Nell Zhoie May 9, 2018

Are we recycling enough? Nowadays, thanks to the development of recycling technology we can just about recycle anything – and if we do – it makes a big difference.

To achieve proper management of the waste we generate, it is necessary to have machinery for efficient recycling, saving time and costs in such management.

For this, there are different companies in the market that offer this type of machinery. We can find machines like roto-compactors, vertical presses and horizontal presses, and compactors, as well as picking stations, among others.


These recycling machines make it possible to almost automatically compact cardboard, cardboard boxes, film-type plastic or sacks quickly. Its dimensions are compact, so it can be installed, for example, in the interior of a warehouse or close to waste production areas. The acoustic impact it produces is reduced and allows a high return on investment.

Its level of productivity is high, being able to produce between 5000 and 35,000kg of material approximately.

They are simple recycling machines to use, so it does not require extensive training to learn how to use them.

These are the main advantages of using a roto-compactor:

  • Autonomous
  • Continuous loading
  • Great power
  • High investment return
  • Silent functioning
  • Not bulky

Recycling presses

Presses are one of the most used machines to recycle all types of waste. They allow the reduction of the size of waste items, for later processing in some cases.

There are different types of presses:

Vertical presses

On the one hand, there are vertical presses that stand out for their low cost, small dimensions, low sound level, low energy consumption and for being able to be installed indoors. Its productivity is lower than machines like the retro-compactor, but they get an average return on investment.

At the same time, we find many types of vertical presses, such as multi-box, vertical presses for cans, garbage presses, etc.

Horizontal presses

Horizontal recycling presses are bulkier than vertical presses, as a rule, but they offer higher productivity, which is around 5,000-10,000kg per month of recycled material. They range from static waste presses to continuous feed presses which offer greater profitability.


Compactors are larger recycling machines. They allow greater productivity and a higher return on investment. They allow recycling a large number of plastics and cartons. We also find here automatic machines such as auto-compactors, and static machines such as screw or high-performance compactors. Some of these systems allow the recycling of organic waste unlike the machines previously mentioned.

In the market, there are also many types of recycling machinery specific to certain materials, such as machines for recycling wiring or recycling machines for oils and all types of liquid waste.