Recycling with Artificial Intelligence

Universidad Austral (Argentina)

Problem:

80% of waste is able to be reintroduced into the circular economy, not only this is a challenge regarding pollution but also an opportunity for sustainable business development. In Buenos Aires, 70% of waste does not go to any recycling process due to civil society not separating their waste. One of the main causes is not knowing what is recyclable or not.

Idea:

Using an Artificial Intelligence model through image recognition, we intend to design different solutions such as: - Consultation app/chatbot for people regarding recyclables - Use of robotics in waste separation centers to identify and separate recyclables - Smart bins Also, recyclable material collection generates jobs for homeless people in Buenos Aires City. More recyclable, more people out of the streets.

Main Beneficiaries:

Civil Society 44 Million in Argentina - Only in Buenos Aires City, daily waste is equivalent to 1130 elephants Second-hand producers (eg. 3D printing material producers) Governments

Stage:

Inspiration and ideation

SDG:

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality


University:

Universidad Austral (Argentina)