After seven decades and 144 physical events, the 145th convention of the Bureau of International Recycling from 31 May until 2 June had to be held in a virtual setting because of Covid-19. Recycling International looked in.
Shredder committee chairman Scott Newell III of Newell Recycling Equipment reported that the annual tally of shredders worldwide (1000 HP or greater) was 1163. Of these, he said, 322 are in the US, led by Texas with 30 and Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania each having 15. The EU boasts 262 shredders of which 52 are in Italy, 45 in France and 39 in Germany. China dominates the rest of the total of 579 with 320, followed by Japan (110) and the UK, no longer in the EU, on 39.
Newell maintains that the world will host at least 2000 shredders in the next few years, as he predicted during the BIR conference in 2018. He initially put the number at around 1500, but later realised he had been ‘too conservative’.
Meanwhile, BIR has launched a new global survey into shredder safety, building on earlier research among its members in 2019. The results of the 2019 survey were presented during the convention by Chris Bedell of the David J Joseph company. He hoped the results would help businesses with shredders to consider revising their internal processes to address the high risks. The new survey will carry additional questions including those concerning fires from fuels or batteries. It is available in five languages and BIR is assuring confidentiality.
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