Zanker turns to robots to boost its recycling rates

ZenRobotics and Plexus Recycling Technologies are to deliver robotic recycling systems to Zanker Recycling of San José in the US state of California. The ZenRobotics Recycler units will be the first to be installed on the US west coast and are scheduled to be operational by the autumn.

Zanker Recycling handles 2600 tons per day of construction and demolition waste, processed through three recycling systems. By purchasing a fourth processing line featuring the ZenRobotics systems, Zanker Recycling ‘will increase both recovery rate and processing capacity’.

Each of the four arms on the two ZenRobotics Recyclers will be picking objects weighing up to 30 kg. Material feeding will be highly automated.

‘The ZenRobotics Brain will control the plant to allow a very smooth-running operation, automatically maximising recovery, capacity and efficiency,’ states Zanker Recycling’s director of sustainability Michael Gross.

Denver-based PRT supplies an array of advanced waste processing technologies to the US and Canadian markets, including those devised by Finland-based ZenRobotics.

PRT’s ceo Marcel Vallen comments: ‘Robots are now proven technology and the growth potential on the US market is substantial. We expect that virtually all new plants will be based on robotic sorting - and existing plants will be upgraded with robots. Robots are the most dramatic paradigm change in the recycling industry for decades.’


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