The recycling industry is struggling under tight profit margins, changing waste policies, and fast evolving waste market regulations. One notable issue is processing the highly contaminated single-stream recycling waste generated by the world's growing population. This project contributes to the long-term goal of developing a waste-sorting robot to efficiently sort single-stream recyclables. We designed a robotic recycling test bed that consists of a robotic arm, an actuated X-Z Cartesian platform, and a modular control system. We also developed a three-jaw gripper designed for effective cardboard picking from a mixed waste stream. Such outcomes provide the main architecture for establishing a robotic waste sorting experimental setup at WPI.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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