Shredders- Best Practices and Considerations: Waste Shredders
If you start a waste shredding operation make sure that you purchase the right equipment, which will output the best clean cut and quality cuts for your secondary use. Look for equipment that can provide consistency in its material output day to day.
Jon Maly (Waste Advantadge)
Industrial shredders are a critical piece to any recycling process whether you are processing wood, plastics, rubber or even furniture. They are typically the first component to any successful recycling operation. Shredders output valuable material for further use while serving as a solution for general waste reduction of total waste stored in many landfills.
Recyclers who need a new revenue stream, sell processed shreds in various sizes to generate revenue. Specifically for the rubber industry, remanufacturing a better secondary product out of recycled rubber has grown in demand in recent years. Recycling companies can take advantage of these emerging markets by choosing the right shredding equipment with the latest technology and support for their application.
Selecting the Right Shredder
While there are many types of shredders, some are more common than others. Many feature either a single or double shaft with sharp cutting knives. Some units feature up to four cutting shafts with blades that can process larger items. Other models are built for specific applications, which require a particular RPM, torque or cut in order to process the material effectively. Here are a few suggestions on how to select the right shredder for your application:
- Input/Output/Capacity—Knowing what material and how much of it you are planning on processing will help determine the size and model of your shredder. Many shredders can accommodate the toughest of materials, but it may take longer to processes these items.
- Operational—Safety, noise, ease of use and perhaps mobility should all be operational considerations. Large shredders are difficult to move, but if you need to, make sure you can do so without affecting your processing line. Consider local codes and regulations for safety and noise issues.
- Maintenance—A great deal of wear and tear on even the toughest shredders do occur under normal use. Consider cost of repairs, upkeep and availability of spare parts with any shredder unit.
- Manufacturer Support—Nothing says support like receiving assistance during an operational issue. Find a manufacturer that has a full support staff and multiple points of contact in case an issue does occur with your shredder.
Some Additional Considerations
Below are some additional things to consider when operating your waste shredder:
- Does the shredder meet your capacity requirement? Don’t overload or place materials into the cutting area that aren’t appropriate for your shredder’s intended use.
- What are the general maintenance requirements and frequency of suggested upkeep? Make sure you follow the suggested maintenance schedule from your shredder manufacturer.
- Consider the surroundings of your shredder and place it in an area where it can perform efficiently and be clear of obstacles or hazards.
- Be familiar with the shredder manufacturer warranty.
Fulfill Your Demand
Make sure if you start a waste shredding operation that you purchase the right equipment which will output the best clean cut and quality cuts for your secondary use. Look for equipment that can provide consistency in its material output day to day with a superior warranty offer from the manufacturer. This will provide processors the ability to be profitable and fulfill the demand of their buyers while having piece of mind of operating reliable and quality equipment.
Jon Maly is the North America Sales Manager for ECO Green Equipment (Salt Lake City, UT). Eco Green Equipment is a leading tire recycling equipment company specializing in turn-key tire recycling plant design, engineering and technology. ECO Green manufacturers, assembles and warranties the full line of profitable equipment systems for rubber recycling globally. For more information, call (801) 505-6841 or firstname.lastname@example.org.