Weima, an industrial shredding and briquette press manufacturer with U.S. headquarters in Fort Mill, South Carolina, will be demonstrating its WLK13 single-shaft shredder during the Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers (AWFS) Fair July 17-20 in Las Vegas.
The demonstration will have a greater purpose than just showing off the technology. The machine will be shredding the wood waste that is generated on the show floor and recycled for ground cover.
Staff from Freeman Co., which is organizing the event, will collect the wood scrap on the show floor and bring it to the shredder, where it will be sorted.
The solid wood material from the show floor will be shredded and used as ground cover around the Las Vegas campus of the University of Nevada. The laminate, particle board and other pressed wood with glue or treated with chemicals will not be used as ground cover and will instead be disposed of in other ways.
The partnership is a collaboration between Weima, AWFS, Freeman, Las Vegas, and Repurpose America, a nonprofit based in Henderson, Nevada, that focuses on education surrounding sustainability.
“The thing I like most about this program is that we’re able to give back something beautiful and eco-friendly to the city of Las Vegas, who hosts this tradeshow each year,” says Audrey Brewer, the marketing manager for Weima. “We couldn’t do what we do without the participation of the other exhibitors on the show floor who also partner with us by saving their scrap to be shredded. Destroying Responsibly is a show-wide team effort.”
Weima can be found in booths #8914 and #8116, as well as behind the tradeshow hall.