France – Robots are to take over the sorting work at French waste management major Veolia. The company has recently purchased its first piece of robotic sorting technology, the ZenRobotics Recycler, which is claimed to be the first of its kind in France.
The robotic pickers are to increase efficiency and reduce costs of waste sorting. ZenRobotics’ ceo Timo Taalas comments: ‘Robotic sorting is rapidly transforming the waste industry and we are pleased to see that one of the largest companies in waste management has chosen our technology.’
The ZenRobotics Recycler sorts out valuable raw materials from mixed waste streams. According to the company, it has ‘a unique’ recognition capability and can sort multiple fractions simultaneously in one spot, ‘reducing complex pre-processing of waste’. ZenRobotics is witnessing increased worldwide demand for its technology.
The company has recently sold robots to recycling and waste management firms in Switzerland and Japan. Since 2013, furthermore, robots have replaced human pickers at Baetsen Recycling in the Netherlands and at Sita in the Finnish capital Helsinki, home of ZenRobotics.