Baetsen Recycling bv, Son, the Netherlands, has purchased what it says is the world's first robotic recycling system, ZenRobotics Recycler (ZRR), in the Netherlands. The equipment is valued at more than €1 million ($1.28 million). The system will be installed starting in February 2013 at Baetsen's recycling plant in Son. The demands of installing the robotic recycling system will be met by the waste management technology experts Busschers Recycling Techniek, Haaksbergen.
The ZenRobotics Recycler system reclaims valuable raw materials from construction and demolition (C&D) debris using industrial robots controlled with artificial intelligence. Baetsen Recycling says it aims to be a front-runner in innovative recycling technology.
“The increasing shortages in raw material supply, the under-utilized potential in waste materials and the complexities in manual waste sorting all demand a permanent, sustainable solution,” says Hans van Roosmalen, CEO, Baetsen Group. “Baetsen is taking the lead in recovering valuable fractions from waste. In the EU, materials recovery and resource efficiency are increasingly prioritized, and regulation in the near future will further focus in this area. Robotic recycling is the future: it is more efficient, cleaner, and safer than existing methods.”
ZenRobotics Ltd. is a high-end environmental technology company based in Helsinki, Finland. ZenRobotics makes ZenRobotics Recycler™, an AI-controlled robotic recycling system. Currently the ZRR system reclaims valuable raw materials from C&D debris. ZRR is marketed globally through a reseller network in 49 countries.
“ZenRobotics Recycler is an energy-efficient system for picking raw materials from waste,” says Rainer Rehn, CCO, ZenRobotics Ltd. “The system has a highly lucrative payback time. We see ZenRobotics Recycler as the solution for the raw materials shortage already felt globally. Baetsen's region of operations upholds one the world's strictest environmental requirements, so this is a first-class design win for ZenRobotics.”
The Baetsen Group has grown into an organization with operations in transport, recycling, containers, crane rental, building materials and plastics. In all its services for companies, municipal governments and private individuals, the company says sustainability is a high priority. This is reflected in, among other things, one of the company's core activities: recycling. Every year almost one million tons of waste is being recycled into raw materials for reuse.
All Baetsen's working methods and the usage of materials and machines are targeted towards easing the pressure on the environment and creating a clearer, healthier world, says the company.