The problem with recycling

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  • Published on:  Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Since China implemented stricter purity standards on the recycled goods they're willing to buy, recycling facilities are turning to A.I. and robotics to reduce contamination and maximize profits in a transforming industry.

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  • Kristy Schoenberg
    Kristy Schoenberg  14 days ago

    Recycling isn't the answer - we need to go zero waste from the start! @t makes that easy!

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  • G Sterling
    G Sterling  2 months ago

    Most people can't admit they aren't very smart and just "feel" their decisions. They "feel" they are reducing their carbon footprint when they plug the car into the wall rather than the gas pump. Forget about the local power plant and all the transmission and charging inefficiencies. Same for recycling. They feel good when they put their bin at the curb and then fool themselves through ignorance that something good is happening to that stuff.

  • Social Relativity
    Social Relativity  2 months ago

    ''there is no recycling without restructure''

  • lady80sbaby
    lady80sbaby  2 months ago

    Real life wall-e

  • clavo
    clavo  2 months ago

    WE need to start building robots that can make a house out of recycled plastic. Nothing fancy just a basic 3 BR 1 bath house with a rain water harvester in the middle and a roof that drains that way. Since plastic is toxic when it burns it will need a built in sprinkler system and a fire detection thingy too.

  • Louise Fitzgerald
    Louise Fitzgerald  2 months ago

    Imagine if we just stopped buying bottled water !!! We never used these 30 years ago.

  • K. Ganesan Ganesan
    K. Ganesan Ganesan  2 months ago

    Recycling involving another Environmentalproblem.
    Digestible with bacterias.

  • Flower Powerwillwin
    Flower Powerwillwin  2 months ago

    Problem with recycling=humans

  • judas brute
    judas brute  2 months ago

    when I get a salad or sandwich from Subway I bring back (reuse) the same plastic salad container or sandwich bag.

  • Marks Alot
    Marks Alot  2 months ago



    I drink alot of bottled spring water and have 5 black bin liners full of them. Are local recycaling locations require that there are no labels of lids. So sorting the bottles takes a long time and I know most people definitely do not recycle like I do.

  • TheUtuber999
    TheUtuber999  2 months ago +3

    We need to go back to glass bottles for beverages, and recycle those, like we did until the late 70's.

  • Brian Betron
    Brian Betron  2 months ago +1

    When that Dr is talk remove the music to make him easier to understand.

  • Baruch Ben-David
    Baruch Ben-David  2 months ago

    I hope his robotics are better than his webcam.

  • Thomas Hill
    Thomas Hill  2 months ago

    The biggest problem we have it that the city is to easy on polluters, fines are not the way PUTTING offenders on a work program 6 hours of community clean up. We must make people responsible for not respecting their city. Reuse plastic bottles for storing things like spices, pasta, nuts, buttons, screws, bolts, nails, peanuts butter jars, mayonnaise jars.

  • Morten Skogly
    Morten Skogly  2 months ago

    Recylcleable, not recycled...

    The Norwegian firm Tomta has machines for sorting that uses NIR to identify fastmoving trash and air to push it out.

  • Mr. Envythusiast
    Mr. Envythusiast  2 months ago

    Pls check the recycling systems of japan...they segregate everything like a needle to the big carton boxes.

    So the segregation would be the best way to recycling

  • 🔴Warped🔴
    🔴Warped🔴  2 months ago +1

    Sometimes your regular trash bin is the recycling bin it goes. 🤣

  • peter bourke
    peter bourke  2 months ago

    This is a great video (LHRD=Lactote Home Recycling Depot)

    1. The answer, in large part, for capturing the Ocean small plastic bits is the no cost LHRD. There will need to be drop off points like Waste Transfer Stations using bins made from waste plastic for the mixed ingots. Yes the LHRD will take all the plastic films the guy is talking about. And the flexibles will be compacted in the bottle making them less of a fire hazard amongst other things.

    2. AI will handle the larger rigids like bottles and such. Plus sort aluminium cans, glass bottles and paper.

    3. Disposable diapers should be discouraged and a return to washable nappies encouraged

    4. We need more people with end market product option knowledge to get the ‘end-use’ markets developed for the industrial post-consumer plastic waste. I have designed numerous very large items for Integrated Recycling which are currently in use across Australasia.

    5. We should ban the use of timber in transport pallets – plus all outdoor bollards and similar that don’t require structural certification – change to waste plastic options.

    6. We need more plastic Extrusion/Moulding operations +61499008862