MCKINNEY, TX | David Dugger had a problem.
As the General Manager of the new 380 McKinney Landfill in McKinney, Texas, he was receiving anywhere from 700 – 1,000 tons of bulky construction and demolition waste per day and needed to break it down.
Construction and demolition waste is especially rough on landfill equipment and doesn’t compact well. It wastes valuable airspace and shortens the life and the revenue potential of the landfill.
“By increasing the life of the landfill, more revenue is generated, and you get to stay in one place for a longer time,” said Dugger.
Finding a way to reduce C&D was critical for Dugger, but with almost 4 decades in the solid waste industry, Dugger knew exactly what he needed to fix his problem: a high-torque shredder.
Having worked with shredders in the past, he was familiar with the concept. His began searching for a machine that would suit the landfill’s needs. After meeting with McCourt Equipment, the local Ecoverse dealer, Dugger hosted a Doppstadt INVENTHOR 9 shredder for a demonstration and was impressed by the results.
“The INVENTHOR was able to keep up with the workload quite a bit better than anything else,” Dugger said, adding that “what stood out was just how much shredded material it could produce.”
Once McKinney Landfill purchased the INVENTHOR put it to work, they realized that not only was it keeping up with the incoming volumes, but it was exceeding them. Now the landfill processes around 1,200 tons of C&D waste per day.
In addition to making 380 McKinney Landfill more revenue, the Doppstadt INVENTHOR 9 eases the workload for the entire operation, said Dugger. The shredded material significantly reduces wear and tear on the other machines at the facility.
“It makes everything we do work a little better and smoother. We don’t have to work as hard at it as before we started shredding with the INVENTHOR,” said Dugger.
Like any piece of equipment, the Doppstadt INVENTHOR 9 requires regular maintenance, but Dugger doesn’t stress about that. For one, the machine has swing-up doors that give his mechanics wide-access to the engine and other components. The wear parts that take the most abuse – the shaft and comb teeth – can be checked and changed in minutes.
If more complicated maintenance is needed, Dugger knows he can rely on McCourt Equipment.
“It’s just been a great experience with McCourt,” said Dugger. “They are able to answer any of the questions or concerns we might have about the machine. They give great support to us and always get here quickly if a mechanic is needed.”
Although 380 McKinney is a landfill, they are looking for ways to recycle the incoming material. The Doppstadt INVENTHOR 9 has been useful for that, too, said Dugger. By running a portable sorting station after the machine, it’s easy to pick and separate sheetrock and plastics from the debris.
“We are dedicated to recycling, not necessarily to burying everything. We want to recycle everything that we can,” said Dugger, adding that they hope to soon utilize a 40,000 sq. ft. building for more formal recycling purposes.
But regardless of whether it’s for landfill or recycling, Dugger suggests that anyone in the industry needing to break down material should look at the Doppstadt INVENTHOR line.
“If anyone is in the market for shredding or processing waste, I think the INVENTHOR is a good match for those operations, and they should give it a test.”
For more information on 380 McKinney Landfill, check out their website: https://mckinneylandfill.com.