Catawba Free Jam baler installed in North Carolina

Green Life Waste Solutions in Burlington, North Carolina, adds safety-conscious two-ram baler.


Green Life Waste Solutions LLC, Burlington, North Carolina, has installed a Gold Rush model “free jam two-ram” baler designed and made by Catawba Baler & Equipment (CB&E), based in Greensboro, North Carolina.

According to a CB&E news release, Green Life had been running a single-ram baler at maximum capacity, and workers had to stop production to clear material jams four to five times each day.

The situation did not sit well with Justin and Wayne Moody, co-owners of Green Life.

“Safety is one of our largest concerns,” says Justin Moody. “People have to go inside the baler to clear a jam, and we read about workers getting hurt doing this.”

One of the people frequently entering the chamber to clear jams in the single-ram baler was Justin’s brother, Wayne.

The Moody brothers worked with CB&E and its president Mark McDonald to help find a solution to address its productivity issues and the safety issue.

McDonald says CB&E’s new Gold Rush two-ram baler with its optional, patent-pending Free Jam automatic jam-release technology provided the answer.

“We designed our exclusive Free Jam technology specifically so workers wouldn’t have to enter the charge chamber to clear a jam,” says McDonald. “Sadly, people have been injured and killed doing this.”

Justin says, “We bought CB&E’s Gold Rush baler specifically for the Free Jam door.”

Green Life Waste took delivery of its new two-ram baler with automatic jam-release technology in mid-June 2015. In a matter of days, CB&E says Green Life started to efficiently bale not only cardboard but also plastic bottles, newspapers, heavy print paper and shrink film, significantly expanding the type of material the company can safely and efficiently process.

“We don’t purposely jam the baler,” says Wayne. “[But] if it does jam, we just push a button, and in five minutes we are back working.”

The company previously produced 300 tons of cardboard per month with its old baler. Today, the Moody brothers say they are processing that amount in just over a week using less labor. “We run most materials through on the baler’s automatic feed setting, which reduces labor, and we do so without the stress of being down for a half-day to clear a jam,” says Justin Moody.

“We also equipped the baler with its closed-door option, which allows us to switch from processing cardboard to plastic to newspaper in a matter of minutes,” says Wayne.

Justin adds, “We are getting a heavier bale weight with the Gold Rush, which will enable us to enter the export market and get approximately $15 more per bale.”