New Mobile Bailing Solution Reduces the Risk of Landfill Fires

Each year, there are around 50 reported incidents of landfill fires in the Netherlands, causing huge environmental and financial damage. Recently, several European manufacturers along with local earthmoving company, Oosterveld, have collaborated to develop a unique waste compaction solution to help prevent these fires igniting.


Oosterveld approached Avermann (Netherlands) to find a solution that would improve fire safety and space at a customer’s landfill site in Twence. They joined forces with waste compaction experts, CK International and Finnish-based, Cross Wrap to develop a unique mobile baling system and conveyor - offering the customer greater flexibility.  CK International used their automatic twin ram as the base for this new product and in order to have an integrated plastic wrapping system, Cross Wrap customised their unit, also making it mobile.

With such a highly experienced team of manufacturers collaborating together, the end result was a mobile turnkey solution for on-site baling and wrapping which can be dismantled and set up on-site within a day.


Frank Oosterveld, Owner of Oosterveld explains, “One of our clients requested a baling solution that would improve fire safety and save space at their landfill site. Along with Avermann and CK International, we developed a mobile solution which would not only solve these problems but would also give them the flexibility to move the machine around the landfill site. Having the ability to bale on-site helps them reduce environmental and odour nuisance and gives them a neater environment.”


The most common cause of landfill fires is an increase in the oxygen content of the landfill. This oxygen increases bacterial activity and in turn raises the temperatures. Waste compaction and wrapping ensures the bales are fully enclosed and tight, significantly reducing the oxygen in the waste.  When investing in equipment such as this mobile baler, the financial benefits soon outweigh the potential costs of trying to control a fire and the extortionate insurance costs which ultimately follow should a fire occur.


Wouter van der Pool, sale and application engineer at Avermann Netherlands explains, “In the last few years we have become an expert in baling and wrapping RDF type materials. During our discussions with many interested customers we became aware of the issues of landfill fires and have found a unique way to combat these problems.  We have a direct wrapping system, twin ram balers and big conveyors which we have integrated into one turnkey, off the shelf solution.  With the help of our partners at CK International and Crosswrap we adapted this into a mobile unit for Oosterfeld who is baling 200-300 tonnes of landfilled RDF waste per day and is very happy with the final outcome”


Gareth McCullagh, Engineering Manager at, Northern Irish-based, CK International says, “This mobile version certainly has the end-user in mind. Automation and simplicity were key factors when developing the machine. It is fully integrated with a mobile conveyor and CrossWrap direct wrapper and also has options for wire tying or plastic strapping systems. It is fully kitted out with access ladders, walkways and handrails, so it’s a full turnkey solution for any customer. With the mounted ejector ram on the rear of the main body, transport is made much easier.”


Ville-Pekka Parkkinen, Sales Manager of Cross Wrap says, “We are happy to be part of this project with our CW Direct Wrapper, as it is a great example of a fine and helpful business idea that helps to create difficult waste material handling more simple, effective and safe. Especially as it is a mobile unit that broadens the usage and possibilities even more.”


For further information:

Marie-Claire O’Hagan

Marketing Manager

CK International Ltd

028 8775 3966

075 0362 5168




About CK International Ltd

CK International have grown to become a leading supplier of waste compaction equipment in the UK and throughout Europe. This is a testament to the quality balers and compactors they supply, the knowledge and expertise within the team and the customer focused approach. Established in 1996 and based in Dungannon, N. Ireland, the team has grown to over 75 employees.



About Avermann

Avermann – for more than 70 years a traditional family-owned company located in Osnabrück. Reliability, solidity, and partnership play an important role in our social attitude. By combining economic potential and expertise, we develop plants and machinery that are unique in terms of technology and quality.


About Cross Wrap Oy

Cross Wrap´s mission is to help companies around the world to operate smarter when it comes to bale or package handling, wrapping, opening, or dewiring. Altogether the company thrives on engineering machines and solutions that change whole industries working methods and processes to become smarter, safer, and more productive.

The global customer base, 500 installed Cross Wrap machines in 55 countries and over 95 million Crosswrapped bales and finished-product packages are the proof of our technology and first-class service.