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Development of a Prototype Automated Sorting System for Plastic Recycling

D. A. Wahab, A. Hussain, E. Scavino, M. M. Mustafa and H. Basri


Automated sorting for plastic recyclables has been seen as the way forward in the plastic recycling industry. Automated sorting provides significant improvements in terms of efficiency and consistency in the sorting process. In the case of macro sorting, which is the most common type of automated sorting, efficiency is determined by the mechanical details of the material handling system as well as the detection system. This paper provides a review on the state of-the-art technologies that have been deployed by some of the recycling facilities abroad. The design and development of a cost effective prototype automated system for sorting plastic recyclables is proposed and discussed.

American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 3 No. 7, 2006, 1924-1928


Submitted On: 28 July 2006 Published On: 31 July 2006

How to Cite: Wahab, D. A., Hussain, A., Scavino, E., Mustafa, M. M. & Basri, H. (2006). Development of a Prototype Automated Sorting System for Plastic Recycling. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 3(7), 1924-1928.

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  • Automated sorting
  • image processing
  • material handling
  • plastic recyclables
  • recycling