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How to shred…clothing and uniforms

Textiles are a notoriously difficult product to shred. In one single item of clothing, for instance, the materials can be incredibly inconsistent, containing everything from denim to wool, and metal to sponge. So how exactly do you process this complex waste stream?

At UNTHA we’re well equipped to handle tougher materials. In fact, when it comes to tackling textiles such as clothing and uniforms, the robust engineering and hard-wearing cutter systems of our four shaft RS series shredder can really excel.

So how does it all work? Materials are pre-shredded and re-shredded in a single operation, and anything that does not pass through the screen is fed on to the secondary cutters for re-shredding, ensuring thorough processing regardless of the textile make-up.

With configurable speed, torque, cutting systems and screens, this range of flexible UNTHA shredding machines can also be tailored to suit clients’ specific requirements. What’s more, if the clothing requires secure destruction, perhaps because it comes from the police or armed forces, our clients are also reassured of utmost compliance with our independently certified machinery for all types of confidential waste.

In recent times, colleagues from our Austrian headquarters have even specially configured our new XR waste shredder to process footwear production waste into Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF). This project, for a client in Vietnam, has featured much attention in the waste to energy media – if you haven’t yet read about it, you can review a project spotlight here.

So, although textile shredding isn’t a topic we often cover, it’s actually an area in which we can offer a lot of expertise. The options really are endless. So sit back and enjoy in this month’s How to Shred… Clothing and Uniforms video, and if you think we might be able to help with your textiles project, why not get in touch?

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