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Evansville Gets New High-Speed Plastic Sorting Robotics System

A new machine installed at Tri-State Resource Recovery in Evansville can automatically sort different plastics at a speed of up to 80 items per minute using artificial intelligence and a vision system.

Posted: May 21, 2021 1:06 PM
Updated: May 21, 2021 7:06 PM

Video and Photos Courtesy of Berry Global

On Friday, a new AMP Robotics CortexTM system was unveiled at Tri-State Resource Recovery in Evansville.

Video and Photos Courtesy of Berry Global

The new high-speed system is used to sort plastic #5, polypropylene but will also sort #1 PETE and #2 HDPE bottles with any available capacity. It can sort up to 80 items per minute.

The technology combines artificial intelligence and a vision system to sort recyclable items by comparing their appearance to an extensive image library.


AMP Robotics CortexTM analyzing items on a conveyer belt

This makes Evansville the first city in Indiana to use robotic sortation in a single-stream recycling facility.

The new device was made possible through a partnership between the City of Evansville, IDEM, Recycling Market Development Program, and Tri-State Resource Recovery.

Berry Global donated half the funds for the machine, which are being matched by IDEM through a Recycling Market Development Program grant.

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