A trommel (from the German
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word for drum, Trommel) is a screened cylinder used to separate materials by size - for example, separating the biodegradable
Biodegradable waste is a type of waste, typically originating from plant or animal sources, which may be degraded by other living organisms. Waste that cannot be broken down by other living organisms are called non-biodegradable....
fraction of mixed municipal waste or separating different sizes of crushed stone
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Portable trommels (also called portable trommel screens) are often used in the production of organic products from various types of waste.
For example, excavation contractors may screen their site debris into two fractions; a saleable topsoil for farms, nurseries and site-work, as well as cleaned rock for aggregates or landscaping work. This allows the contractor to resell their waste, instead of incurring the cost of sending it for disposal.
The same principle applies to the production of compost
Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment. Compost is a key ingredient in organic farming. At its most essential, the process of composting requires simply piling up waste outdoors and waiting for the materials to break down from anywhere...
, sand/gravel, lumber mill by-products and municipal waste.