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Product description

The goal is to develop a proof-of-concept prototype that uses low-cost technologies and minimal energy. It will take the form of a self-contained unit that can then be integrated into recycling containers, where it would detect and identify waste, count the number of items, and estimate the size of the items. The project objectives are a complete prototype for glass and proof-of-concept for paper.

Product history

Terradona, Leti, and four engineering firms worked together to develop a truly unique material characterization system capable of transforming our recycling bins into smart robots. This innovative material recognition system immediately identifies items placed inside a recycling container. Put an end to paper in the glass recycling bin once and for all! The result is enhanced sorting of all recyclables through positive behavioral reinforcement each time someone places the right waste in the right bin. The solution is designed to be practical and space-saving. It does not require the purchase of new bins and can be used with your existing bins. A universal sensor identifies, counts, and estimates the volume of recyclables for optimal waste management.

Produit infos dun produit

Financed by

Project financed by the IRT Nanoelec Easytech program, administered by Minalogic

Time to market

2,5 years




R&D: 600,000 euros; industrial transfer: 250,000 euros; commercialization: 750,000 euros

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