A Brief Guide to Industrial Plastic Shredders

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Plastic shredders perform essential tasks; they can reduce the size of waste for recycling purposes, and process plastics for reuse. Any manufacturer plant that has zero-waste goals will want to invest in a plastic shredder machine. However, it’s important to note that not all shredders are created equal—commercial plastic shredders are designed to handle different types of plastics, and different models will feature varying speeds, cutter sizes, torque and specifications.

In this brief guide, we’ll cover the benefits of plastic shredding, as well as how to select the right plastic shredder for your application.

Let’s start by answering a common question that our team at JWC Environmental is often asked.

Can You Use a Wood Chipper to Shred Plastic?

Some people are tempted to put non-wood items like plastic into a wood chipper, but these machines are designed to process wood. While it’s possible to shred plastic using a wood chipper, it’s not advisable. Shards of hard plastic can fly out of the chipper causing injuries. And, plastic can jam the chipper, leading to machine damage or destruction. Ultimately, you should leave this type of task to a specialized plastic shredder machine.

The Benefits of Waste Management

There are many reasons why you should adopt waste management processes. They not only help to collectively create a cleaner and healthier future, but they also help manufacturers save money.

The main benefit of waste management is that it can help your business’s bottom line. You can bring in revenue by selling your recycled materials. And, if you purchase reused materials, you’ll also use less energy during production.

You may also be required to destroy outdated, defective, or discontinued products. If you’re in this situation, and still want to implement waste management practices, you can use a specialized product destruction shredding system. This type of system separates gels and liquids from plastic packaging before you shred or grind them. This protects your brand while protecting the environment.

If you already have waste management guidelines in place, and are just looking for the right type of plastic shredder—we’re here to help.

Selecting the Right Plastic Shredder

The type of plastic shredder you need depends on the type of waste your business produces or receives.

Shredders are designed to handle a wide variety of plastics, but it’s important to choose one that has the right specifications, power and cutter size.

For smaller jobs, like reducing specimen vials at labs or smaller plastic recyclables, a small industrial shredder like JWC Environmental’s 1-SHRED compact shredder can get the job done.

Mid-sized industrial shredders like 3-SHRED and 3-SHRED-2 can handle tougher solids and larger volumes. They can be optimized for your type of plastic waste with varying cutter configurations and materials. They can also be adapted with custom hoppers and stands. They come with options for varied cutting chamber lengths, and 5-10 horsepower (4 to 7.5 kilowatts) motors. JWC also carries a 4-SHRED-2 with strong shafts and many motor, hopper, shaft, and cutter material options.

If you’re handling hard plastics and high volumes of tough plastics, you’ll need the largest and most powerful heavy-duty shredder. Our 7-SHRED-2 has a two-shaft system with hardened steel cutters that delivers high torque at slower speeds. It’s our most powerful shredder, and it can be fully-customized to meet your needs.

Interested in Learning More? Contact JWC Environmental Today!

JWC Environmental can help you determine which shredder can best handle the plastics you need to process. We’re an industry-leading manufacturer of plastic shredders, and we can fully customize any model we carry to meet your unique needs. Whether you need to destroy products and packaging to protect your brand or you’re moving toward a zero-waste operation, we’re committed to helping you accomplish your goals.

Fill out our online form today to learn more about our solutions and to request a quote.

Monster Industrial Grinders Increase Gypsum Recycling Efficiency

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Increase Gypsum Recycling & Drywall Recycling Efficiency Today!

Do you have gypsum recycling problems? Do you find it difficult to recycle your gypsum waste? The United States manufactures nearly 15 million tons of drywall per year due to its high demand. Most of this drywall is being used for construction, however, a large percentage will inevitably become scrap material that needs to be discarded properly.  About 64 percent of drywall waste is generated from drywall construction and the number is growing.  Start drywall recycling today!

Drywall, also referred to as gypsum board, wallboard, plasterboard, gypboard or rock can produce a toxic gas known as Hydrogen Sulfide if not disposed of properly.  In high concentrations (~1,000 parts per million), Hydrogen Sulfide has a foul rotten-egg odor and produces harmful effects on the environment. Over the past few years, landfills have been cracking down on restrictions when it comes to the handling of gypsum due to its toxic gas, making it increasingly hard for businesses in the industry to get rid of their unwanted gypsum waste.

Most gypsum manufacturers have large piles of gypsum waste outside of their factories and don’t know how to recycle it.  The traditional way to recycle drywall is separating the gypsum from its backing by using a hammer mill or a NORBA crusher in conjunction with sieves, which is costly and generates a high proportion of dust. Recycling drywall at a reasonable price will produce substantial savings for gypsum manufacturers, builders, contractors, local governments and much more, along with helping the environment!

With over 40 years of experience in industrial industries and extensive knowledge in manufacturing grinders, JWC engineered a grinder that could take on gypsum recycling. Our Monster Industrial 7-SHRED can help factories reuse waste by grinding up the gypsum, allowing it to be recycled and manufactured back into new drywall.  Whether the gypsum is wet or dry or has debris mixed in, our Monster Industrial Grinders can destroy and demolish any substance that gets in its way! The 7-SHRED is JWC Environmental’s largest and most powerful industrial grinder that rotates at a slow speed and creates high torque, making for one powerful piece of equipment.  Its automated monitoring and control system reduces interrupts and enhances grinding and overall performance, improving process efficiency.

Watch this video to see how JWC Environmental’s 7-SHRED destroys large sheets of drywall and turns them into small pieces, preparing to process the waste into new gypsum board. The Monster Industrial Grinder is the perfect solution for any heavy duty shredding or bulk substance disposal needs.

It’s time to start recycling your gypsum waste and replace your outdated crusher equipment – install your gypsum board recycling grinder and start saving today!

The Zero Waste Monster in Action

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Watch how the New ZWM, a food waste recycling machine, separates and depackages food waste for a popular chain!

The Zero Waste Monster, a food waste recycling machine uses the combination of a two-shafted grinder, helical screw, perforated screen and a compaction zone to separate liquids and solids waste.  Incoming product or solids are shredded into smaller pieces creating additional surface area making washing and separation of liquids from solids much more effective.  As an example, expired food packaging can be shredded and the contents separated from the package.  The food contents are safely sent to the wastewater system while the cleaned metal packaging can be recycled.  The ZWM depackages food waste making recycling a breeze!

Read our FAQ on the ZWM’s depackaging capabilities.