Brief Guide to Industrial Waste Processing & Shredding

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The average U.S. citizen produces more than 4.4 pounds of waste per day. This is relatively small compared to what big industries and mass production companies generate. The EPA reported in the 1990s that manufacturing companies contributed to 265 million tons of waste, a number that continues to rise.

The amount of produced waste doesn’t have to increase. In fact, companies like JWC Environmental continue to find newer and better solutions to help industrial companies reduce their waste output.

In this article, our experts at JWC describe the three major types of waste and highlight the most effective industrial waste processing solutions.

Types of Industrial Waste

Any solid, liquid, or gaseous residual matter stemming from industrial activity qualifies as industrial waste. Although industrial waste can be classified as hazardous or non-hazardous, both classes of waste can cause significant damage to the environment. Below are the common types of industrial waste.

Solid Waste

Industrial solid waste includes different materials like scrap metals, plastic, wood, paper, packaging material, and cardboard. Depending on the nature of these materials, industries can recycle them to help minimize waste and resources. Solid waste can be generated by manufacturing processes like:

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Food and beverage
  • Consumer packaged goods

Our industrial waste shredders can handle all types of solid waste produced by general manufacturing, food processing, and more.

Toxic Waste

Toxic waste is usually a byproduct of other materials generated in hospitals, factories, and manufacturing facilities. Any hazardous waste can cause harm to humans, animals, and plants by contaminating waterways like rivers. JWC Environmental’s 4-SHRED-2 waste grinder is particularly useful in reducing hazardous waste.

Chemical Waste

Chemical waste is any waste material that contains harmful chemicals. For chemical waste to be hazardous, it must be toxic, ignitable, corrosive, or reactive according to parameters set by the EPA. JWC carries specialized industrial waste shredders like our 3-HYDRO & 4-HYDRO in-line grinders that are specially designed for chemical plants as well as oil and gas refineries.

Shredder Applications

At JWC Environmental, we provide innovative industrial waste processing solutions to critical challenges. Our products can help you streamline operations, reduce waste, and prevent equipment damage. Some of the industries that can benefit from our industrial waste management products include:

  • Agricultural Waste
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Digestion & Biogas
  • Facility Management
  • Food & Beverage Processing
  • Fruit & Vegetable Processing
  • General Manufacturing
  • Food Waste Management
  • Hemp Oil Extraction
  • Marijuana Plant Waste
  • Meat Processing
  • Oil, Gas, & Energy
  • Pet Food Processing
  • Poultry Processing
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Recycling & Product Destruction
  • Seafood Processing
  • Septage & Grease Receiving

Have Questions? Contact JWC Environmental Today!

JWC Environmental is proud to provide one-of-a-kind waste shredding and product destruction solutions. Having been in the industry for over 45 years, we understand the unique challenges that you face. If you have questions about our industrial waste processing products, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

A Brief Guide to Industrial Plastic Shredders

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JWCE WC 3 & 4 SHRED machines next to each other with text "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle"

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.

New Massive Monster: 7-SHRED Grinder Added to Monster Industrial Lineup

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New industrial grinder combines industry-leading technology, massive shredding power and is ready to ship within four weeks

The new 7-SHRED industrial grinder from JWC Environmental is the largest, most powerful shredder in the Monster Industrial lineup and expertly suited for the toughest waste grinding applications. The versatile 7-SHRED grinder can be quickly configured in a variety of sizes with cutter and motor options tailored to meet customers’ exact waste reduction requirements.

We developed the 7-SHRED so customers with challenging industrial shredding needs would have a reliable, high throughput and cost-effective solution at the ready,” said Kevin Bates, global marketing director for JWC Environmental. “The unit was designed to have the most commonly required features available for shipment in just four weeks or less.”

The 7-SHRED is packed with power — sporting up to a 100 hp drive motor and 29:1 cycloidal reducer to turn the hardened steel dual cutting shafts. The 28,000 ft./lb. of available torque can produce forces up to 69,000 lb. of force at the cutting tips. This gives the machine the strength to grind up to 1,000 ft3/hour of waste and grind through even the toughest debris.

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Market Summary: Monster Food Waste Shredders

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Food Waste Solutions? Monster Shredders

The SHRED dual-shafted grinders can turn food waste into a resource. This diagram shows how wastewater treatment plants can turn food waste scraps into fuel for their digesters and burn the resulting biogas for energy.

It’s amazing the places where Monster grinders show-up – can you believe Monsters go to work everyday at food processing facilities, slaughterhouses, large food kitchens and even on-board large seafood processing ships? You bet, Monster Shredders love to dine on whatever you discard – bones, food scraps, fish waste, spoiled food, out-of-spec packaged food and more. This makes them the #1 answer for Food Waste Solutions in the industry.

Monster Shredders come in three sizes – models 3, 4 or 7-SHRED. Their sharp steel cutter teeth turn large bulky food waste into tiny particles that can be turned into compost, fertilizer, anaerobic digester fuel or some other useful resource.

We’ve gathered our best food waste grinding stories and videos, check them out:

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Seafood Processor Tackles Tough Alaskan Ocean

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Fish Grinders Significantly Improve Compliance with Wastewater Discharge Standards for Seafood Processor

Cordova, AK – The seafood processor, Norquest Seafoods Inc. reports significantly improved compliance with wastewater discharge standards through installation of special Monster Industrial fish grinders. They also note easier operation, lowered power requirement, reduced maintenance, and enhanced safety for marine waste handling.

The Monster fish grinders, designed and manufactured by JWC Environmental in Santa Ana, CA, were provided locally by APSCO Inc. of Kirkland, WA.

“We’re required to grind remains, such as fish heads, to particles with diameters of ½” (12mm) or less before we can discharge them into Alaskan waters,” noted Lee Murrell II, now manager at the Cordova plant.

The dual-shafted Monster Industrial fish grinders shred a wider variety of solids than single-shafted machines, while its low-speed operation results in higher torque, lower power requirements and fewer interrupts. Its special cutter teeth and configuration were developed specifically for fish remains processing.  It also ended the problems the seafood processor had with the single shafted machine, such as clogging, overflowing and having to be reversed to clear them.  Norquest Seafoods has been so impressed with the Monster Industrial fish grinders that they have now installed them company-wide!

Monster Industrial SHRED Series of grinders effectively reduce particle size of wood, plastics, rocks, nuts, bolts, wire, sludge, and other foreign material that would otherwise foul, clog or damage waste stream and process equipment, typically reducing the handling costs associated with solids removal.  The Monster Industrial grinders adapt to most applications with little or no modification to piping, channel, or power, and offer high-pressure – 90 psi (6 bars) capability, with no seal flush required and no packing gland to adjust.

Read more on how this major seafood processor installed the Monster Industrial 4-SHRED & improved compliance with wastewater discharge standards.

Contact our experts today so JWC Environmental can help you comply with wastewater discharge standards!

Choosing Between Single & Dual-Shafted Food Waste and Trash Grinders

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The difference between single and dual-shafted wastewater/food waste grinders is that dual-shafted food waste grinders are able to process larger volumes of a wider range of solid waste materials. Dual-shafted food waste grinders that are low-speed and high torque are the clear choice for many industries putting out large amounts of waste on a daily basis, such as petroleum, wastewater, agriculture, food processing, manufacturing, ship food waste and MARPOL compliance, e-waste destruction and more.

However, not everyone needs a food waste grinder capable of shredding everything from rags, rocks, and wood to clothing, plastics and other debris. Sometimes a single-shafted food waste grinder is enough to meet the desired outcomes people have. Here are the five questions you must ask yourself before choosing a food waste grinder:

1. What types of waste materials are you processing?

Different grinders have different grinding capabilities. And so, it’s important that you understand exactly which waste materials you are looking to reduce and find a grinder that is capable of grinding that material. Whether it is industrial waste or municipal waste, there is a commercial food waste disposer and trash grinder that is right for the job, just make sure you are choosing one that is capable of doing the job you desire.

2. How do you want those waste materials processed?

Another important aspect to consider is what you want the end result to be after the waste is put through the food waste grinder. Do you want primarily to have a more compact amount of waste to dispose of? Is odor a concern? Do you want a grinder with a compactor integrated so that it squeezes out all excess water, and the solid dry waste is deposited into a garbage can? The options are endless.

3. What levels of capacity are you looking for in a food waste grinder?

Depending on where the grinder is going to be used, the desired capacity of a food waste grinder may be different for different needs. Whether you’re looking to put one in for a college foodservice kitchen or a large food producer, there is a food waste grinder out there that will have the capacity you are looking for.

4. How will the food waste get to the food waste grinder?

Is someone going to be manually feeding the food waste into the grinder? Will the food waste grinder be attached to an internal pipe and so automatically get fed waste to process? Understanding where exactly the grinder is needed and whether or not you will have someone managing/monitoring it, is very important.

5. Who will be in charge of maintenance?

Once you procure a food waste grinder you will be responsible for keeping the machine functioning and properly maintained. Not all food waste grinders require someone manually operating them, however, most food waste grinders do require some level of maintenance on a regular basis. So, before you buy a food waste grinder, make sure you either have someone on-site who can manage the machine, or you pick a provider who offers ongoing maintenance assistance.

As you may know, the first-ever dual-shafted wastewater grinder was invented by JCWE founders Joseph and Woodie Chambers back in 1973 (eventually it was given the name Muffin Monster).  Wastewater grinding technologies have only improved over the past few decades, making it so there is a wastewater grinder for almost every waste-reducing need of today.