18.11.2021 BlogThis new recycling plant is breaking the mould – by turning it into new material

This time we're introducing you to a novel recycling plant based entirely on robotic technology that’s shaking up the industry as we know it.

For decades, Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste has been a tough nut to crack. Not only does it make up one third of total waste generated in Europe (and a large chunk elsewhere, too), it’s also really difficult to reuse or recycle into high-grade secondary material. Today, we’re bringing you a scoop on a Swiss family-owned company who’s riding this challenge with a new AI powered sorting solution.

Eberhard’s quest to circulate and retain the complete value of C&D waste

Did you know that after water, concrete is the most used resource of the world? And that mixed demolition waste is mostly used as a low grade material, or even landfilled? The Eberhard Group, adamant to turn this grim take-make-dispose line into a planet friendly and profitable circle, just opened a fully automated recycling plant integrated with smart robots to recover valuable high-purity materials from C&D waste as we speak—or read.

“Our new EbiMIK plant sorts mixed demolition waste in all its components. This boosts circular economy because each valuable material can be reused individually. Robots with artificial intelligence play an important role in this revolutionary new facility,” says Patric van der Haegen, Division Head Development from the Eberhard Group.

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This time on the blog, we want to introduce to you a novel recycling plant based entirely on robotic technology that’s shaking up the industry as we know it.

And there’s more! This recovered material is converted into new circular building material that gives its virgin counterpart a run for its money. The new zirkulit® concrete produced and developed by Eberhard Group shares the same mechanical and chemical qualities as conventional concrete, while saving 10 kilograms of CO2 emissions per cubic meter and using almost 7% less cement. Isn’t that neat?

“Eberhard was one of the first operators to see the possibilities of AI-based sorting in improving the efficiency and profitability of waste management. We are proud to be part of this exceptional facility that applies our smart waste management solutions while helping to reduce CO2 emissions significantly”, adds ZenRobotics’ CEO Jarmo Ruohonen.

Robots at work

ZenRobotics’ heavy duty robots do the hard and dirty job at this plant. They pick up to 12,000 items per hour with up to 30kg weight, separating mineral materials and foreign impurities from mixed C&D streams. The new plant sorts 200 tons of mixed demolition in a single hour, but these robot sorters don’t get tired. Instead, they can operate around the clock. ⏰

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How can I get in on the action?

We believe that AI-based sorting should be accessible for everyone – and make life easier from the get go. That’s why you can also get the full benefits of robotic sorting with no changes to your existing infrastructure or processes. With a fully autonomous standalone robot sorting line, you get all the needed equipment such as conveyors and feeding bunkers in one quick installation. That means that you can start sorting waste fractions from wood, plastics, metals, inert and more at a very low operating cost pronto.

So if you’re looking for innovative ways to improve the efficiency and profitability of your waste management plant, let’s talk about AI-powered robots.