Recycling robots are believed to be able to boost the recycling rate and reduce the UKs decline.
The team of recycling robots scan objects on a recycling line, sorting wood from concrete at a rate of 4,000 pieces an hour. The Helsinki-based firm ZenRobotics believe its technology can help boost recycling rates and help reduce the amount of rubbish that ends up in landfills. There is an emerging view that sorting technology has a role to play in bringing the UKs waste crisis under control.
Apple have said that they have started using a team of robots to take apart iPhone 6s in California and the Netherlands, they say this method is more efficient in preserving materials. The Apple machines are also currently used for deconstructing water-damaged headsets and for every 10,o00 units they take apart, up to 190kg of aluminium, 80kg of copper and smaller amounts of platinum, silver, tin and gold are extracted.
The Helsinki company has sold 32 robotic arms globally to date, including to Australia’s Sunshine Groupe and Jiangsu LVHE Environment Technology, which is building China’s first robotic recycling plant for construction waste. Unlike traditional sorting methods, which relies on an engineer’s code to tell the difference between different materials, robots can learn by example. ZenRobotics’ systems uses scanners to measure each object’s surface structure, shape and material composition. The robots can be taught a new material by being fed 200 samples. This ability to learn provides flexibility. Currently ZenRobotics’ is mainly used for sorting construction, commercial and industrial materials.
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Read the full story at… https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/mar/21/recycling-robots-ai-uks-decline-waste