The Burlington, North Carolina-based waste management company had been running a single-ram baler at maximum capacity and workers had to stop production to clear material jams four to five times each day.
Green Life co-owners Justin and Wayne Moody worked with CB&E and its president Mark McDonald to find a solution that would fix the productivity and safety issues.
McDonald says CB&E’s new Gold Rush two-ram baler with its Free Jam automatic jam release technology was designed so workers wouldn’t have to enter the charge chamber to clear a jam: “Sadly, people have been injured and killed doing this.”
After installing the two-ram baler with automatic jam-release technology in mid-June 2015, Green Life began more efficiently baling cardboard as well as plastic bottles, newspapers, heavy print paper and shrink film, thus expanding the type of material the company can safely and efficiently process.
Recycling Toady reports the company previously produced 300 tons of cardboard per month with its old baler. Now Green Life processes that amount in just over a week, using less labor. Justin Moody tells the publication: “We are getting a heavier bale weight with the Gold Rush, which will enable us to enter the export market and get approximately $15 more per bale.”
In May UK waste management company Premier Waste said it now diverts 98.6 percent of all material from landfill following an overhaul of its baling equipment with Presona equipment.