Waste Initiatives’ shredders are heavy-duty machines designed for industrial applications and can be configured to efficiently process a wide range of materials, including: paper, cardboard, plastic, ferrous and non-ferrous metal and tyres.

Shredders in either high or low speed usually have a perforated screen which governs the final shredded product size by not allowing product through until it has been shredded small enough by the rotating cutters against the static cutter. Single shaft shredders are Top loading.

Shaft shear type shredders are almost always slow speed, with the product exiting the shredder almost entirely determined by the width of the cutters. Shear type Two shaft shredders come in Top loading and throughfeed format.

1-Shaft Shredders

High-volume shredders with sized output determined by perforated screen size. Often used in the plastic industry for in-house recycling through to waste processors shredding MSW and Waste-to-Energy plants. Rugged and reliable, these machines are available with high or low-speed configuration depending on processing material.

  • WT2260

    With a compact footprint and rugged construction this shredder is ideal for small E-Waste processing and document destruction.

  • WT3080

    Capable of processing up to 500kgs per hour, this shredder is often used in small recycling ventures or disability workshops.

  • WT40120

    This large single shaft shredder is capable of processing up to 1200kgs of product per hour. Capable of shredding tough waste materials, it has a large feed opening to accept bulky products such as timber pallets and cardboard cores whole.

  • WT4080

    A generous opening allows this shredder to easily take 205L drums and much more! Suitable for manufacturing facilities or recycling organisations.

  • WT48200

    Our WT48200 is one of our most robust single shaft shredders capable of shredding a wide range of products. This very robust shredder has extra-large gearboxes for very high torque. Fitted with a sizing screen to control output size and a pendulum push in arm to ensure maximum cutting efficiency. The cutters can be rotated for extra life expectancy and more economical operation. This shredder is the ultimate in robust single shaft shredding for a wide range of recyclable products.

2-Shaft Shredders

Slow-speed shredders for heavy duty size reduction. Particle size determined by width of the cutters and output at undetermined lengths. Can be used in principle size-reduction application where output sizes are not critical – ideal applications include abbatoirs, tyres & E-scrap.

  • GL2140

    An extremely compact two shaft shredder, ideal for product destruction. This compact shredder will shred up to 400kg/hr.

  • GL2180

    Perfect for processing E-Waste, hard plastics and timber, this hungry shredder will eat through any waste product you have.

  • GL32120

    The mid sized two shaft of our range, this two shaft shredder is frequently used in recycling centres and production facilities.

  • GL40130

    Powered by two 45kW motors, this huge shredder is perfectly suited for high throughput product destruction or as a pre shredder for any waste processing facility.

4-Shaft Shredders

Four Shaft shear type shredders have a perforated screen attached, which determines the product size exiting the shredder. The second two sets of cutters on the side shafts return any product unable to fit through the perforations in the screen back to the cutting chamber for reshredding. Product exiting a four shaft shredder is determined by the cutter width and the holes (perforations) in the screen. Four shaft shredders are fed vertically.

  • FS100120

    This large four shaft shredder is ready to process your tyres, timber, medical waste or E-waste. Processing over 1T per hour with a sized output product.

  • FS10080

    Combining the precision of a single shaft shredder with the ease of use and low maintenance of a two shaft shredder, this four shaft shredder is sure to impress.

  • FS8080

    The innovative design of these shredders combines multiple operations into one. Pre Shredding, precise cutting and product sizing all in one pass.

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    For over 40 years, Waste Initiatives' shredders have provided businesses across Australia with an efficient and cost-effective solution in some of the most demand shredding projects. Our shredders are heavy-duty machines designed for industrial applications to process a wide range of materials. Whatever the scale of your waste disposal, our commercial shredders can be configured to efficiently shred the paper, cardboard, plastic, ferrous, and non-ferrous metal to tyres.

    With proven reliability and top-notch performance, Waste Initiatives can customise our shredders to suit your disposal requirements. Our high and low-speed commercial shredders feature a perforated screen. This specialised screen governs the final shredded product size by not allowing the excess product to pass through until it has been cut small enough by its rotating cutters against the static cutter. Our industrial single shaft shredders are top loading, ideal to cut down and waste recycle materials from wood, rubber, and molding purgings.

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    Industrial Shredders: Our Products

    Industrial shredding is a fast, efficient, and cost-effective method of waste management for large-scale corporations and industries. Nowadays, they play a key component in waste management and recycling in today's disposal industries.

    At Waste Initiatives, we not only know about waste management, we know shredders. Our industrial shredders are designed to tackle any heavy duty shredding task. Because we manufacture our heavy-duty commercial shredders ourselves, we can customise our shredding products with special cutter arrangements, and amend high or low-speed settings for a more efficient processing output.

    From 1-shaft high-volume shredders to minimise plastic waste, slow-speed shredders for heavy-duty size reduction of E-scrap to our larger four-shaft shredders to process your tyres, timber and medical waste, each is specially maintained and customised by our experienced technicians to meet your shredding requirements. Our available shaft shear type shredders are almost always slow speed, with the product exiting the shredder determined by the customisable width of the cutters. Meanwhile, our available shear type two shaft shredders come in Top loading and through-feed format.

    The Benefits of Commercial Shredding

    • Shredded waste is easier to handle or re-use
    • Efficient waste disposal method
    • Encourages more effective sorting of recyclables
    • Quick, efficient and cost-effective
    • Reduces the volume of municipal solid waste
    • Increases the lifespan of landfills
    • Convert plastic waste into reusable raw materials
    • Recoup waste disposed from commercial units

    Rent Out Our Industrial Shredders

    If you’d like to acquire your waste recycling equipment with a cashflow-friendly finance option, we have commercial hire purchase plans available between two to five year terms. Find a rental shredding solution that suits your specific requirements.

    Learn more about our finance options. We have a range of finance and rental options to make sure we have a solution that will suit your requirements.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a shredder machine?

    A shredder machine is a device that can cut, crush or grind up materials like paper into shreds. Commercial shredder machines are heavy-duty machines, unlike smaller domestic models. On top of paper, they can handle industrial applications like shredding high volumes of cardboard, PVC pipe, wood, hard plastic, circuit boards, tyres, etc. These larger industrial shredders are renowned in the waste management and recycling industries for shredding plastics.

    How do industrial shredders work?

    1. Place the materials into the hopper (you can also opt for a force-feed system, such as a conveyor belt, force-feed ram or hydraulic pusher to automate this step).
    2. The spinning shafts will shred and break up the materials as it falls down.
    3. A rotating sizing screen helps ensure that aggregate is small, and if not, the particles return to the shafts to get grinded down again.
    4. The final shreds come out on the other side of the plastic shredder. Ready to be used or processed further in factory and warehouse applications.

    What type of shredder is suitable for me?

    Are you looking to process:
    • Cardboard (OCC),
    • Plastic Film,
    • PP Bags,
    • PVC Pipe,
    • Paper,
    • MSW/RDF,
    • Aluminium Cans,
    • Wood,
    • Plastic Drums,
    • Newsprint?
    Use a Single Shaft Shredder These machines are optimised for high volume shredding. They are a standard in the plastic industry (hence, plastic shredder). You can also select high or low-speed configurations, or different shaft configurations, to customise your industrial or waste recycling processing. Are you looking to process:
    • Secure Documents,
    • Circuit Boards,
    • Medical Waste,
    • Organic Waste,
    • Hard Plastics,
    • MSW/RDF,
    • Aluminium Cans,
    • Product Destruction,
    • Timber,
    • Bottles & Cans?
    Use a Four Shaft Shredder Optimum cross cut shredding in a single pass with low noise. Available in slow-speed configurations only. All Waste Initiatives industrial shredders are suitable to process a wide range of materials, are safe and easy to operate, and can be customised with a variety of sizing screens. This is the plastic shredder for harder types of plastic. For more personalised assistance, please contact us and we can recommend a customised shredding solution to meet your needs.

    How much does a shredding machine cost?

    Commercial shredders are priced in six digits and get progressively more expensive with the number of shafts included in the model. Single shaft shredders for plastic products, paper and cardboard can cost around $100,000. Tyre shredders, requiring four shafts, can cost up to around $400,000. We offer flexible finance and rental options to make these machines more affordable and easy to access for you. So that you can process recycling plastic, raw materials and solid waste as soon as possible.

    Are the shredders available for hire?

    Yes, all our plastic waste shredders are available for short term rentals, trials and long term leases. Learn more about our commercial shredder hire.

    How to maintain an industrial shredder?

    Besides keeping your facilities and your industrial plastic shredder clean here are some added tips you can follow to look after your machine:
    • Install a metal detector on your conveyor belt to detect metal that will block and damage your machine before it does.
    • Regularly oil your industrial shredder machine’s parts, and ensure good quality
    • Keep spare parts nearby for replacements.
    • Schedule a preventative maintenance plan or another type of servicing plan with technicians to prevent wear and tear from turning into greater damage.
    • Remember to properly train your workers so that they understand how to safely and efficiently handle the machine.