A Guide to Choosing the Right PTR Baler
The basic job of a baler is to compact your recyclable materials into a manageable form. In order to make the most appropriate choice consider the following: materials, space, size and budget. With so many models to choose from, selecting the best PTR baler for your business can be tricky. We’re here to help make the process easier! Check out this comprehensive guide to choosing a baler that will suit your company’s unique needs.
If your organization produces recyclable waste (any most all do to some extent), then you need a recycling baler. Knowing the type of recyclable waste you’re dealing with is key in determining the baler you’ll need.
All PTR Vertical Downstroke Balers seamlessly bale cardboard, plastic P.E.T. bottles, aluminum cans, magazines, office paper, newsprint, paper cartons, e-waste, textiles and clothing. But only a few heavy-duty models can additionally handle foam and rugs, tires, white goods (appliances) and non-ferrous metals. For example, our 500HD and 7200HD models are the perfect choice if you operate a larger warehouse, recycling center, hotel, supermarket, retail chain, mall or hospital, that sees a lot of that type of material.
Space is another factor that comes into play when choosing your PTR baler model. If you have plenty of warehouse floor space as well as plenty of height, you won’t have to worry about this too much. Conversely, if you have a condensed amount of space and low ceiling height, you’ll want to consider a model such as our 2318, which is a low-profile, smaller baler, ideal for limited ceiling height.
Since our balers are Vertical, they take up much less space than many horizontal baler models. You will want to also keep in mind that you’ll need some extra space for when the bale is ejected, as well as an area where they can then be transported out.
The size of your baler should be based on the amount you’ll be putting it to work. Those who will only produce a few bales each week most likely won’t have a need for one of our larger balers, and visa versa.
Our Vertical Balers range in size from 24″ to 72″, and can accommodate balers anywhere from 100 lbs to 1800 lbs.
Of course, budget is an important factor when choosing a baler. PTR respects that each company has it’s own budget. You’ll work with an expert customer representative that will be able to help match you with a baler that will suit your needs and stay within your budget.
In addition to our line of new Vertical Balers, PTR also proudly offers our Rebuild Program of balers. This is a great way for those working with limited budgets to get a like-new piece of certified equipment for the most economical price out there. These machines have undergone a thorough 52 pint inspection process and a complete reconditioning.
We are confident that we’ll be able to find you a custom solution. Contact us to learn more about our new and rebuilt baler models! We’re happy to help you from start to finish.
Facility Management with PTR Equipment
If you’re looking for a turnkey solution for your recycling and waste management needs, PTR has it. We work with many facility and property management organizations nationwide, among other markets. For example, we offer solutions for facilities such as:
- Industrial facilities
- Movie Theaters
- Department Stores & More
We have large manufacturing facilities, located in Philadelphia PA and Plant City, FL, as well as stocking programs, so we can deliver and install quickly and expertly. Our account representatives are trained to ensure you’re matched with equipment and service plans best suited for your needs. One way we do this is through analyzing and identifying your company’s waste stream composition.
- Wet Waste: This includes organic materials like food and liquid waste. You won’t have to worry about fluid leakage, pests or unpleasant odors with a PTR Compactor.
- Dry Waste: The PTR stationary compactor is perfect for facilities that deal with mostly dry waste. This would include home supply chains, clothing stores, store chains, and distribution centers, to name a few. Waste is compacted, the container is removed and emptied off-site, and then brought back to the location by a waste hauler.
- Recyclable Waste: Our Vertical Balers are an excellent way to manage your recyclable materials and create a new revenue stream for your company. Cardboard, plastic bags, shrink wrap, plastic bottles, aluminum cans and much more (depending on model), can be diverted from the landfill. Our balers will help you meet sustainability goals and regulations. The new PTR Smart Baler features innovative technology that we know we revolutionize your current processes.
16 out of 20 major retailers in the U.S. choose PTR products, and the reason is simple. PTR manufactures a superior product, backed by a comprehensive standard warranty, and continues to deliver excellent customer service long after the sale. All of our waste and recycling equipment is built to be the safest on the market, meeting all OSHA and NOISH recommendations. We also offer additional products such as Cart Dumpers and Baler Conveyors, to help keep your employees safe and productive.
Learn more about how we can help your facility manage your waste and recycling streams here.
Visiting the New Welding Lab at Father Judge HS
This passed December, PTR CEO Mike Savage, Vice President Gary Fudala, and Director of Manufacturing Bob Walker visited the new Welding Lab at Father Judge High School in Philadelphia.
We’re especially thankful to Brian King, President of Father Judge High School and Joe Williams, Welding Instructor, for welcoming the PTR crew to the school. It was a pleasure to spend the day with the students and check out the progress with the new lab!
PTR is proud to have been one of the first supporters of their Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. We’re thrilled to have be able to aid in the development of this program through the donation of tools, metals, sticks, safety equipment and other resources. Great job to all the students and we wish you success in all of their future careers.
Spreading Holiday Cheer
Holiday Giving Project 2019- Update!
A huge thank you to all PTR employees who contributed to this year’s Holiday Giving project!
This year, PTR adopted one of the 8 children group homes that St. Francis – St. Vincent runs, the Drexel House. The Drexel House is home to 13 Boys ages 16-17 yrs old. These children have little to no family and will most likely only receive gifts that are donated to them this year.
Their wish list included:
- Hat / Scarves/ Gloves
- Socks (Tube Socks)
- Play station 4 games – Must be PG Games non Violent games
- Soccer Balls
- Hoodies 2XL or XL
- Axe Body Spray
- Toothbrush / Tooth paste
- Ear buds
- Video / Board Games
- MP-4 players
We also collected baby supplies, diapers, bottle and onesies for several expectant mothers, and hats, gloves, and hair accessories for teenage girls who were adopted by another charity.
The gifts will be dropped off today, December 19th, at Drexel House. Thank you everyone for supporting our charity every year! You’ve all helped give these children a happier holiday.
Learn more about the St. Francis- St. Vincent Homes here.
Holiday Giving 2019
Each year around this time, PTR organizes our Holiday Giving Project. Employees across all departments of the company are asked to bring in various items to be donated to chosen organizations throughout the holiday season.
This year, we began collecting canned goods as well as gently worn winter clothing like hats, scarves and gloves, since the end of October. All were donated to the St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen on Kensington Ave. in time for Thanksgiving.
Now, we’re excited to see what we can gather for the St. Francis/ St. Vincent Home for Children before the drive ends on December 13th! We’re collecting items for boys and girls ages 13 to 21.
We’re very proud to support these fantastic local charities. Thanks to all employees who have contributed so far, and let’s keep those donations coming!
Our baler conveyor is another piece of accessory equipment that is key to streamlining backroom operations, enhancing productivity and significantly improving workplace safety.
Our conveyors are compatible with PTR baler models 2300HDX, 5000HD, and 7200HD. We are also able to work with an existing conveyor, as long as the dimensions line up.
SAFE & EASY TO USE
PTR’s Conveyor, like other PTR recycling and waste equipment, is built with ease of use in mind.
You’re able to feed the baler from the rear of the machine or from either side into the hopper. When the baler chamber is full, a sensor light illuminates. At this point, you’ll know it’s time to run a baler cycle.
There is another great option, where the operator is able to cycle the baler ram using a rear pendant. This way they won’t need to step away from the conveyor feed in order to walk over to the baler control panel on the machine while in use.
Contact your PTR Customer Service Representative to learn more today. Click here or call (800) 523-3654.
Employer of Choice Awards Breakfast
PTR was selected by the City of Philadelphia as a 2019 recipient for the Employer of Choice Award. It was an honor to be recognized for our exemplary hiring, sustainability, retention and promotion practices! Accepting the award are PTR President and CEP Mike Savage, Brent Ford (PTR HR Manager), Harold Epps (Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia), Daniel DiPasquale (PTR HR Generalist) and Justin Smith (PTR HR Generalist).
We’d like to congratulate all other award recipients! They included:’
- Temple University Health System
- Marshalls Distribution Center
- CVS Health
- Independence Blue Cross
- Rhoads Industries
- Comcast NBCUniversal
- Wells Fargo Bank
- Philadelphia Gas Works
- School District of Philadelphia
Baler, Compactor or Both?
Would your company most benefit most from a baler or compactor? Many organizations find that they need both pieces of equipment to handle their recycling and waste management needs. In this blog post, we’ll briefly explain what each does and how to know which is best for you.
Vertical Balers are used to bundle (or bale) your recyclable material. PTR balers are capable of handling cardboard, aluminum, plastic, paper and more. Some models are even able to handle tires, textiles, electronic waste, rugs and even heavier-duty recyclables such as white appliances, tires and non-ferrous metals.
Most organizations today are highly focused on recycling and sustainability initiatives. A recycling baler is key to implementing sustainability policies and processes. Diverting your recyclables from the landfill not only helps our external environment, but your internal environment as well. It helps save space and keep your workplace free of dangerous debris. This increases overall workplace safety, which in turn, reduces costly downtime due to employee injuries. Another major benefit is what was once waste is now a valuable commodity. Recycling bales, depending on volume, can be an unexpected new revenue stream for your business.
PTR offers a line of baler models in various sizes to suit your needs. View them here.
Compactors compress (or compact) large amounts of waste product. While it’s ideal to recycle as much as possible, some material is just not recyclable. That’s what this equipment is for. However, it’s still effective in decreasing waste, since you will be reducing the number of times you take trips to the landfill.
There are two types of compactors: self contained and stationary. Self Contained compactors are a great solution for your wet waste. This makes them ideal for malls, restaurants, movie theaters, hospitals, supermarkets and more industries that produce a lot of liquid or wet waste. PTR’s heavy duty models ensure no leakage or odor. View them here.
Stationary compactors on the other hand, can handle your dry, non-recyclable waste needs. Apartment buildings. Distribution warehouses, college campuses and clothing chains are among some of the industries that can benefit from a stationary compactor.
Both types of compactors reduce the overall amount of waste you produce and therefore, decrease trips to the landfill. This saves you on transportation and tipping feels, while decreasing your carbon footprint.
Many industries will benefit from both kinds of equipment. You may want to start the decision-making process by asking yourself the following questions:
- What are your short-term and long-term sustainability goals?
- Are you looking to recycle more?
- Reduce trips to the landfill?
- Reach a zero waste goals?
Talk to a PTR waste management equipment expert today to learn more about whether a PTR Baler, Compactor or both are best for your business.
National Manufacturing Day 2019
The builders. The producers. The creators. The manufacturers.
Today is National Manufacturing Day, a day dedicated to “Inspiring the Next Generation of Manufacturers”.
Did you know that manufacturers contributed $2.38 trillion to the United States economy in the fourth quarter of last year? That’s up from $1.67 trillion in 2009, and that number only continues to grow. PTR is passionate about educating people, especially young students, about the importance of modern manufacturing to the U.S. economy and to their futures.
Manufacturing careers provide the opportunity for a generous salary and job security. The National Association of Manufacturers estimates that over the next 10 years, “4.6 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and 2.4 million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap.”
It’s a fact- manufacturing drives innovation. Another staggering statistic from NAM is that manufacturers in the U.S. carry out about 64% of all private-sector research and development.
PTR supports and encourages students to explore opportunities in manufacturing careers in order to secure their own futures. Learn more here.
Statistics Source: nam.org/facts-about-manufacturing
The Home Depot Foundation – Building for Veterans Event
PTR participated in the The Home Depot Foundation Building for Veterans event! We helped build sheds for #veterans and playhouses for their children. It was a fantastic event and we’re proud to support an organization that does so much for our vets!