Waste Management Robotics and AI

Role of AI in Waste Management

When it comes to sorting, the role of AI in recycling becomes incredibly intricate. That’s because AI-powered sensors are a vast improvement compared to traditional optic sensors. Segmentation in image processing allows to  detect items made from different materials as well as nuances between items of the same material, including whether an item has been chemically contaminated, ensuring purity of the waste stream.

Waste Management Robotics and AI

Smart Bin Systems Vs. Material Recovery Facility

While the goal of both smart bins and MRFs is to reduce waste that goes into landfills and improve reusability, each approach has certain advantages over the other. We will outline some of the main differences in the table below.

Smart Recycling Bins

Material Recovery Facility 


Waste is sorted as soon as it is dumpled.

Single-stream recycling materials from the curbside recycling bins are collected and resorted.


Uses AI and computer vision, which means up to 97% accuracy.

High accuracy rates due to the use of AI and ML.

Human Intervention

Almost no human intervention from the very beginning. 

Sorts and processes materials recycled by humans leaving room for human error.

Garbage Collection frequency

Bins send a notification once they are full and are ready to be emptied.

Garbage is collected regularly from the curbside.

Ease of Use

Very easy to use and perfect solution for busy areas.

Materials are collected from recycling bins and sent to the facility. 

How Vancouver Automation can help you ?

Material Handling is an essential part of every automation system. Whether moving heavy awkward parts or small intricate precision components, efficient manipulation and control is essential.  From the newest motor assembly to the most intricate surgical device, material handling and its flow ensures that components can be turned into assemblies that guarantees an assembly solution will not choke off critical up time or contribute to costly damage to parts or operators.  Vancouver Automation through its experience along with its partners to provide technologically leading solutions that ensure the backbone of the custom equipment link together in support and harmony.  There are many solutions that are tried and true and new flexible solutions that deal with the complexities in the market today.  Material handling solutions range from linear solutions in layout and form too numerous to detail but include our partners: Robert Bosch power and free conveyor, belt driven solutions coupled with flexible feeders, bowls, hoppers with vision, and escapement devices that verify orientation and control throughout the assembly process.