Food Waste Shredders

Franklin Miller’s TASKMASTER® food waste shredders and grinders reduce a wide variety of foodstuff down to size. Our industrial strength dual-shaft grinders can handle food products with ease. These MARPOL compliant grinders can handle a huge variety of food waste in a short period of time. Designed with CUTTER CARTRIDGE® technology, TASKMASTER grinders lead the industry in reliability and performance. We offer solutions for a wide variety of capacities and requirements. Our food waste shredders take any type of food waste and produce a reliable output suitable for disposal, composting, bio gas, or a variety of other uses.

A Growing Problem

Food Waste is a rapidly growing problem. The need for food waste shredders and grinders has grown exponentially in various applications such as shipboard shredders, composting operations, cafeteria waste, and biogas waste/energy applications. Worldwide regulations on food disposal in landfills, as well as alternatives to landfills, have become important considerations for those looking to efficiently process food waste.

Over the course of the last few decades, there has been a great increase in food waste. In the United States alone, it is estimated that as much as 35% of food is thrown away. When food is thrown into a landfill, it can produce the greenhouse gas methane as it decomposes. Anaerobic digesters and composting are popular alternatives to landfills.

TM8500 Ship BoardRegardless of the choice by those looking to dispose of food waste, a food shredder is needed to cut the food down to size, processing it for efficiency as well as to meet various government guidelines.

Such guidelines can be seen in the stringent MARPOL requirements for ship board shredders. Without a food waste shredder, it is impossible for shipboard regulations to be followed.

In addition, cafeterias, one of the largest producers of food waste, are often looking for ways to avoid overloading landfills. By using a food waste shredder, they are able to process the waste for disposal by either a composting or by anaerobic digestion methods.

When waste is processed by anaerobic digestion, microorganisms break down or eat organic materials in the absence of oxygen. The remaining material is called digestate, which is a wet mixture that separates into a liquid and solid. During this process, biogas, a renewable energy source, is generated.

The Solution

TM1630 Shredder InstallationTASKMASTER® Shredders deliver remarkable shredding capabilities on a wide range of bulky solids and foodstuff at high volume. They can be fed manually, by conveyor or even by a bucket loader. These powerful shredders can reduce packaging such as boxes and containers, in under 15 seconds. They are ruggedly constructed for minimal maintenance and are typically supplied complete with stand, hopper and automatic reversing controller.

The TASKMASTER food waste shredders are specifically designed to be sealed from water and other liquids. These units can handle wet and dry materials with ease and are used for large and small-scale applications including excess, biogas, slurries, and process lines. These versatile units employ two parallel counter-rotating stacks of cutters that intermesh at low speed under extremely high torque. As the cam-shaped cutters intermesh at close clearance, they cut, shear, tear, slice, and rip apart food waste into smaller pieces typically in a strip or chip-like output shape.


  • Low Speed, High Torque Cutting Action
  • No Stack Retightning
  • Shred a Wide Variety of Food Waste Including Fruit, Vegetables, Meat, Bones and More
  • CUTTER CARTRIDGE® Technology
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