AMP Robotics, manufacturer of robotic recycling systems, has received its largest order from the listed North American waste disposal company Waste Connections.
The order for 24 machine-learning robot recycling systems will be used for container, fiber and residue lines in numerous material recovery plants, according to the company.
AMP technology can be used to recover plastics, cardboard, paper, cans, cardboard boxes and many other types of containers and packaging that are reclaimed for raw material processing.
The technician can tell the difference between high density polyethylene and polyethylene terephthalate, low density polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene. The robots can also sort by color, clarity, opacity and shapes like lids, tubs, clamshells and cups – the robots can even identify the brands on the packaging.
So far, AMP robots have been used in North America, Asia and Europe, recently in Spain and in the USA in California, Colorado. Florida, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.
In January, before the pandemic started, AMP became Robotics worked with his investor Sidewalk Labs on a pilot program to provide residents of a single 250-unit apartment building in Toronto with detailed information on their recycling habits.
Working with the building and a waste truck, Sidewalk Labs moved the waste to a Canada Fibers material recovery facility, where both Canada Fibers and AMP Robotics employees sort the waste. Once the waste is categorized, sorted and recorded, Sidewalk will communicate with the building's residents about how they are going to conduct their recycling efforts.
According to Sidewalk, the tips will be sent every two weeks over a period of three months via email, online portal and signage throughout the building.
It was an opportunity for residents to better understand what they can and cannot recycle. Sidewalk Labs relies on the information to help residents improve their habits. And for people who don't want their garbage to be monitored and sorted, they can opt out of the program.
Recyclers like Waste Connections should embrace the commercialization of robots that address industry problems. Their once stable business has been turned upside down by trade wars and low unemployment. About two years ago, China decided to stop serving as the world's garbage dump and set strict standards for the types of raw materials it wants to get from other countries. The result was higher costs in recycling facilities, which are now actually needed to sort your waste more effectively.
At the same time, low unemployment rates put a strain on the availability of workers in facilities where people generally have to sort garbage by hand into recyclable materials and garbage.
AMP Robotics is supported by Sequoia Capital. BV, Closed-Loop-Partner, Congruent Ventures and Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, a spin-out from Alphabet that invests in technology and new infrastructure projects.