses.

This is the ratio by which a press will reduce the volume of your recyclable material.

It depends on 3 factors:

  • The type of material.
  • Total press force in PSI
  • Material management in the press i.e., carefully placed or launched.

The average rate of compaction of commercial carton board (OCC: Old Corrugated Containers) in a press ranges from 10 to 1 to 15 to 1. Example: You can press between 10 and 15 pallets of flat cardboard into a bundle on an IBV1010 press. The ratio is going to be even better for plastics and shrink wrappers. Avoid mixing up different recyclables. It is highly recommended that you do not insert wet recyclables and other waste into your press. ex. wood, metal, earth, and stones.

Your bales must weigh a minimum of 350 kg (770 lb) to be recycled at the national level.

Old packaging made of corrugated cardboard (occ) #11

(consist of bundles of old corrugated cardboard packaging made of linerboard or special linerboard (testliner) containing 100% recycled material.)

Prohibited materials

Any matter that exceeds the allowable limit would render the lot unusable for the specified category. All recovered and sorted paper must be free from food scrap, medical or hazardous waste, toxic substances, and other harmful substances or liquids *.

The recycler's plant reserves the right to reject the bundles if the content of these materials is greater than 1%:

  • metal in all its forms, excluding staples on corrugated cardboard boxes
  • plastic, including bags and bottles
  • glass
  • wood
  • rubber
  • wet strength paper
  • newsprint and magazines
  • cardboard covered with polyethylene
  • boxes, containers or waxed paper


All paper that has been manufactured or processed to be unfit for consumption for the specified paper category *

The factory reserves the right to reject bales if the releases (including prohibited materials) are higher than 5%:

  • old packaging made of cardboard from Asia
  • cartons for boxes
  • stationery

Other specifications: Humidity: 8% maximum (+/- 2%)*

Containers that have been in contact with toxic or deleterious substances will be refused.

For example :

  1. Fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, rodenticides or containers contaminated with these substances.
  2. Chemical bags or containers that may have contained and absorbed questionable chemicals, including but not limited to the heavy metal compounds of antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, selenium, silver and zinc.
  3. Toxic, carcinogenic and potentially carcinogenic materials such as dyes, formaldehyde, pcbs or phenol resins, pigments, etc.

If any of the above materials are detected in the bundles, the entire shipment will be rejected and any subsequent shipments will be held until the recycler is confident enough that such a situation will not reoccur.

subject to updated industry standards

* Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. Scrap Specifications Circular, 2016.

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A compactor is a heavy-duty industrial equipment used to compact waste to reduce the number of times a collector must pick up and empty your waste container. By reducing the frequency of waste collection, you can cut down on collection costs.

A stationary compactor handles dry waste. The compactor is on the floor and a compaction container is secured with industrial ratchet fasteners. When the waste container is full, a collector only takes out the compacting container, leaving the compactor in place. The waste container is then emptied and returned to your site. Dry wastes include paper, plastic, textiles, wood, iron, industrial waste and more.

In general, two types of materials can be conveyed to a compactor: wet waste and dry waste.

Dry waste is dry material like paper, plastic and textiles that cannot be recycled and wood, iron and industrial waste.

Wet waste includes wet materials such as liquid and semi-liquid food waste from grocery stores, restaurants, cafeterias and other industries.

Wet waste must be compacted using an integrated compacter. These compactors allow wet waste and any liquid to be poured into the compactor. The integrated compactor is waterproof. When the compactor is full, a collector will pick up the entire compactor, empty it at a dedicated site, and return it empty to your location. You can add wet and dry waste in an integrated compact.

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