Shredding municipal solid waste

Nearly 260 million tons of MSW is generated in the US annually, of which approximately 53% ends up in landfills. Of the remaining waste, approximately13% is used for energy production and the remaining amount is then recycled.

One way to reduce the amount of waste heading to the landfill is to increase Waste to Energy use. Our reliable and efficient waste shredders are specifically designed for this demanding task.

Find the right shredder

Find the right shredder

Our municipal solid waste shredders


characteristics and challenges

Nearly 1,000 lbs. of waste is generated per capita annually. In many places, recyclable materials are not separated from non-recyclables, which are then disposed of as residual waste.  This material is usually destined for the landfill, possibly the worst waste disposal method currently in use.

The aim is to create more valuable uses for this residual material, which can consist of household and commercial wastes.


Mechanical and biological waste treatment for substitute fuel and anaerobic digestion

Residual waste goes through several steps to extract the useful components.

  • First, any large or unshreddable items must be removed from the waste stream.

  • Bagged trash must be opened, either by a preshredder or a bag opener, ensuring that material is loose enough and correctly sized for efficient separation.

  • Fine materials, such as glass, sand, and small stones, are then screened out of the waste stream.

  • Ferrous materials are pulled via magnet, and nonferrous materials like aluminum are removed with the aid of an eddy current separator.

  • The remaining fraction, primarily materials with high energy value, is shredded into consistently sized substitute fuel for power generation. Organic materials can be screened out and processed into biogas via anaerobic digestion.


The solution

Our purpose-built waste shredders are optimized for this application. Their low speed, high torque, and robust construction allow them to produce a very consistent, high-quality granulate while at the same time being resistant to tough and unshreddable items.

XR class shredders have proven themselves time and again in substitute fuel processing and can be used as both pre- and secondary shredders in a two-stage process or configured for single stage use.

Additional applications

Additional applications

Discover our full range of applications

Metal shredding is a necessary step in the recycling process, independent of whether your scrap metal comes from the metal-processing industry, the automotive industry, the electrical industry or the waste industry.


Scrap plastic can be recovered and reused by shredding, washing, and final size reduction to produce material suitable for recycling, reuse, or alternative fuel.

Bulky waste

Bulky waste contains many different and valuable resources which can be liberated and separated from the waste with the proper shredding technology.

Bulky waste

Due to their varying material structure, mattresses are difficult to shred and/or recycle. Which is why they are often simply thrown away rather than being put to any further profitable use.

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