April 22, 2021

AMPRoboticsPET400x275AMP Robotics, which develops artificial intelligence, robotics and infrastructure for the waste industry, has deployed six of its AI-guided robotic sorting systems with Evergreen, one of the nation’s largest recyclers of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles at its Ohio processing facility. Evergreen is a subsidiary of Greenbridge, formerly Polychem, a manufacturer of polyester and polypropylene products serving the food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, and industrial industries since 1974.

The AMP technology helps identify and sort green and clear PET from post-consumer bales of plastic soft drink bottles, which Evergreen recycles into reusable flakes or pellets (rPET), and sells to end markets as feedstock for new containers and packaging.

The AMP Cortex high-speed robotics system automates the identification and sorting of recyclables from mixed material streams. The company’s Neuron AI platform continuously trains itself by recognizing different colors, textures, shapes, sizes, patterns and even brand labels to identify materials and their recyclability. Neuron then guides the robots to pick and place the material to be recycled. 

“As a leader in the recycling of post-consumer PET bottles, the precision and accuracy of AI and robotics has aided our ability to better monitor the composition of material throughout our operation, boost recovery, and ensure high quality in the rPET resin we produce,” said Greg Johnson, vice president of operations for Greenbridge and  Evergreen. “AMP’s technology aligns with our core values of environmental responsibility, sustainability, the safety and well-being of our team, and profitability.”

In addition to PET, AMP’s AI platform can precisely identify and capture plastics including high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), polypropylene (PP), and polystyrene (PS), the company said. In addition, the robots can recover cardboard, paper, cans, cartons and other containers and packaging types reclaimed for raw material processing.

“Greenbridge and Evergreen are leading the way in applying innovation to increase the capture and processing of post-consumer resin (PCR),” said Matanya Horowitz, founder and CEO of AMP Robotics. “WIth the U.S. recycling less than 10% of plastics produced annually, their application of advanced technology is expanding recovery, diverting material from landfill, and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. AI-guided sortation can deliver scientifically calibrated mixes of material to meet reclaimers’ specifications and those of end-market buyers. The technology helps ensure a higher-quality end product and a larger volume of recycled material for brands to source for their recycled content goals and sustainability commitments and improves the bottom line of reclaimers who supply it.”

AMP Robotics has deployed its systems in North America, Asia, and Europe. In the U.S., the AMP footprint covers more than 25 states. In January, the company announced raising $55 million in corporate equity in a Series B financing.

Additional details on the company’s technology can be found at its website.