More Space, Not Just a Landfill Dream

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Source: Diamond Z

The state of garbage abroad is a growing concern for municipal and private landfills, as space continues to be a premium and site closures continue to rise. With increasing government regulations, mammoth construction and operating expenses, the "not in my back yard" public attitude and rising land prices, business has dramatically changed the landscape of solid waste management industry as we know it today. Between 1988 and 2004, the total number of landfills operating in the United States were cut by more than half with a majority of the small "mom and pop" landfills being left without an operation.

In recent years, considerable effort has been made to reduce the stress in landfills. Recycling and diversion programs have had some success in reducing total waste generation. Unfortunately, these concerted efforts have not kept pace with population growth and total volume of garbage generated. In 1996, the average person generated more than four (4) pounds (lbs.) of garbage each day that was put back into the solid waste stream. Coupled with the U.S. Census Bureau forecasting a 23% growth in population over the next two (2) decades and nine (9) billion people in the world by 2050, indeed something is needed at our landfills to keep pace with the staggering waste flow volumes.

Following several years of R&D, Diamond Z Manufacturing has targeted a sensible and operative way to increase landfill capacity. The SWG 1600 is the only tub grinder specifically equipped to process municipal solid waste (MSW) at rates greater than 300 tons per hour while achieving density increases of more than 33%.

Unlike traditional stationary garbage shredding systems that employ a low-speed, high-torque grinding apparatus; the SWG 1600 solid waste grinder applies a high-speed hammermill weighing in excess of 14,000 lbs. and a CAT diesel engine that produces up to 1650 horsepower (hp). The result is a machine that processes MSW at more than twice the speed of the typical shredder, while dramatically decreasing operational costs in doing so.

The Diamond Z track-mounted, self-propelled garbage grinder is completely on-site mobile that can be driven on the working face of the landfill and is extremely tolerant of contaminants found in a typical solid waste stream. After grinding, the garbage can be directly deposited into the landfill cell, where it can be more efficiently spread and compacted.

The SWG 1600 employs up to 52 heavy-duty hammers that grinds the garbage through Diamond Z's patent-pending screening rods. Each screening rod is roughly the size of a railroad track. The end-product material size is controlled by retracting or engaging the rods into various configurations. Contaminants in the mill area can be easily removed by retracting the screen rod, which allows the discarded material to fall onto the discharge conveyor.

The hammermill and screen configuration can also be easily changed out to allow the SWG 1600 to specialize in targeted materials, including: tires, wood waste, large stumps, green waste, C&D, rail ties, and much more at unparalleled production rates.

The landfill space restrictions throughout North America and universally are alarming, but the all new SWG 1600 is the solution for our landfills' past inefficiencies, present opportunities, and a hopeful future.

The garbage overflowing in landfills is identical to a local retail store where the valuable product is the airspace sold by the SWG 1600. Contact your Diamond Z expert today to find out more information on the most durable, productive, cost-effective, and profit-generating municipal solid waste grinder in the world.

***This Fall, Diamond Z Manufacturing will officially announce a new home for the SWG 1600 solid waste grinder, and news that will change the landscape of the waste industry***

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