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Waste removal costs reduced significantly

Chicago based label and packaging producer recycles and reuses 40% of their waste
with Bramidan B6030.
  • Employees stand around cardboard gaylords
  • Cardboard boxes at warehouse
  • Employee closes baler door
  • Employees putting plastic wrap into vertical baler
  • Plastic scraps at warehouse
  • Bale of plastic inside warehouse
Industrial companies
Now we are able to measure that 40% of our waste is either reused or recycled.
Dan Doherty, Executive VP of Operations
Prairie State Group
Business advantages
  1. Cut total waste handling costs
  2. Better internal logistics
  3. Improved productivity
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For many American companies, substantial waste by-product is generated during production. In an effort to meet environmental and safety standards, many of these companies create a recycling program with a goal of diverting recyclable waste from the landfill, while, at the same time, placing a high priority on lowering the cost of waste disposal pickups. Prairie State Group, located just outside of Chicago, is no exception. One of the ways in which the company works towards achieving a cost neutral goal is with a Bramidan B6030 vertical baler.

Numerous waste types

Prior to purchasing a vertical baler, Prairie State Group was using gaylords to separate their numerous waste types. Most of the material being discarded is waste by-product from the production of custom printed food packaging and labels. Once each waste stream was isolated, it was picked up with a trailer drop. With 26,000 pounds of waste being picked up each month, the label producer was spending more money than they would have liked on waste pickups and tipping fees.

Reduced waste bill

However, since installing the 60” baler to compact cardboard, plastic shrink wrap, clear film, flexible packaging and cold seal material, they were able to reduce their waste bill by $3,300 from November 2015 to February 2016. Lydia Kuyawa, Waste Diversion Business Advisor, who advised Prairie State Group to consider baling their waste says, “Just by taking material and reconfiguring it into a type that’s acceptable is saving.”

40% of waste is reused or recycled

By opening up a dialogue on Prairie State Group’s environmental business practices with Dan Doherty, Executive VP of Operations at Prairie State Group, Lydia was able to connect them with Bramidan to find a practical baling solution. They began with a free trial of a Bramidan B6030 bailer in their Franklin Park facility. By testing the baler on their different waste types, they were able to measure the amount of waste generated on site. “40% of our waste is either reused or recycled,” says Dan. As a result, they are now able to analyze which is the largest waste stream.

With a high production facility, there is constant movement of waste. Lydia and Dan continue to monitor and analyze the outflow of material and the benefits of baling their recyclables. “At the end of the day,” says Lydia, “they’re taking less out of pocket as opposed to before.