This story originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of Resource Recycling.
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The Association of Plastic Recyclers will research ways in which materials recovery facilities might be able to recover more smaller sized plastic containers, which are often lost during sortation. That was one of several actions the group announced at a recent meeting.
By tweaking existing equipment, materials recovery facilities could reduce the amount of flexible film packaging landing in their fiber bales, an industry study concluded.
The third-annual Recycling Innovators Forum has awarded $20,000 to AMP Robotics, a Colorado-based startup that aims to provide low-cost robotic sortation options to the recycling industry. Continue Reading
Vermont’s law mandating that producers fund the takeback and recycling of single-use batteries has helped significantly boost battery collections in the state. Meanwhile, collections are trending upward across the U.S. and Canada, according to Call2Recycle.
An equipment upgrade at a Sherbrooke, Quebec materials recovery facility boosted the facility’s capacity from 14 tons per hour to 18 tons per hour and resulted in improved bale quality.
Using an advanced visioning system and deep-learning capabilities, a robot is now picking an average of one carton a second off a container line at a Denver-area MRF. It may be an early look at the future of materials processing.