Recycling Today presents our 2020 list and map of auto shredder installations in the United States. We would like to thank Italy-based SGM Magnetics, with North American headquarters in Bradenton, Florida, for sponsoring this year’s edition of our biennial list. We’d also like to thank the shredder operators who took the time to inform our staff of the status of their shredders.
To produce the most accurate list possible, the Recycling Today editorial staff reaches out to each company or location by email and/or phone. We also use a form that we promote through www.RecyclingToday.com to solicit information, and we consult with other industry sources as we’re updating our list. However, if you notice an installation we missed or reported the incorrect status for, please let us know by emailing Editor DeAnne Toto at email@example.com.
By our count, 290 shredders are operating in the U.S, while an additional 12 shredders have been reported as idled to the Recycling Today staff and four installations are underway, for a total of 307 shredders. This is 15 more shredders than we reported in 2018, when the overall number of U.S. shredders was 291, 12 of which were idled at that time. Some of these installations are smaller mobile shredders that do not necessarily process automobiles, while five shredders on our list process only aluminum.
Of the shredders reported idled this year, four also were idled at the time we produced our 2018 list: PSC’s in Wooster, Ohio; SA Recycling’s in Savannah, Georgia; and OmniSource’s in Smithfield and Wilmington, North Carolina.
Some of the shredders reported as idled in 2018 have been removed from service, including those previously operated by American Iron & Metal in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Trademark Metals Recycling in Tampa, Florida; SA Recycling in Lawrenceville, Georgia; River Metals Recycling in Henderson, Tennessee; and Gerdau Metals Recycling in Buffalo, New York. In addition to these shredders, processors told our editorial team that 14 other shredders had been taken out of service since 2018.
The growing number of shredders means competition for feedstock also is increasing, but some operators are facing other issues, too. See the article “Still a foremost option” for details.