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Robotic Recycling of Landfills


I think I have a profitable idea for robot manufacturers and enthusiasts. The basic idea is that recycling is profitable, and they are a lot of recyclables in landfills. The problem is finding a cost effective and safe system to identify and separate these recyclables.

That's were robots can be used. These robots can be part of a conveyor belt system or crawling machines that hunt or identify recyclables, remove them from the rest of the unusable and unprofitable garbage, and placed in the appropriate storage containers by type (paper products in one container, aluminum in another container, etc.).


I think this should probably be easy to do for individual items that are completely recyclable, such as newspapers, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, organic waste used for compost and fertilizer, and glass bottles. However trash made of several materials, such as a television, refrigerator, electronics, etc. all have recyclable parts. Robots could take apart or shred these pieces of junk into smaller pieces separating the recyclable and non-recyclable components.

I think these types of sorting robots would be very profitable, and it is only a matter of time before we see landfills around the world decreasing in size and lessening the environmental impact of chopping down trees, mining ore, making more plastic, and other damage to the planet.

by Phil for Humanity
on 09/10/2010

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