Norway’s first AI-powered robotic sorting station for industrial waste
Norwegian waste management frontrunner Bjorstaddalen has opened the country’s first robotic sorting facility for C&D and C&I waste in the municipality of Skien in Norway. The fully automated robotic sorting station supplied by ZenRobotics features robotic arms that perform up to 6000 picks per hour. The robotic sorting station is set up as a standalone waste sorting process connected to Bjorstaddalen’s existing material recycling facility that has a total capacity of 150 000 tons per year.
Major move from waste incineration towards a circular economy
Robots enabled a dramatic increase in material recovery
New sorted fractions bringing an influx of new customers
Robots enable a dramatic increase in material recovery
By investing in AI and robot technologies, Bjorstaddalen aims to become a leader in material recycling in Norway. The robotic sorting station will substantially increase material recovery, reducing waste incineration and making a major leap toward the circular economy.
New sorted fractions bring new customers
The intelligent sorting robots are able to recover fractions that are currently recycled at the facility such as A, B and C wood, non-metals, hard plastics, black plastics and inert. However, Bjorstaddalen sees even bigger opportunities in the future. They are currently developing and ramping up the robotic sorting line to identify different kinds of recycled waste. The company has already entered into agreements with several customers who want to use the sorted fractions as raw material.
Bjorstaddalen Avfallsanlegg AS was founded on 4. September 2014, and is owned by Skien municipality. The group consists of the holding company Bjorstaddalen Avfallsanlegg with the subsidiaries Næring og Husholdning. Bjorstaddalen Næring is a purely commercial company and the driver company in the group, while Bjorstaddalen Husholdning is a non-profit company and works according to the cost principle.
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.
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