A major part of enabling a circular economy is closing material loops. G-STIC 2017 demonstrated the importance of innovative technologies such as advanced sorting systems in driving the closure of these material loops. To enable re-use, re-manufacturing and high-quality recycling of products, sorting systems need to be able to identify and characterise materials in mixed complex waste streams.
The advanced sorting systems use combined detection systems and machine learning to allow high-quality and high-throughput treatment of material flows. The smart analysis and interpretation of data provides detailed information of complex waste flows. The use of robotics opens new possibilities for the dismantling and separation. Additionally it allows for continuous processing of materials. The combination of smart characterisation and automated sorting will open up new possibilities for the production of high-quality materials for recycling, re-manufacturing and re-use.
At G-STIC 2018 we thus want to explore the innovative sorting and characterisation technologies that are at the forefront, and which provide a new basis for closing material loops. With international speakers introducing and explaining their digital technologies, we hope to generate a dialogue on the distribution of these innovative technologies across the world, the challenges they bring, and how these challenges differ per region of the world. Moreover, we hope to discuss the opportunities generated by these technologies to enable further (or more rapid) implementation of a circular economy. This session will include presentations from revolutionising businesses and organisations including Apple, TOMRA, Recycleye and VITO.
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