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A Brief History of the First Recycling Baler

The first recycling baler was born from hay balers used in the farming industry since the 1930s. Automatic hay balers were designed to help compress hay into easily transportable bales. Baling hay also helped to reduce the amount of space require to store it and made stacking of bales easier.

First Recycling Baler

From these early hay balers, different types of machines were developed to determine how hay was baled. Some balers roll the hay into circular shapes, and then secure it in place using twine or netting. Other balers cut and compress the hay into rectangular shapes, after which it is also secured together using twine or netting.

As the efficiency of farming improved thanks to various machines and equipment, there was a decline in the number of farmers. For equipment manufacturers, this meant fewer farmers purchasing equipment. Since most equipment was designed to last for years, it also meant existing farmers would not be investing in equipment as often. As a result, farm equipment and machine manufacturers started to look for other uses and industries they could enter to ensure their future success.

One such industry was waste management. Traditionally, trash was picked up and required large amounts of space for disposal. In the 1940s, the first waste balers were created based upon hay balers in order to help compact certain types of waste into bundles that took up less space and made disposal easier. During this same time, the trash compactor was also created for use in waste collection vehicles and at facilities to help compact other types of waste.

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Then, in the 1970s and 1980s, as awareness for the environment started to grow, waste management brokers started to adapt waste balers for recycling purposes. Initially, the primary use of recycling balers was for cardboard that could be compacted, cut, and broken down into bundled bales.

Today, there are several different types of recycling balers and compactors businesses can use to help protect our environment. To learn more about recycling solutions for your business, contact Global Trash Solutions at 866.760.8194 to arrange a waste and recycling consultation.