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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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New possible role for MRF robots: hazard detection

Published: February 8, 2022
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AMP Robotics AI view of materials on a sorting facility conveyor belt.

AMP Robotics is training its AI-powered visioning system to identify hazards such as fuel tanks and batteries so MRFs can safely remove them. | Courtesy of AMP Robotics

AMP Robotics is training its AI-powered camera system to identify fuel tanks and batteries on conveyor belts, so the system can alert MRF staff to the hazards.

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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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Study details ‘transformational’ tech in plastics recycling

Published: April 9, 2019
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Inside the Agilyx facility in Oregon.

Equipment at the facility of polystyrene processor Agilyx, one of the companies mentioned in the Closed Loop Partners report.

At least 60 organizations are working to scale up depolymerization, pyrolysis and other emerging plastic processing methods. The North American market for the resulting products could top $100 billion annually.

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