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RGS Nordic invests in robotic sorting plant for C&D waste

RGS Nordic invests in robotic sorting plant for C&D waste
An artist's rendering of the standalone ZenRobotics and Terex Recycling Systems automated construction and demolition waste sorting line which will be installed at an RGS Nordic waste processing facility in Copenhagen, Denmark (image courtesy RGS Nordic).

Denmark-based waste management company RGS Nordic A/S  is taking a significant step towards turning construction and demolition (C&D) waste into resources with an advanced robotic sorting plant set to be installed centrally in Copenhagen.

RGS Nordic processes and recycles up to one-third of Denmark’s total construction waste annually. Soon the company will take a major technological step forward in the way it handles construction waste in Copenhagen and the surrounding area to ensure better sorting and increased recycling.

This is done in collaboration with ZenRobotics and Terex Recycling Systems, both part of US-headed Terex Corporation, which will supply a fully automated plant for the purpose that will be installed at one of RGS Nordic’s waste processing facilities in Copenhagen.

We are investing in a state-of-the-art sorting plant aimed at construction waste which cannot be sorted out well enough at construction sites. Using robotic technology, we want to ensure that valuable waste resources end up higher in the waste hierarchy, while better supporting our customers with accurate waste data that helps them document their sustainability efforts within the area of waste. We believe that there is great untapped potential in utilizing technology in our sector and that the robotic sorting facility will therefore be crucial in achieving increased circularity for the construction industry, said Rasmus Brødsgaard Buch, COO at RGS Nordic.

Increased recycling, safety, and efficiency

The facility’s robots can work around the clock, making up to 9,200 picks per hour, and handle objects weighing up to 40 kilos.

The fact that the plant is fully automated also increases the safety of the employees who work with the waste streams, as they often do not come into direct contact with the waste.

The quality and quantity of waste that is recycled is also improved by the AI-powered robots, which continuously improve in recognizing valuable waste resources and can be adapted to sorting tasks, in line with customer demand and market opportunities.

There is a growing demand for more efficient waste management and documented resource recycling rather than downcycling of materials, and a robotic sorting plant of this caliber can deliver on both parameters. We are proud to announce that the plant we are supplying to RGS Nordic will be equipped with a brand new generation of powerful AI robots that effectively recognize and sort out waste resources. Now we look forward to establishing the facility in the coming months and assisting RGS Nordic with the operation, Dr Jarmo Ruohonen, General Manager of ZenRobotics.

The coming RGS Nordic robotic sorting plant the value of which has not been disclosed, is scheduled to be operational by the summer of 2024.

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