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Waste Paper Handling : Chuck the Gaylord

October 2009 By Erik Cagle
Senior Editor
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THE NICEST thing about Gaylord boxes...well, there are many. They cost next to nothing. Relative to the other beasts in your shop, they take up hardly any room. You don't have to plug them in, so they don't boost your electric bill. Yes, it's high time the Gaylord got its due.

Besides, in an economy like the one we're still experiencing—and considering the George Washington hand-holding that's naturally taking place among the bean counters—an argument can be made that even a moderately inelegant scrap paper recycling setup is preferred over the investment required to install a properly configured removal and recycling system. But is that actually the case?

There are those who would counter that you won't get nearly the same return on investment with loose paper as you would with baled. Further, that difference in ROI would virtually pay for the installation of the system in short order. Lastly, avoiding a necessary investment due to state of the economy can be dangerously short-sighted. Gaylords and other home remedy systems represent Band-Aids. When your plant is humming along with work, the last thing you need is a stack of boxes piling up, breaking and requiring attention. You're better off with an automated system.

Tips From the Pros

We've surveyed a number of paper removal and recycling system installers, as well as companies who manufacture shredder and baler components. They're not here to sell you their systems—OK, well they are, in a sense—but what they really want to do is sell you on the idea of ditching the Gaylord boxes, or taking them home and letting the kids make forts out of them.

OK, so you're considering installing a scrap paper removal/recycling system. Outside of the paper volume that is generated, what other factors come into play?

Gregg Puhl, founder and CEO of the G.F. Puhl Cos., offers several items to bear in mind:

• Building codes. For above-roof/outside systems, city and county codes may restrict cyclone height, noise levels or the external appearance of your facility.

• Redundancy. Don't kill the backup systems in the name of saving money. Equipment redundancy is as important here as it is on the pressroom floor.

• Durability. A properly sized and engineered, heavy-duty system can move the tons of paper, and air, required to get the job done.



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