Shredding Your Costs

Waste processing and disposal is all about using space and time efficiently. The less space waste occupies, the more you can haul in one load or hold in your landfill. The less time it takes to process waste, the more efficient your operation.

Whether you need to process tires, construction and demolition (C&D) debris, glass, plastic or paper, a shredder can be a cost-effective way to reduce material volume and increase profitability.

This is especially true now that shredders are used for wider applications and in harsher environments.

"Over the past decade we have watched shredders migrate from isolated pieces of equipment processing distinctive applications to machinery integrated into larger systems that convert material from one form to another," says Chris Nichols, senior engineer at SSI Shredding Systems Inc., Wilsonville, Ore. "For example, today, shredders help transform industrial waste into fuel, which feeds cement kilns and incinerators, in an effort to gain more constant burning temperatures for maximum processing with low air emission levels."

Recently, Waste Age surveyed shredder manufacturers to find a sampling of products that are available.

Allegheny Paper Shredders Corp., Delmont, Pa., manufactures high-volume paper shredders and shredding systems for mobile or centralized operations. Capacities range from 750 pounds to 10 tons of paper per hour.

American Pulverizer Co., St. Louis, offers a line of portable and stationary direct electric and electric hydraulic- powered shear-type shredders. The machines can handle municipal solid waste, hazardous waste, C&D waste, 55-gallon drums, passenger and truck tires, plastic, and ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal. A variety of cutter thicknesses and hook configurations are available. Machines also are available with infeed and takeaway conveyors.

Ameri-Shred Corp., Monroeville, Pa., offers paper shredders for document destruction and recycling, ranging from 11/42-horsepower (hp) heavy duty office machines to 200 hp heavy duty industrial machines. Cross cut shredders are available for high-security document destruction ,and truck-mounted shredders are available for onsite shredding. All models are available with different shred widths.

BOA Systems USA LLC, Hendersonville, N.C., offers the Boardhino shredder for reducing bundled newspaper, magazines, tubes, corrugated containers and small bales. Available in four sizes, the shredder has manganese steel hammers.

Columbus McKinnon Corp., Sarasota, Fla., offers a low-speed, high-torque tire shredder capable of processing 1,000 passenger tires or 200 truck tires per hour. The company also offers a line of chippers and classification systems.

Diamond Z Manufacturing, Nampa, Idaho, offers the Diamond Z Model 1463B-T portable shredder for scrap tires. Using twin Caterpillar, Peoria, Ill., engines and up to 1,980 hp, the machine can reduce tires - including automotive and truck tires - up to 10 feet in diameter.

Four Corp., Green Bay, Wis., features new and rebuilt shredder blades, spacers, fingers and entire machines. Edges are rebuilt using a hard wire robotic welding process.

Franklin Miller Inc., Livingston, N.J., manufactures the Taskmaster, a low-speed, high-torque shredder. The counter rotating shredder mechanism reduces corrugated packaging, crates, skids, drums, etc., by 80 percent. It also includes a granulator for plastic scrap recycling.

Garb-Oil and Power Corp., Salt Lake City, manufactures scrap tire shredders from 200 hp to 5,000 hp, capable of shredding from 1,000 to 5,000 tires per hour.

Granutech-Saturn Systems Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas, manufactures Saturn Shredders in more than 12 models and sizes with power ratings in excess of 1,000 hp. These shredders are designed for plastics (film and hard scrap), wood waste, scrap tires, electronic scrap, cable and wire, nonferrous metals, and more.

Industrial Paper Shredders, Salem, Ohio, manufactures and distributes 39 different shredders, including special application and industrial shredders. The KnifeMill shredder, including crushers and cross-cut shredders, will reduce waste paper and corrugated cardboard, shredding up to 6,000 pounds per hour. The shredder's configuration allows waste to be blown into a baler, onto a conveyor belt or into a hopper.

Magnatech Engineering Inc., St. Charles, Mo., manufactures a line of recycling shredders, including mechanical and hydraulic rotary shear shredders, hammermills, rolling ring crushers, and pierce and tear machines for paper and wood. The company also offers custom-made items for glass, plastics, medical waste, etc.

McDonald Services Inc., Charlotte, N.C., manufactures slow-speed pierce and rip shredders, and high-speed shredders for pre-conditioning high grades prior to baling. The company's pierce and rip shredders handle mill cores, scrap tubes and old corrugated cardboard. The high-speed shredders handle those materials plus paper. Optional equipment for both includes a water mister, free-standing shredder stand, top conveyor receiving hopper and photo cell for infeed conveyor control.

Miller Manufacturing, Turlock, Calif., manufactures shredders to process cans, glass, plastic, wood and other recyclables. The company's line of aluminum can shredders includes six models capable of processing 500 pounds to 8,000 pounds per hour.

Newell Industries, San Antonio, Texas, manufactures scrap and solid waste shredders, ranging in size from 500 hp to 6,000 hp. The 98104 Super Heavy Duty (SHD) Shredder is equipped with a 36/60 super double feed roller. Newell also manufactures the Megashredder.

Shred-Tech, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, recently introduced three new product lines. The ESR6000 System can process 3 tons per hour of electronic scrap, shredding and separating individual product components such as copper, steel and aluminum. The Carpet Recycling System is designed to reclaim nylon from post-consumer and commercial carpet. The ST-100HX Roll-Off Shredder is a self-contained, transportable system that processes tires, metal drums, municipal and industrial waste, etc.

Shred-Vac Systems, Grass Valley, Calif., manufactures field and curbside usable vacuum and/or top-feed collector/shredders that reduce and mulch greenwaste 50 percent to 90 percent. The machines also can apply large particle mulches and other soil amendments more than 400 feet from the unit.

SSI Shredding Systems Inc., Wilsonville, Ore., produces one-, two- and four-shaft shredders. Fully integrated controls and material handling systems complement the shredders. The company's stationary and mobile equipment ranges from 5 hp to 1,000 hp and features field-convertible electric or hydraulic drives.

Svedala Industries Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, recently introduced the Svedala 60, 80, 100 and 120 line of shredders featuring two-piece front wall castings, top grates, bolted sections in primary wear areas and self-supporting bottom grates. The Svedala 100 model also is designed to accept most American rotors.