Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) shredders

Unlock your Waste to Energy potential

MSW – like C&I waste – has dominated the media headlines over the past decade, for the growing role it plays in the UK’s resource and renewable energy agenda. Once considered merely ‘dirty black bag waste’ destined for landfill, household ‘rubbish’ can now be rigorously processed to uphold the reuse, recycle and recovery principles of the waste hierarchy.

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Why shred MSW?

  • Whilst the reduction of waste at source is undoubtedly the priority – and the public’s environmental conscience is rising – MSW levels in the UK remain difficult to manage. Local authorities, MRFs and alternative fuel producers have a duty to maximise reuse, recycling and energy recovery rates from this complex waste stream.
  • Municipal Solid Waste – in its many forms – can be shredded and liberated to aid the optimum performance of downstream sorting equipment, for maximum waste hierarchy compliance.
  • Shredding doesn’t just achieve waste volume reduction. There is an ever-growing appetite within the UK and overseas to transform MSW into a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) – an increasingly popular fossil fuel substitute.
  • The production of high-quality RDF supports the UK’s resource agenda, aids compliance with waste regulations and ever-stringent targets, and represents an income generation opportunity for industry operators.

How can UNTHA help you shred MSW?


Our MSW shredders have been purposefully engineered with this application in mind – that means they’re built specifically to handle this waste stream, with dozens of features to deliver maximum performance.


Client return on investment (ROI) is our number one priority – that’s why we manufacture robust, long lasting, easy-to-maintain MSW shredders, with high availability, throughputs of up to 70 tonnes per hour, and wear costs as low as £3 per tonne. All of this with up to 80% increased yield on ferrous and non-ferrous material, which could pay for the machine in as little as 12 months!


The contents of MSW can never be guaranteed, which is why our shredders contain inbuilt foreign object protection to avoid costly machine damage, breakdowns, and unplanned downtime.


With three cutter concepts and variable rotor speeds, there’s no such thing as a one size fits all MSW shredder – we can help you achieve a homogenous fraction of anything from <30mm to 400mm, with throughputs of up to 70 tph. Our machines can even be supplied as static or mobile technology!


Having recognised alternative fuel production experts within the UNTHA team, we have played a key role in shaping the performance of hundreds of Waste to Energy (WtE) plants in the UK, Europe, Asia, America and Australia.


We were one of the first equipment manufacturers to help clients boost their duty of care to staff, thanks to the machine’s ergonomic design considerations, low noise and low dust. We’ve even written for the British Safety Council on this very topic!


We know seeing is believing, so we offer free trials at our North Yorkshire HQ, enabling you to test our MSW shredders using your own materials.

What Municipal Solid Waste can we shred?

Our range of MSW Shredders


“We looked at everything, ranging from the initial cost of the machine, through to the speed and ease of maintenance, typical uptime rates, throughputs, energy efficiency and adaptability to meet varied customer specifications. The stats, coupled with the promised longevity of the machine, made the XR the most solid investment.”

Alberto Magan, CEO

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If you’re considering an investment in new technology, we invite you to visit our HQ to try one of our shredders, for free, using your own materials.

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With millions of pounds of consignment stock available at our central UK HQ, we have hundreds of product lines available for immediate dispatch.

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