Hard Reset Podcast: Robot Recycling | Episode #13

How much of our recycling actually gets recycled? Robots could help boost the percentage of recycled trash with near-perfect accuracy.
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An estimated 32% of the recycling we send off to sorting centers actually gets recycled. Why is this? The nature of sorting recycling by hand is time consuming, messy, and dangerous, and the human error involved in this process is enormous.

Enter AMP Robotics, a Denver-based company that is training neural networks to speed through sorting plastic and paper with 99% accuracy by recognizing materials on a moving belt.

This robotic tech could usher in a new era of sustainability, allowing us to better sort recycling in order to reuse the same items that were once fated for the landfill.

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