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How the use of robotics is evolving at MRFs

Published: January 12, 2021
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AMP Robotics tandem gripper.

A leader with AMP Robotics says artificial intelligence has changed how robotics can be incorporated into MRFs. | Courtesy of AMP Robotics.

A recycling facility operator and a robotics company say artificial intelligence is providing materials recovery firms with much-needed data to analyze changes in the recycling stream. That’s in addition to sortation improvements.

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Recology adds robotics to produce cleaner plastics

Published: November 20, 2019
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Robot sorting plastic at Recology facility.

Plastic-sorting robots are just the latest upgrade for Recology’s San Francisco MRF. | Courtesy of Recology.

A West Coast operator installed four artificial intelligence units at its high-tech San Francisco MRF. A company manager explained how the machinery is working in conjunction with optical sorters to boost recovery and reduce contamination.

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How robots are cleaning up a MRF’s paper bales

Published: October 22, 2019
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With 14 robots connected to 10 vision systems, Single Stream Recyclers (SSR) in Sarasota, Fla. has more robots under one roof than any other MRF.

A Florida company leveraging 14 robotic sorters is among the first recycling facilities to use the technology on fiber lines, boosting the value of paper bales.

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The details on a $1.8M MRF upgrade in Midwest

Published: September 4, 2019
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Residents of Petoskey, Mich. in Emmet County will benefit from a $1.8 million MRF upgrade. | Kenneth Sponsler/Shutterstock

A tight labor market, aging equipment, an evolving ton and difficult recyclables markets have spurred a Michigan county to upgrade its MRF. Robots are among the technologies to be installed.

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CEO responds to concerns over impacts of plastic gravel

Published: August 27, 2019
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Some readers challenged the environmental benefit of Arqlite’s plastic gravel product. | Via Arqlite’s Instagram page.

A startup won money and media attention for its recycled plastic gravel, but some readers are concerned the product could cause more environmental harm than simply landfilling the scrap plastic. 

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Plastics recovery project underway in Pacific Northwest

Published: August 20, 2019
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An industry-backed demonstration project is taking place at a former Far West Recycling facility in Portland, Ore. | Jared Paben / Resource Recycling, Inc.

Aug. 1 kicked off public demonstrations of an effort to sort a variety of resins from loads of material otherwise bound for disposal. The goal is to develop a pool of data that can help guide future industry investments.
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