Realistically, the only real way to reduce plastic waste is for companies to produce less of it in the first place. Until this moment is imposed by legislative prohibitions, we must avoid disposing of waste in a landfill wherever possible. Each of us must use and then reuse materials, possibly in new forms. New to the market, household recycling appliances are a contemporary extension of the longstanding mantra of protecting your manse: reuse, reuse, recycle. Repeat.
Tech companies are trying to solve the waste dilemma with all sorts of ideas, from improving recycling processes and creating new materials to making compostable single-use products. Many innovations are becoming available, and many meet consumer demands for low cost and a company’s need for acceptable mass manufacturing.
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Home recycling is an attractive modern option, and technology is emerging to make it feasible. Let’s take a look at the strides tech companies are making to make household recycling manageable at home.
Recycling Home Appliances – What’s New in Startups?
lasso loop (UK) is a machine the size of a kitchen appliance that automatically sorts and breaks down the recyclables you throw in it. The company got a lot of love at CES earlier this year. The device offers “simple, convenient and incentive recycling,” according to a company press release. Lasso’s chief growth officer, Dominique Leonard, told the Washington Post that the machine uses a handful of sensors, cameras, and AI to determine if the stuff you put inside can be recycled. If you’ve made a household recycling faux pas, those items are discarded. Approved plastic, glass and metal products are steam cleaned, broken and stored separately in a series of bins depending on type to prevent contamination.
The Lasso team plans to sell its machine for $5,000 — or $3,500 with a pre-launch discount — to start, though it hopes local government incentives will help make the product affordable for the typical owner and to facilitate “the vital circular economy of the planet”.
ClearDrop (USA) has a product called Minimizer, which is a flexible plastic compactor (SPC). You place all of the soft plastic bags, wraps and wraps into the SPC, and a patent-pending automatic process will compact and seal the stack, using the melting properties of the plastic itself. No harmful substances are released. The Minimizer heats and compresses the bags to form a slightly spongy brick.
The next step in the world of home recycling will be to get municipalities to accept soft plastics and recycle them into materials for other products. This loop between plastic packaging manufacturers, recycling facilities and flexible plastics is somewhere in the future at the moment. The company hopes to be able to move into production by the end of 2022, with a purchase price of around $150.
Ridwell (USA) is a waste reduction service that attempts to make it easier for households to reduce the amount of materials they put in the landfill each week. About 20,000 households in the Portland metro area are customers of Ridwell, a Seattle-based startup that offers a monthly subscription service to pick up items like batteries, light bulbs and plastic clamshell containers that usually can’t. not enter curbside recycling bins. They pick up the items and give them to organizations that can reuse or recycle them. The plastic film, for example, goes to Trex in Nevada, and Trex turns the plastic film into composite wood decking. Your plastic can become tomorrow’s playgrounds and neighbours’ patios.
A subscription includes a bi-weekly pick-up opportunity, a trash can, a set of cloth bags, and a featured category with each pick-up. The cost in a Portland zip code area starts at $16 per month with a 3 month commitment.
bin e is on a mission to revolutionize recycling chains by creating a systematic solution that fully automates waste management. A short film on the company’s website shows the simplicity of the “world’s smartest trash can”. Once an automatic flap opens, you drop the item, wait for the machine to approve the material type, and walk away. The bin sorts the raw materials by automatic recognition and separation. Thanks to the compression of plastic and paper, the frequency of emptying bins is reduced by half.
Probably best suited to an office environment, the dimensions of the device are 120cm x 120cm x 60cm with a capacity (uncompressed) of 0.3m3 and (compressed) 0.8m3. It uses AC 230V WiFi power supply and LAN internet connection.
2b0.io (To Be Zero) is a recycling device that uses automation to make material recognition through automatic AI sorting. IoT-driven robotics invite material grinding which reduces the volume by 15:1, as the ground material is vacuum packed. Described as an opportunity to collect and analyze data and accompanied by a mobile application to help consumers change their shopping habits, the innovative and patented 2b0 technology integrates solutions and services for residential, municipal and commercial.
By reducing friction to recycle materials while monitoring and adjusting product consumption, 2B0’s Smart Stack enables customers to be informed and rewarded using Sustainability as a Platform (SusP). 2B0’s connected apps collect real-time data for analysis and offer suggested methods to further reduce waste, with the ultimate goal of being ‘zero’.
Repod (IT) is a smart device that simplifies separate waste collection. Italian patent approved and international PCT patent procedure launched, the device saves space in the kitchen while measuring performance and has the ability to share data with customers. The company won 3 public tenders for €235,000 and a complete prototype was created. Now, the next steps for the startup are to launch into the Italian and European markets by launching a pilot project with a municipality.
Closed loop (AU) connects customers larger than the average apartment or house dweller with cost-effective and sustainable solutions by identifying unused resources, maximizing the value of those resources, and saving money on the waste management.
The first step towards effective and sustainable resource management is a detailed closed-loop resource audit. Once the organization understands its supply chain, including waste costs, short and long term business strategy takes place. Closed Loop analyzes the financial, social and environmental return of waste and recommends how to convert it into products that return to the organization’s supply chain. The company’s areas of expertise include sustainable packaging, cup recycling, waste recycling, organic waste treatment, resource management and event waste management.
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