Recycling – Use of Artificial Intelligence

On January 8, 2021, Unilever and the Alibaba Group announced  “… an Al-enabled recycling system that automatically identifies and sorts [and stores] plastic packaging … called Waste-Free World … Each machine is equipped with state-of-the-art AI technology which automatically identifies different kinds of plastic … All that customers need to do is … scan the QR code displayed on the screen of the machine and then deposit the bottle into the recycling bin … the machine … identifies the plastic the bottle is made of, sorts it and stores it, so that it can be collected … consumers earn Unilever coupons and green energy points on … Alipay …”

– Unilever noted that “… ‘Plastic has its place, but it should not cause environmental pollution’ … By 2025, we will make an absolute reduction of 100,000 tons in plastic use and promote the use of recyclable plastic … We believe Waste-Free World … will become the ‘green engine’ of the circular economy for plastic packaging in China …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #FoodPackaging #Unilever #Alibaba #AI #Recycling