TO BALE OR NOT TO BALE?
What does the worksheet do?
This worksheet is a tool to assist in evaluating the economical feasibility of baling recyclables.
The worksheet assumes recycling is taking place but no baling is occurring.
Who should use the worksheet?
This worksheet can be very helpful to town and solid waste district officials, solid waste and
recycling committees, solid waste operators, and other concerned citizens who are examining
their recycling program for the economical feasibility of baling recyclables.
What is the process to use the worksheet?
The user of this worksheet will need access to the costs of operating the present recycling
program, along with the estimated costs for the proposed recycling program using the baler. The
first section of the worksheet deals with current annual costs to recycle including rental fees for
recycling containers, transportation costs for recyclables, and the processing fee for recyclables.
In some cases, the facility may not have rental or processing recycling fees, therefore place a
zero in the appropriate box. A row has been provided for “Other” recycling or baling costs not
included in the worksheet.
The second section of this worksheet deals with the costs necessary to add a baler to a facility.
Much of this cost may be paid over a period of time or prorated based upon the anticipated life
expectancy, for example, the cost of the equipment and building may be paid for by a ten or
twenty-year bond, therefore, the cost annually would be the principal and interest paid each year.
In some cases, you may already have a facility with a building suitable for housing a baler,
therefore that cost would be zero. The same applies to equipment and storage space.
Baling of recyclables reduces the volume and allows for easier handling and a greater amount to
be transported. Materials commonly baled are newspaper, mixed paper, office paper, magazines,
cardboard, aluminum cans, steel cans, t