04. 21. 2011
Robot sorts trash and reduces landfill waste
The general public have begun recycling more and more in recent years. However, a lot of recyclable materials still unnecessarily make their way to landfill sites, which is why Finnish company Zen Robotics has been working on a solution.
The team are currently developing a robot specially designed to sort through trash and pick out the materials that should be recycled. During initial trials the robot, which is essentially just an arm with a gripper connected to a super intelligent computer, was able to correctly identify around 50% of the recyclable materials that passed it. Although that's not everything that should have been plucked out, it'd be an incredible improvement if that much material was no longer wrongly being sent to landfill sites.