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Why the United States is Turning to Recycling Robots

"For decades, the United States and other wealthy countries have been dependent on China to buy and process almost half of the world’s plastic waste. Now, stricter recycling standards in China mean its cheaper for some US cities to simply send recyclables to the dump rather than pay a higher fee to process them."  - CNBC

In this video short, CNBC breaks down how recycling happens, the history of recycling, the international policy issues and hurdles, and the unique and innovative future for recycling.  One of the innovations for the future is recycling robots. This video talks about how they work and introduces the MIT student Lily Chin who created this bot.  There are thousands of challenges in the world of recycling, but there are also thousands of solutions and ideas that can help move us forward. This unique innovation is one of those solutions, and how it works is even more interesting.

Learn more about the robots recycling in the United States in this 16: 04-minute video below

*** Correction from CNBC *** at minute-2:19 we describe the capacity of the Mobro 4000 as 3,000 pounds. 

The correct capacity is 3,000 tons.

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Olivia Thomas

August 12, 2019
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