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Decarbonising agenda suits shredding industry

Efforts to decarbonise economies have boosted the demand for shredders because of their role in delivering higher quality recyclates, participants in the BIR convention in Barcelona have been told. 

BIR Shredder Committee chairman Scott Newell III of US-based Newell Recycling Equipment noted that the global population of shredders of 1 000 hp or more now totalled 1 164, including 334 in the USA, 327 in China and a further 253 across the European Union and European Free Trade Association countries. A year ago at BIR’s virtual convention, Newell reported the total was 1 163.

Growth was reported in the number of responses to BIR’s latest global shredder safety survey which is aimed at protecting health and safety through the confidential analysis of incident and accident data. Trade and environment director Ross Bartley said the increase in responses could be attributed in part to extending the survey platform to include Chinese, French, German and Spanish versions, as well as English.

Bartley said provisional findings indicated accidents and incidents were split evenly across production and maintenance activities while ‘struck by’ and ‘slips, trips and falls’ emerged as leading sources of injury. Both mill maintenance and picking operations were high on the list of tasks being performed when the accident/incident occurred.

He also noted that fractures, contusions and eye issues featured prominently – information that could assist those assessing personal protective equipment needs.

The Shredder Committee featured two guest presentations. Martin Dörner, sales manager recycling at Venti Oelde, set out how a dry working extraction system offered the best emission results in terms of dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Frederick Thoma, head of sales at Lybover Air, explained that his company had implemented the products of German-based Keller Lufttechnik in a number of dust extraction projects, including the Keller Ultra Filter + Activated Carbon for VOCs which he said met the various emission limits set across Europe.

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