Plastic Bottles - By Jonathan Chng

Plastic A.I. Assisted Collection for Recycling

We decided it was time that we conduct research that is both meaningful as well as helpful to the community around us and the rest of our world. Mainly though, we are concerned with our country, the United States and its Plastic use.

As you may already know, we are addicted to the use of plastics. The answer to this is not just stop using plastic all together. No the real answer depends on how we become more responsible when using plastic.

Recycling Numbers

The average US population throws away 50% of all the plastics made after one time use. This is the issue here. Throwing away into the trash for decomposition is almost impossible, since most plastics take 1,000 years or more to decompose naturally. Our landfills are filling up very fast. When plastic is mixed with the rest of the trash, it becomes near impossible to extract. It might be possible, but very costly. It would be much cheaper to just buy virgin plastic rather than buying recycled pellets.

Infographic: Plastic Recycling Still Has A Long Way To Go   | Statista
Source: Statista.com

Our current recycling techniques are not equipped for what we are about to discuss, that is the trash that we were sending overseas to be recycled is now back to the US. So now the US must deal with its own trash. It is time that we take responsible actions. This starts with the consumer and ends with the manufacturers.

Current Plastic Recycling Process

Complicated recycling process have raised the potential for costly collections of plastics. Simply tossing a plastic bottle in a green container is not the solution. A multi-step process must be followed by the consumer to properly recycle a plastic bottle. First, remove the cap, followed by the label and place the bottle and its elements in the can. A lot of consumers do not have knowledge of how this process works. The consumers as the first actors of recycling process are the problem here. How do we ensure that the plastics that are being collected, are collected correctly and therefore would make the recycling job much easier and less costly?

By using A.I. a solution might just be steps away. We’ve built an algorithm that is based on probabilities and their outcomes of what the best possible solution might be.

We think that we might have found the answer, and it starts with the consumer themselves. This is a teaser… within the next week or so. We will post another blog post that will reveal what we have accomplished!

In the meantime, feel free to post a comment or contact us directly!

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