New Robotic Sorting System for French Recycler

Through its subsidiary Etiaor the Norwegian-based company Vow ASA will supply a robotic sorting system powered by artificial intelligence (AI) to French recycler Paprec.

The system was ordered by the French-based company and Bianna Recycling, the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor for Paprec’s recycling plant La Courneuve in the North of France. The AI-powered robot will be sorting demolition material, mainly wood and concrete, Vow ASA informed. The unit, named Ascodero Intelligent Robotic Sorting System (AIRSS), would detect and sort 1,000 units per hour in a stream of 1,400 kilograms/hour of various materials.

As stated, the market for waste sorting of construction and demolition material in France is large. In 2020, a total of 42 million tons of building waste was collected. With more than 16 million tons collected and 280 sites, “Paprec plays an essential role in total waste management throughout France and Switzerland”.

(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 3/2021, Page 11)