Asia is buying about 350 million pounds annually now--close to about one-third of what is baled
here in the U.
Typically, if the materials to be baled
will all be fiber grades, the open-end baler can be ideal because they offer a continual extrusion bale type, which is often the most productive type of baler.
The equipment initially baled
more than 400 metric tons per day until its relocation to Rochester.
Prices currently stand in the neighborhood of 17 cents per pound for baled
PET, 22 cents for natural HDPE and 12 cents for pigmented HDPE on the East Coast.
Re-bated OCC is baled
at a rate of 39 to 41 tons per hour.
Cost factors that often get overlooked include electrical consumption, labor and maintenance, wire usage and final freight of baled
After material has been through all the automated sorting equipment and past the sorting line stations, what emerges at a MRF are several grades of paper and several types of separated rigid containers that need to be baled
Jagou notes that many recyclers have agreed to handle the baled
film, even though the market is not as established as for OCC.
The design of the system, operator training, the type of wire used and the material being baled
are all factors in the wire-tying equation.
At most of these facilities, you have people sorting grades and putting materials into bunkers to be baled
, as well as material being mechanically sorted for eventual baling," says Sierra's Harris.
The Chinese came in after Chinese New Year and wanted to buy every bottle they could," says Ron Benge regarding demand for baled
plastic bottles from the export market this year.