Waste wood and pallets

A sustainable resource. A wealth of opportunity

The intelligent re-use of wood is not a new phenomenon – as one of the world’s oldest materials, this sustainable resource has been recycled and/or repurposed for thousands of years. But the global wood processing landscape continues to change extensively.

.In the USA and Canada, pre-consumer wood waste has been virtually eliminated, but the level of wood debris in MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) and C&D (construction and demolition) streams, shows there is still room for improvement. There are at least 30 million tonnes of such recoverable material available in North America, per year, for example, which presents a wealth of untapped biomass opportunity for our nation.


But wood shredding, recycling and biomass production hasn’t always been trouble-free. Until now...

Speak to us about waste wood shredding
  • Why shred wood?

    Surplus, redundant and/or ‘waste’ wood can be salvaged and transformed into a variety of high-value resources including wood chip, biomass and briquettes.

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  • Why shred wood?

    By harnessing the resource potential of wood, ‘waste’ disposal costs (including those associated with fines) can be avoided – in fact wood shredding is often rich with revenue generating potential.

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  • Why shred wood?

    Invest in the right shredding technology, and the versatile machinery will be equipped to process wood and other waste streams, for maximum operational flexibility.

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  • How can UNTHA help you shred wood?

    We know the global wood market well and acknowledge its susceptibility to change. We’ve therefore worked hard to engineer high torque, slow speed shredders with utmost ease-of-configurability, to guarantee maximum application flexibility.

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  • How can UNTHA help you shred wood?

    Your shredding specification is our priority, from a defined G30 or P100 biomass specification, through to shavings for pet bedding! Talk to us about our quick-change cutter system.

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  • How can UNTHA help you shred wood?

    Depending on the material type/output specification, we can achieve throughputs of up to 45 tonnes per hour, with a high-grade P63 specification in a single pass. By investing in only one machine, that means half the capital expenditure of a dual-process line, and a far quicker payback period.

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  • How can UNTHA help you shred wood?

    We don’t just evaluate waste shredding performance in terms of throughputs – we also pride ourselves on our technology’s ability to achieve on-specification particle sizing, low fines, reduced fire risk, 60% better energy efficiency, low maintenance, impressive uptime, low noise, robust safety mechanisms and maximum margins. All of this with up to 80% increased yield on ferrous and non-ferrous material, which could pay for the machine in as little as 12 months!

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  • How can UNTHA help you shred wood?

    Thanks to our ultra-efficient electric drive, many clients power UNTHA’s wood shredders using self-generated energy, to minimize their net environmental impact and further save on operating costs.

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  • How can UNTHA help you shred MSW?

    We know seeing is believing, so we offer free trials at our North Yorkshire HQ, enabling you to test our wood shredders using your own materials.

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What waste wood can we shred?

Our range of waste wood shredders

  • This world-renowned machine has changed the face of biomass shredding throughout America and beyond, promising defined fraction sizing, low maintenance and uninterrupted shredding with minimum fuss.

  • Popular with operators who prefer to vary the location of their unit, from a fire safety and insurance perspective. Also easy to move around a site to handle different wood streams.

  • A maintenance-free machine with pusher technology for maximum yield and uptime when processing up to 100ft³ per hour.

  • The ideal compact shredder for low volume biomass production, capable of handling 40ft³ of wood per hour.

Crapper & Sons

“We’re now manufacturing a higher quality, on-specification biomass fuel, with only one shredder not two, and we’re benefitting from 20% more uptime. We’re also getting about 18 tonnes of clean metal a week from 1000 tonnes of wood waste, which we can now sell. The XR’s low noise and reduced energy consumption of course add to the benefits of the shredder, and its low dust, slower speed electric drive makes our woodyard a far safer place.”

Lee McGlone, operations manager