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Feed material consistently into baler

What is your product?

Riverside Waste Machinery’s RWM HZ 50T semi-automatic horizontal baler.

How does it work?

When materials are fed into the hopper, ‘magic eyes’ automatically start the compaction cycle. Further recyclates can be added as the original materials are being pressed, enabling a consistent feed. Any oversized materials are cut by a shear blade to ensure the baler’s operation remains undisrupted.

The machine will automatically detect when the bale is full, allowing an operator to tie and eject it – the only manual element of the process.

Where would it ideally be used?

In manufacturing, recycling and reprocessing facilities that handle medium to large volumes of cardboard, paper or plastic film packaging waste.

How is it different?

With a vertical baler, an operator must manually lift and feed materials into the machine through a front-facing door. But materials can be fed consistently into the HZ 50T by a conveyor, 1,100-litre wheelie bin lifter, mechanically with a bucket or grab, or manually. It has up to four times more throughput capacity than a vertical press.

It has also been designed to provide a cost-effective solution for companies handling large volumes of standard packaging materials rather than complex recyclates such as semi-rigid plastics. Organisations no longer have to invest in technology with more pressing force than they require.

Furthermore, the RWM HZ 50T runs on oil-impregnated nylon blocks rather than roller bearing systems which require regular greasing and are susceptible to water ingress. Less maintenance equates to greater uptime, and it is ideal for outdoor operation, if required.

What benefits does it offer?

This is an intuitive technology designed to facilitate efficient waste handling and generate an additional revenue stream from the sale of baled recyclates. The continual processing of materials is around four times quicker and more efficient than that of a comparable vertical mill- size baler. It can take only 15 minutes to produce a 500kg bale rather than a typical hour. And with a variety of material in-feed options, operator involvement is minimal, which frees up time to undertake other tasks.

An adjustable bale length setting means an 1,100-1,500mm bale size can be achieved, to suit market requirements and maximise transportation.

Where has it been used?

Mainly by manufacturers producing packaging waste and by reprocessors who have collected packaging from local businesses.


In terms of capital investment, this is the most cost-effective semi-automatic baler in Riverside’s range. It offers great quality and value for a machine that is comparable in cost to some refurbished machines in the marketplace.            

Any savings?

The HZ 50T provides a medium- high capacity solution for companies that do not require a more expensive baling press with a greater specification. This means customers can benefit financially by investing in technology better suited to their needs.

For companies upgrading from a vertical baler, the HZ 50T can achieve significant time savings and operational efficiencies. This press requires less upkeep than a roller bearing-based machine.

What is its life span?

If used within the manufacturer’s guidelines, and with annual servicing and any necessary maintenance, a customer could far exceed the minimum 10-year lifespan for such a technology.

How is it future-proofed?

As the economic climate continues to recover and businesses flourish, packaging waste levels may rise. The HZ 50T therefore provides a cost-effective way to keep facilities tidy and develop a responsible and compliant waste management process from which baled recyclables can be sold.

Any future applications?

While mainly used to handle cardboard packaging waste, this flexible technology can easily produce paper and plastic film bales. It is safer, more compliant and more efficient than many old models on the market, so offers a cost-effective way to upgrade.

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