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Keeping it confidential: Shred-Tech

Shred-Tech’s Justin Johns Explains how the company’s plant-based shredding and recycling systems can be customised to align with local laws, data protection and desired outputs. 

Almost every industry has some kind of government-mandated responsibility when it comes to recycling and destruction of confidential materials.

Companies must pay tyre recycling fees, adhere to local laws for the disposal of electronic equipment or face potential penalties if they fail to protect commercially sensitive information. With new advancements in recycling coming online each year, global technology solutions provider Shred-Tech is continuously evolving its services to keep up with the associated changes in the waste stream. 

Headquartered in Cambridge, Canada, Shred-Tech prides itself on a global commitment to engineering innovation and quality. 

The company’s journey began in the late 1970s producing stationary two-shaft shredders for a wide range of manufacturing plant-based applications. By the middle of the decade, Shred-Tech had developed one of the world’s first mobile shredding trucks, designed to shred confidential office paper and documents on-site.

Justin Johns, Sales Manager, Shred-Tech Asia, says that with regulations constantly changing globally, Shred-Tech has seen a growth in the market. The company offers a range of plant-based shredding and recycling systems, including two-shaft and four-shaft shredders, single-rotor screened shredders and granulators, as well as large primary shredders. “More than 6000 shredding and recycling systems have been installed worldwide in locations as diverse as Fortune 500 manufacturers, hospitals, government and military facilities,” Justin says.

Justin says that almost every order is customised to a certain extent – very rarely are two systems identical. For example, a company that breaks down dirt at a rare earth mining operation requires a vastly different shredder than one that is required for product destruction and separation. Shred-Tech works to accommodate all possible shredding applications by offering a range of options on every machine.

Shred-Tech’s custom process begins with gathering customer requirements, including the nature of the material, reduction size and required volumes needed to shred. Justin says that the reason for the shredding can even influence the final equipment design. 

“With cutting chambers ranging in lengths from 85 to more than 3000 millimetres, and horsepower ranging from five to 1200, Shred-Tech can configure a system for virtually any shredding application.” 

The company’s systems are configured with the correct knife design, chamber size, horsepower, feed and discharge rates to suit the application. “In many cases, customers approach Shred-Tech with a problem that many of their competitors haven’t been able to solve,” Justin says.

“Since Shred-Tech has a broadly skilled in-house engineering team, they are able to work closely with the sales department and the customer to find a viable solution. Coupled with a vigorous quality control process, in-house assembly and manufacturing, Shred-Tech builds and manufactures the world’s best shredding and recycling systems.”

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