More Than Crushers: How Equipment Can Make an Environmental Difference

Jan. 24, 2019

It’s just as important as ever to manufacture product, but today’s work can’t focus only on production quotas – it has to be done in ways that are sustainable, too. Modern industry must have a focus on environmental friendliness, both to remain compliant and to ensure public health and safety.

Two big parts of that effort are recycling and organic fertilizer production. Let’s take a look at each and examine how heavy machinery helps to make these important activities happen.


Re-use and recycling programs have been around for much of civilized history, but the industrial revolution and subsequent environmental movement kickstarted recycling at major scales.

From residential curbside pickup (introduced in 1974) to modern raw material recycling initiatives that turn construction debris into usable product, recycling has become broadly practiced in almost every arena imaginable. At home and at work, fewer and fewer materials are going to waste. And that’s true in a material production context, too.

So, what can be recycled? As it turns out, there are a host of production materials that are recyclable given the right equipment. These include:

Construction debris. As mentioned, construction sites often produce large amounts of debris that aren’t incorporated into finished projects. This debris - extra asphalt, concrete, wood, steel, etc. – can be crushed into reusable products that are then incorporated at other sites.

Food waste. Pre-consumer and even post-consumer food waste can be recycled to create soil improver, fertilizer, or even materials for the production of electricity.

Industry and production waste. Ceramic waste, for example, can be crushed and reused in other applications. Glass waste can be reused as an aggregate. Even slag can be reused and incorporated into new steel production.

What machines facilitate industrial recycling?

There is a broad range of machinery used in industrial recycling applications. Some of these include:

Crushers. Recycled materials can be crushed for other applications; in fact, there are mobile crushing plants designed specifically for this purpose.

Shredders. These machines function at a slow speed with high torque, and are used to recycle anything from municipal solid waste to construction and demolition debris by reducing the volume of materials to make handling easier.

Trommel screens. Trommel screens, or rotary screens as they’re alternatively known, can be used to separate waste materials to output consistent product that can be reused in other applications.

Producing Organic Fertilizer

Organic fertilizers are important for a variety of reasons. One of their most visible areas of impact is in the field of agriculture, where they improve soil structure and quality (in comparison to traditional fertilizer usage), are biodegradable, and release nutrients more consistently than alternatives, reducing the need for overapplication. They’re commonly made up from components like compost, leaves, biosolids, or even yard debris.

While residential methods of production like compost piles are helpful, to produce organic fertilizers at a large scale requires industrial methods. Specialized environmental equipment is crucial to large scale production.

Turners are used to turn fertilizer components to add oxygen and expedite the process of composting. This may include wood waste or other bioproducts.

Trommel screens are also used in organic fertilizer production. The method of use is consistent here as in recycling; once material has been composted (often via the help of a turner), it’s sorted via the trommel screen to reduce irregularities and weight.

Get Machinery for Environmentally Sustainable Products

At Mellott, we’re proud to partner with companies like Ecoverse to offer access to equipment for environmental applications.

With trusted brands like Doppstadt, Backhus, and Tiger Depack available, you can service your environmental production needs with machines you can depend on. From mulch production to construction and demolition debris crushing, there’s a machine for your application.

Don’t let excess products go to waste when they can be put to use for environmental sustainability and your company’s bottom line. To learn more about how Mellott and our partners can help your environmental production efforts, get in touch with us today!

Article written in collaboration with Nick Furey at Ecoverse.

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