ISRI member AMP Robotics continues growing with one of its large customers in the collection, transfer, and disposal business. Since late 2020, The Woodlands, Texas-based Waste Connections has booked or deployed 50 of AMP’s high-speed robotics systems on plastics, fiber, and residue lines, becoming the largest operator of artificial intelligence (AI)-guided robotics in the industry.

“We’ve worked tirelessly to deliver AI and robotics systems that modernize today’s recycling operations by increasing productivity, stabilizing costs, and improving the quality and value of recycled commodities,” says Matanya Horowitz, AMP Robotics’ founder and CEO. “We remain committed to the continuous enhancement of our AI and automation solutions to stay ahead of industry challenges, exceed customer expectations, and support the industry’s sustainability and climate goals.”

AMP’s technology identifies and recovers plastics, cardboard, paper, cans, cartons, and other containers and packaging types reclaimed for raw material processing. AMP recovers a portfolio of plastics numbered 1–7 under the ASTM International Resin Identification Coding System in many sizes and shapes, colors, and opacities with high precision and purity. PET and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) account for most of the recycled plastic demand, with growing interest in polypropylene.

The ability to precisely separate different plastics and other recyclables with AI-driven sorting is helping recyclers meet the soaring need for enough high-quality recycled content from brands and packaging producers. “We’re excited to expand our relationship with AMP,” says Dan Kurtz, Waste Connections’ director of recycling. “We’re impressed by the reliability of the robotics systems and the quality of the end product.”

Denver-based AMP has more than 230 deployments of its equipment in more than 80 facilities across three continents.

Photo courtesy of AMP Robotics. Caption: AMP Cortex™ is a high-speed, intelligent robotics system developed by AMP Robotics.