Baetsen: Improving waste sorting methods

Baetsen is a large C&D and C&I recycler in Holland. The company processes over 150,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste per year. Baetsen operates in one of the world’s strictest markets with compelling regulation for recycling.

Challenge: finding and holding on to good personnel

Before installing the robotic sorting system, Baetsen was heavily tied to manual sorting personnel. In addition, finding new employees was difficult, expensive and the turnover of current staff was too high. So, the company wanted to find alternatives for improving waste sorting methods and ways to reduce its dependency on manual sorting for the years to come. 

Solution: Robots working side-by-side with motivated personnel

Known to be a true pioneer in waste processing, Baetsen was one of the first customers to invest in robotic sorting. Following a discussion and an analysis of Baetsen’s current and future needs, the company decided to install a ZenRobotics Recycler (ZRR) unit to its facilities in Son, the Netherlands, in 2013. In addition, the site was upgraded with two Next Generation ZRR’s in early 2015.

As a result, today the ZRR system works side-by-side with manual sorters. Robots recover mainly wood, ferrous and non-ferrous fractions and inert fractions. Baetsen’s personnel is happy and proud to work together with the robots. Working conditions at the site have also improved because the robots do the heaviest parts of the work.

Key benefits:

  • Reduced dependency on sorting personnel.
  • Increased job satisfaction and occupational safety.
  • Robots work with non-stop accuracy and speed.

Customer quote:

“We believe that robotic sorting will bring a considerable business advantage to waste recycling companies that aim to be forerunners in a challenging market situation. The robotic system brings endurance a human just cannot deliver: non-stop accuracy and speed. We believe that robotic sorting will lower our costs, while continuity will increase.”