Learning from Robotics Missteps in Rolling Out AI in Waste Management

Like many industries, there’s little doubt that 2024 was the year AI took the waste management sector by storm. It has been the topic du jour in media headlines and on the waste management event circuit—from WasteExpo to IFAT. But even with the overwhelmingly positive response from MRFs that realise AI can help boost recycling rates, maximise material purity, and increase revenue, there has been some trepidation about adopting the latest technology on the block.

The legacy infrastructure within the waste management industry can make it challenging to implement and adopt new technologies quickly, but that doesn’t mean the industry is a stranger to implementing tech solutions.

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