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Processing Shredder Fines

In processing shredder residue, whether from a small scrapyard or a multimillion-dollar car shredder, the integrated metal recovery systems utilized have moved on from a simple shredder and magnets to sophisticated systems that can include sorters (eddy and optical), rare earth magnets and air tables, to name a few.

In North America, the typical focus has been to increase the recovery of metals found in material greater than the ½” to 1” range. Now, many operators are interested in processing this ½” and smaller material.

The reason for this interest is due to: 

• China’s enforcement of Operation Green Fence
• Efforts to improve cost-effectiveness by reducing landfill costs while recovering this formerly lost landfill material
• Desire to capture the heavy non-ferrous metals (primary interest is the red metals)

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