Avangard Innovative is continuing its efforts to optimize plastics recycling streams with the assistance of new technology, and the results are playing into bale price negotiations.
When recycling processor Invema switched from a high-speed friction washer to an updated system relying on boilers and chemicals, something unexpected happened: Energy usage decreased by 20 percent.
Electronics and appliances present an attractive source for reclaimed plastics, but technical challenges can often inhibit recovery. Many of the e-plastics are black, which can make separation by polymer difficult.
A startup is using microwave technology in an innovative conversion process that allows for small units that can be sold to large plastics generators and other stakeholders.
In the not-too-distant future, artificial intelligence may see and control all that’s happening in a recycling facility. But first, it’s going to do some work on a quality control line.
A package of equipment from New Jersey-based Foam Cycle aims to help organizations, including municipalities, with their expanded polystyrene (EPS) recycling efforts.
Using an advanced visioning system and deep-learning capabilities, a robot is now picking an average of one carton per second off a container line at a Denver-area materials recovery facility. It may be an early look at the future of plastics sorting.