US – US-based recycling technology firm EverestLabs has signed a contract to install its RecycleOS-powered robotics cells at the Sims Municipal Recycling (SMR) Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Brooklyn, New York.

EverestLabs will install up to eight of the cells at SMR’s Sunset Park materials recovery facility (MRF) in Brooklyn, New York.

With four robotics cells installed in spring 2022 and additional units being planned in the coming months, North America’s largest commingled recycling facility is experiencing significant cost savings and increased materials recovery, according to EverestLabs.

EverestLabs said that its robotics cells and RecycleOS technology will increase rates of material recovery at SMR’s facility.

In addition, the technology will address the prevailing labor shortage by increasing human sorters, as well as provide data between MRF operators, consumer-packaged goods brands and packaging companies.

With what it calls the smallest robotics cell footprint in the industry, EverestLabs’ robots can be installed on incline belts where it’s difficult for workers to recover materials.

SMR has two robotics cells installed on its high-speed inclined belt that can increase the efficiency and accuracy of material recovery.

SMR General Manager Tom Ferretti said: “EverestLabs’ RecycleOS is a critical technology for SMR to effectively recover recyclable materials from the New York metropolitan area.

“We are experienced operators of MRFs and users of robotics in other locations. After extensive due diligence in the second half of 2021, we chose EverestLabs for our Sunset Park location.

“These installations allow us and our partners to stay committed to sustainability while also saving us on costs and enabling moving SMR’s key personnel into higher-priority positions across the plant.

“It is a win for NYC recycling as we are recovering more, for our team members, and for plant safety and efficiency.”

SMR is one of New York City’s main kerbside recycling companies, with an annual processing capacity of more than 300,000 tonnes of glass, metal and plastic.

The company’s Sunset Park MRF sorts 1,000 tonnes of materials each day and is claimed to be the largest commingled recycling facility in North America.

EverestLabs founder and CEO JD Ambati concluded: “By partnering with EverestLabs, the entire SMR organization has made New York a national model for simplifying and improving materials recovery, and most importantly protecting our environment.”

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