Solutions for Recycling

Working for a sustainable economy: solutions for Recycling

A complete range of solutions for recycling processing and machinery

Recycling is an increasingly crucial sector for a modern circular economy and the protection of the planet. It’s a key element of waste management in order to reduce pollution and waste going to landfill. Therefore, it is essential that waste disposal companies can count on safe, efficient machinery and plants able to work to their full potential.

That’s why we developed a complete range of customized solutions for the collection, scaling and classification of waste materials.

The Bonfiglioli

Bonfiglioli conceives, designs and produces custom solutions for collection, downsizing and sorting of waste materials. Recycling is a key component of waste management in order to reduce pollution and landfill waste; in order to ensure high quality operations and the best result in the recycling process, the company provides a complete range of innovative products for Mobile and Industrial Primary shredding solutions.

We have been active in the recycling industry for a long time, and thanks to various product developments and expansions we built a solid reputation in this sector. We now offer a complete range of solutions to meet any need in this demanding, crucial sector. Our wide range of planetary gearboxes are manufactured in a production process which is firmly focused on the specific needs of our customers. These solutions are developed with the highest levels of customization, which requires, right from the initial design phases, in-depth interaction between the customer and Bonfiglioli team, to ensure that all of the required specifications and variants are known, for a product which perfectly meets expectations.

This is why our pre-sales and after-sales teams, spread strategically over all continents, play such a crucial role, and why ensuring complete support is at the heart of our global success. The product range and its proven reliability are only the starting point of a profitable relationship.

Our solutions
for recycling plants

Bonfiglioli designs and produces custom solutions for recycling plants, covering the complete range of applications, from shredding machines to conveying and compactors. From inverters to gearmotors and drives, all these components are customized and designed according to the customer's needs for the whole recycling process of many different kinds of waste, like tyres, metal, paper and plastic. Always with the highest level of customization:

  • Primary shredding: totally integrated machine design and performance are the key feature of our planetary products for primary shredding equipment;
  • Secondary shredding: a planetary torque rating over 2 MioNm guarantees a complete range of shredding machine applications. Thanks to a high peak load capacity, planetary gears offer best-in-class  mechanical performance;
  • Conveying: thanks to an extensive selection of features and space efficiency, Bonfiglioli offers products (such as the F Series and the A Series) for a variety of conveying systems. High dynamic response and energy efficiency are signature features. Plus, cost-effective and extended service intervals guarantee low cost of ownership;
  • Compactors: an offer of versatile, robust and energy-efficient solutions, such as the C Series, that meet all compactor requirements.


The R3 Series is the perfect range of products for application in recycling plants and specifically in primary shredding machines. Compact and powerful, their planetary gear train makes them the ideal choice for all severe duty applications where shock loads and impacts are more the rule than the exception. Plus, the configuration is highly flexible, thanks to several options for mounting, gear layout, output shaft and motor interface. So you can always have the tailor-made solution for your recycling needs. According to the torque needed, R3 Series can be equipped with 1, 2 or 4 hydraulic motor adapter; electric motor adapter is either available upon request. It features several benefits:

  • Easy installation and quiet operation
  • High torque capabilities (peak torque from 129,000 to 370,000 Nm)
  • Surface protection class C3, C4 and C5
  • Gear ratios from 56 to 117
  • Synchro drive and axial piston hydraulic motors

Components for stand-alone recycling machines

The recycling process can be carried out through complex, vast plants, but also through more compact stand-alone machines. These machines are used for small loads, when the final consumer returns a product that needs to be recycled. They are therefore very important to favor the recycling process and for a correct recycling, and therefore to favor a good practice of circular economy. Bonfiglioli designs and produces custom solutions also for:

  • Reverse vending machines:  High reliability and a long operating life are the stand-out features of the recycling machine products, which are fully integratable with Bonfiglioli drives for a  complete package solution;
  • Stand-alone shredder: gearmotors, inverters and planetary drives that are reliable and long-lasting

A complete support from beginning to end

Bonfiglioli believes that product development relies on passion, efficient processes and on the ability to understand customers’ needs. Therefore, first, the company team identifies these needs after an in-depth analysis. Then, through dedicated calculation tools, the team simulates the transmission’s capabilities and performance, allowing to reduce development time. Ultimately, the alignment stage allows the company to adapt the proposal according to key factors such as performance, installation and maintenance.