The Antarctic Treaty system includes U.S. laws that regulate environmental protocols, including the concept of “leave no trace.” Therefore, all the debris from the demolition of existing buildings must be removed from the continent and shipped back to the United States for disposal or recycling. The new Komptech Terminator low-speed, high-torque shredder at McMurdo Station will provide volume reduction of material for transport off the continent. The Terminator is a universal waste shredder capable of shredding tires, mattresses, carpeting as well as construction and demolition debris (C&D). The unit’s single 9.5 ft shaft produces over 165,000 ft-lbs. of torque to shred even the most difficult items.

The conditions on Antarctica aren’t ideal for any machinery. Antarctica is the windiest, coldest and driest continent on earth where hurricane-force winds are common, and winter temperatures will reach -30°F. A shredder working outdoors in these conditions must be built specifically for this harsh environment while being efficient and environmentally friendly. The Terminator meets these requirements in a very small footprint.