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Will Artificial Intelligence Revolutionize Recycling?

Automation and artificial intelligence are driving efficiencies in the recycling operations of a materials recovery facility in Boulder, CO.

Rick Lingle, Senior Technical Editor

May 17, 2023

Automation and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing industries globally and that includes the recycling sector. One remarkable example can be found at a materials recovery facility (MRF) in Boulder, CO, where cutting-edge AI technology has been deployed to enhance recycling operations.

This intelligent system has acquired the ability to distinguish between different materials, accurately identifying pieces of plastic among sheets of paper and then efficiently separating them. This also increases accuracy and speeds while reducing manual labor requirements. By seamlessly integrating AI into recycling processes, this facility is paving the way for more efficient and effective recycling practices.

The automated sorting systems are from AMP Robotics.

About the Author(s)

Rick Lingle

Senior Technical Editor, Packaging Digest and PlasticsToday

Rick Lingle is Senior Technical Editor, Packaging Digest and PlasticsToday. He’s been a packaging media journalist since 1985 specializing in food, beverage and plastic markets. He has a chemistry degree from Clarke College and has worked in food industry R&D for Standard Brands/Nabisco and the R.T. French Co. Reach him at [email protected] or 630-481-1426.

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