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The ZenRobotics Recycler can sort trash by material type and distinguish between waste products.

The ZenRobotics Recycler is a robotic arm that can sort trash by material type, and can distinguish between waste using sensors, scales, and infrared cameras. Tech company ZenRobotics will be installing the Recyclers at several sites in Finland this year, and it could make manual sorting a thing of the past.

CNN reports that it separates construction materials on a conveyer belt, picking out the recyclable materials and depositing them in bins for collection. The Recycler identifies different types of waste using weight measurement, 3D scanning, tactile assessment and spectrometer analysis, sorting through the objects and distributing them into surrounding chutes.

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