Suez Environnement Partners with ZenRobotics to Deliver Robotic Sorting System

ZenRobotics Recycler picks raw materials from construction and demolition waste.

October 9, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
Equipment & Products

Paris-based water and waste management firm Suez Environnement has partnered with robotics company ZenRobotics Ltd., based in Helsinki, Finland, to market the ZenRobotics Recycler (ZRR) waste sorting system.
The agreement streamlines the ZRR ordering process for Suez Environnement subsidiaries around the world. The agreement does not contain exclusivity or ownership changes between the parties.

The ZRR system is designed to pick raw materials from construction and demolition waste (ie: wood, stone and metal) safely and efficiently. Piloted by Sita Finland since 2011, the ZRR system has shown an increase in the utilization rate for the waste class from 70% to 90%, Suez reports.

"Suez Environnement is a pioneer in the uptake of innovative recycling technology,” says Christophe Cros, deputy chief executive officer of Suez Environnement in charge of Waste Europe. “We have supported ZenRobotics's R&D from the start as a pilot customer. Now we are taking the next step by employing the ZenRobotics Recycler technology on an industrial scale. Construction and demolition waste recovery is a growth and developing sector. With key references such as in Rotterdam, Suez Environnement wants to extend its activities and the ZRR will enhance the recovery rate.”

The ZenRobotics Recycler is an artificial-intelligence-controlled robotic recycling system designed to reclaim valuable raw materials from construction and demolition waste. A number of systems have been sold, the company says. The systems are installed through a global reseller network in 49 countries.