Waste separation with artificial intelligence


Household waste does not always end up in the right bin. Valuable raw materials can be identified and filtered out using computer systems. A company from Krems deals with solutions for working with artificial intelligence.

Waste separation must be learned. Parts that actually have to be disposed of elsewhere often end up in the garbage can. Especially in urban areas and in apartment buildings, less attention is paid to correct disposal. The fact that waste separation has to be learned does not only apply to people, but also to modern computer systems and artificial intelligence (AI).

The Brantner company in Krems deals with the correct separation of waste. “The system for recognizing recyclables in the garbage is now well developed,” reports Managing Director Christoph Pasching. “Due to global delivery difficulties, however, there are no robots to collect the recyclable materials from the assembly line.”


Rubbish often ends up unsorted in the bins

Many uses for AI

Parts of the AI ​​developed by Brantner have already been sold to other companies. “Our advantage is that our system can easily be adapted to existing processes,” says Pasching. In a textile cleaning company, the system recognizes already damaged or soiled textiles, a building materials manufacturer uses the system to check pallets for their functionality.

There is definitely potential for modern waste separation systems. A survey carried out by the state of Lower Austria in 2018/2019 showed that 27.5 percent of the residual waste is organic waste. This means that 63,800 tons of biogenic waste end up wrongly in the residual waste every year. A total of three million euros in recyclable materials are disposed of incorrectly every year, which means they have to be resorted to at great expense and then disposed of again.

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