19 February 2019
The right kind of waste handling equipment ensures that waste is processed properly for the next phase. Photo:LinkedIn
The right kind of waste handling equipment ensures that waste is processed properly for the next phase. Photo:LinkedIn

Optimizing waste management with the right equipment

In order to optimize your waste management processes, you must focus on getting the right kind of waste handling equipment to ensure that waste is processed for the next phase.

By appropriately breaking down the waste material, you will be able to sort the waste items quicker for easier recycling, reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and save costs by optimizing operations. In order to do so, you will need the kind of equipment based on the type of waste being handled. Take a look at some of the machinery available:


Grinders allow you to break down your waste into fine particles to reduce it to a manageable size in order to further process it. This makes it easier for the waste handlers to transport the waste and find appropriate ways of disposing of it. Grinders are most commonly used in the plastic and wood waste processing industries.


Industrial shredders play a key role in waste management and recycling in the manufacturing and disposal industries and its benefits are fairly obvious. Materials such as plastics, wood, rubber and asphalt can be immediately reduced to a mere fraction of their original size, making for easier transport or distribution. It also enables faster decomposition of waste material.


Trommels are highly preferred during waste sorting due to its ability to sort materials according to their particle size. Trommels are usually used to screen solid waste and wastewater. These can also be used to improve the recovery of fuel-derived solid waste by removing inorganic materials such as moisture and ash from air-classified light fraction segregated from shredded waste.

Once you identify the equipment required to sort and break down the waste appropriately, you need to employ tools and techniques to enhance your operations and ensure continued profitable output.


Anyone familiar with waste management knows that no recycling and waste management company is complete without conveyors. They form essential parts of the sorting process for waste materials and ensure there is an efficient movement of various materials in the facility.

With conveyors, you can allow mixed waste streams to be spread out for inspection and transfer materials from a starting point to a final sorting point, where the sorted materials can be easily removed along the way through different processes. They are also important for transporting materials like wood or electrical waste into grinding systems.

Conveyor systems are critical to the success of numerous recycling operations. Belts and chains are the most common types of conveyors used in recycling facilities. Belts connect different sorting stations with specific functions and a belt with commonly spaced partitions will grip material as it is being carried up an incline.

Conveyor belts are ideal for moving streams of materials for separation. Installing conveyor belt scales will allow you to measure the exact weights of the materials while being transported on the conveyors.

You can even use vibrating belts to separate and space the materials for inspection by workers for various kinds of processes. Conveyors used in recycling facilities are designed to withstand continuous exposure to abrasives, sticky liquids and dirt.

However, simply choosing the right equipment doesn’t guarantee success. Traceability and cost of ownership are critical issues for all waste and recycling companies. Unless you have durable equipment within your facility, you can’t expect high traceability and low cost of ownership.

Therefore, you must not only choose the right equipment that can withstand the incredibly harsh conditions but also pick a dedicated calibration and maintenance service provider.

Pro Tip: Choose one that provides regular calibration service as well as repair apart from weighing scale maintenance. And lastly, be sure to place emphasis on regular preventive maintenance so that your equipment continues to work at its maximum efficiency and reduces the likelihood of expensive breakdowns.

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