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A shredder is a machine or equipment used for shredding. Shredding systems are used to reduce the size of a given material. Shredder is “a device used for shredding documents as a security measure to prevent identity theft,” shredders can be of many types based on the material being processed. Shredding systems are typically employed for size reduction of a given material. A shredder is mostly defined as a device for shredding documents but there are many types of shredders based on the material that needs to be processed.

There are shredders designed to support material reduction across a range of recycling applications, including plastic recycling, scrap metal, e-waste recycling, wood recycling, and tire-shredding or recycling. 

The shredding process produces raw material to be re-introduced into manufacturing, as well as finished products such as landscape mulch. Various terminology is used to describe size reduction equipment, including grinders, chippers, granulators and hammer mills. Overall, their main function is to reduce the size of a given material. 

In waste management, industrial shredders for waste products play a very crucial role. The benefits of using mega-shredders in large-scale waste disposal systems recycling centers and municipal landfills are related to material reduction. Asphalt, rubber, wood, plastics and similar materials can be quickly condensed to a mere fraction of their original size. Also of note, the bio-degradable waste decomposes faster when shredded. If properly shredded, the materials that are buried in landfills take much less space.

        Shredder features include

  • Single, dual-shaft, or quad-shaft models are available to meet your application requirements
  • Drives from 50HP to 1,250HP
  • Screens or magnets can be used to separate materials after shredding
  • Additionally, Saturn grinder and granulators can be integrated if further sizing is needed