CleanRobotics is dedicated to developing and taking to market technology based solutions to persistent environmental problems. Founded in 2015, we observed how difficult it was to accurately separate waste from recyclables at the point of disposal and the devastating impacts this had on material recovery. After looking at the decreasing costs of sensors, robotic components and enhanced access to AI algorithms, we thought "maybe we can cheaply build a robot that does this better than humans?" After two accelerators, many prototypes and years of trial and error, we have developed TrashBot, an autonomous system that makes recycling affordable for businesses and profitable for recycling plants. Using robotics, computer vision, and artificial intelligence it detects and separates landfill waste from recyclables while gathering useful data for recyclers, and replacing expensive commercial waste receptacles.
Our software utilizes computer-vision, objection recognition, and AI in conjunction with multiple sensors to recognize objects with accuracy greater than that achieved by the general public. In addition to product recognition, the sensor technology uniquely captures weight and metal content data with additional capabilities in the pipeline. Since every piece of trash is a unique data point, we anticipate collecting massive amounts of data. TrashBot is uniquely positioned to address human confusion and the contaminated recyclables that result at the point of disposal. We are going to market with units designed for high-traffic, public facilities such as stadiums, malls, airports, and convention centers. These facilities spend more on waste bins and are limited by the public’s low recycling accuracy, thus making them prime targets. We are focusing on regions, both domestically and abroad, with favorable regulatory environments, cultural fit, and recycling economics.