A shredder is a machine or equipment used for shredding. Shredding systems are used to reduce the size of a given material. While most online dictionaries define the shredder as “a device used for shredding documents as a security measure to prevent identity theft,” shredders can be of many types based on the material being processed.
There are shredders designed to support material reduction across a range of recycling applications, including plastic recycling, scrap metal, e-waste recycling, wood recycling, and tire-shredding or recycling.
The shredding process produces raw material to be re-introduced into manufacturing, as well as finished products such as landscape mulch. Various terminology is used to describe size reduction equipment, including grinders, chippers, granulators and hammer mills. Overall, their main function is to reduce the size of a given material