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Norway's first AI-powered robotic sorting station for industrial waste


Norwegian waste management frontrunner Bjorstaddalen has opened the country’s first robotic sorting facility for C&D and C&I waste in the municipality of Skien in Norway. The fully automated robotic sorting station supplied by ZenRobotics features robotic arms that perform up to 6000 picks per hour. The robotic sorting station is set up as a standalone waste sorting process connected to Bjorstaddalen’s existing material recycling facility that has a total capacity of 150 000 tons per year.

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Major move from waste incineration towards a circular economy.
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Robots enabled a dramatic increase in material recovery.
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New sorted fractions bringing an influx of new customers.

Robots enable a dramatic increase in material recovery


By investing in AI and robot technologies, Bjorstaddalen aims to become a leader in material recycling in Norway. The robotic sorting station will substantially increase material recovery, reducing waste incineration and making a major leap toward the circular economy.

"We want to be at the forefront and are constantly looking for better solutions for handling industrial waste."

Sindre Hauen,
Executive Vice President at Bjorstaddalen.

New sorted fractions bring new customers


The intelligent sorting robots are able to recover fractions that are currently recycled at the facility such as A, B and C wood, non-metals, hard plastics, black plastics and inert. However, Bjorstaddalen sees even bigger opportunities in the future. They are currently developing and ramping up the robotic sorting line to identify different kinds of recycled waste. The company has already entered into agreements with several customers who want to use the sorted fractions as raw material.

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About Bjorstaddalen

Bjorstaddalen Avfallsanlegg AS was founded on 4. September 2014, and is owned by Skien municipality. The group consists of the holding company Bjorstaddalen Avfallsanlegg with the subsidiaries Næring og Husholdning. Bjorstaddalen Næring is a purely commercial company and the driver company in the group, while Bjorstaddalen Husholdning is a non-profit company and works according to the cost principle.
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About ZenRobotics

ZenRobotics - A Terex Brand, is the leading supplier of intelligent sorting robots for the waste industry and the first company to apply AI-based sorting robots to a complex waste-sorting environment. Our intelligent robots, powered by our very own advanced AI software, make recycling more efficient, accurate and profitable. Our ambition is to make the circular economy a reality by turning global waste into clean raw materials.

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