They are coming—for your trash. Sorting through 67 million tons of glass, plastic and paper is dirty, low-paid, mind-numbing work. Matanya Horowitz’s AMP Robotics wants to take humans off the job.

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At an RDS of Virginia recycling center in Roanoke, two spider-like, 300-pound robots sort through an unending line of trash. One robot’s skinny leg, which relies on computer vision to detect recyclables, plucks a hunk of blue plastic off a conveyor belt, while the other’s grabs a piece of an old water bottle. The machine then places those bits into sorting bins using a vacuum gripper.

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United States                
Published in 2020
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For the nation’s 600-plus recycling facilities, which process some 67 million tons of waste, these leggy robots from AMP Robotics are one answer to the current bottlenecks facing the industry. Even before Covid-19 struck, AMP Robotics was starting to gain traction. But as boxes from home deliveries piled up at recycling centers and hiring—already a tough proposition—got even tougher as workers feared getting ill, AMP’s business boomed.
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