07.07.2021 NewsItalian waste management frontrunner Masotina chooses ZenRobotics as partner for AI-based sorting of plastic waste

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Italian waste management frontrunner Masotina has partnered with ZenRobotics to retrofit their plastics sorting facility (PRF) with an AI-powered robotic sorting station for the recovery of clear PET at a high purity rate. The Masotina S.p.A. plant in Milan, Italy, is a household waste plastic recovery and sorting facility with a total capacity of 355.000 tons per year. The facility has been retrofitted in recent years to include the most sophisticated recycling automation technologies to separate out recyclable waste plastics.

Italian waste management company Masotina’s S.p.A. facility is one of the largest material recovery facilities (MRF) in Europe that receives, sorts, separates and prepares recyclable household waste plastics. Masotina has made substantial investments in recent years into advanced automation and recycling technologies to gain a leadership position in the plastic waste recovery and recycling market. By partnering with ZenRobotics, Masotina expands its technology leadership to include AI-based waste sorting robotics at its flagship facility.

The robustly automated Masotina S.p.A. household waste plastic sorting facility is located near Milan and has a yearly capacity of 250.000 tons. The facility has been retrofitted in recent years to feature automated sorting and selection lines that make use of the highest recycling technology to separate out recyclable waste plastics through a combination of optical, mechanical and manual sorting. One of the latest additions is the ZenRobotics Fast Picker sorting station that performs quality control at the facility, improving efficiency and reducing the need for manual sorting.

The facility separates household waste plastics coming mostly from municipal collection. Plastic waste is first sorted from other valuable recyclable materials like paper, cardboard, aluminum, tinfoil, polylaminates and inert. Then it is separated by polymer and color to maximize the recycle-reuse value of plastic. The job of the ZenRobotics Fast Picker is to ensure high output purity for clear PET by removing contaminants and taking out other valuable recyclable polymers such as HDPE that are returned back to the recycling loop. Thanks to its compact size, the ZenRobotics Fast Picker has been integrated into the existing sorting line despite very tight spaces at the facility.

ZenRobotics is excited to partner with Masotina, one of Italy’s strongest waste management companies. We were pleased to see that our robotics technology matches the rigorous sorting ambitions of Masotina. We strongly believe that smart robotics has enormous potential to recover more and more recyclable materials. The Masotina S.p.A facility is a perfect example of how existing MRFs can make use of the latest technology to improve their efficiency and economics in waste sorting, says ZenRobotics CEO Jarmo Ruohonen.

Italy is at the top of the major European economies in many sectors of the circular economy. The country has a strong plastic sector for both virgin and recycled plastic.

Additional information:

Tuuli Mäkelä
Head of Marketing of ZenRobotics

Francesca R. Febbo
Director of Quality, Environment and Safety


About Masotina

Masotina S.p.A. is a long-established company operating in the selection of non-hazardous waste since 1937. The Company was founded with the concept to treat waste as a secondary resource, while offering a complete range of environmental services to support sustainable management of natural resources. Today, the Company’s main goal is to provide for the reuse and recycling of plastic waste, whilst minimizing the use of landfill sites. Since 2011 Masotina is owned by a group of international investors led by Pioneer Point Partners LLP, a private equity fund based in London and specializing in the energy and environmental sectors. Since its acquisition the Company has undergone a process of substantial investment in technology and management with the ambition of consolidating a leadership position on the waste plastic recovery and recycling market. www.gruppomasotina.it

About ZenRobotics

ZenRobotics is the leading supplier of intelligent sorting robots for the waste industry and the first company to apply AI-based sorting robots to a complex waste-sorting environment. Our intelligent robots, powered by our very own advanced AI software, make recycling more efficient, accurate and profitable. Our ambition is to make the circular economy a reality by turning global waste into clean raw materials. We call on all forward-looking companies to re-think the waste industry for the decades to come. If you want to take a leap forward on your path to success, get in touch with ZenRobotics today. For more information, visit www.zenrobotics.com or contact info@zenrobotics.com.