AI and robotics could revolutionise municipal waste sorting

Climate-KIC | March 08, 2019

Ferrovial, leading infrastructure operators, and municipal services company and EIT Climate-KIC partner is collaborating with start-up ZenRobotics to incorporate AI and robotics into the company’s municipal solid waste plants.
Europe will have to recycle 55 percent of all municipal waste by 2025, according to a ruling passed by the European Parliament last year. For context, less than 30 percent of all waste generated in Spain was recycled in 2016. It’s therefore increasingly necessary for all potentially recoverable waste to get recycled.
While waste sorting is a highly automated process in Europe, several tasks are still carried out manually in order to sort and recover valuable materials in the waste stream. Such tasks include the quality control of recovered materials and the separation of bulky waste.

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Animal models have long been used to study the complex biological processes that underlie normal human physiology and disease. In particular, the mouse has become one of the most commonly used model organisms for biomedical research. discovery and validation (Vandamme 2014).

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Animal models have long been used to study the complex biological processes that underlie normal human physiology and disease. In particular, the mouse has become one of the most commonly used model organisms for biomedical research. discovery and validation (Vandamme 2014).

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