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TOMRA’s Triple Presence at RWM to Highlight Circular Economy Technologies

Visitors to this year’s RWM Exhibition from 11 to 12 September at the NEC Birmingham, UK will have the opportunity to find out about TOMRA’s reverse vending and sensor-based sorting solutions, as well as the company’s opinion’s on the future of Artificial Intelligence in the recycling industry.

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Visitors to this year’s RWM Exhibition from 11 to 12 September at the NEC Birmingham, UK will have the opportunity to find out about TOMRA’s reverse vending and sensor-based sorting solutions, as well as the company’s opinion’s on the future of Artificial Intelligence in the recycling industry.

Experts from TOMRA’s Collection and Sorting teams will be on hand across two TOMRA stands (R58 and S73) to highlight the company’s latest innovations in sensor-based sorting technology for boosting purity levels of target materials, and reverse vending solutions for incentivising recycling as part of the UK’s forthcoming deposit return schemes.

Attendees will also have the chance to hear TOMRA’s predictions for the potential impact of AI (Artificial Intelligence) on the future of sensor-based sorting. Daniel Bender, Team Leader Deep Learning at TOMRA Sorting, will deliver a seminar that explores the basic concepts of Deep Learning algorithms and explains how AI can be used to enhance MRF performance in the field of sensor-based sorting.  The seminar will take place on the second day of the show (Thursday, 12 September ) at 12:30-13:00 within the RWM Theatre, which is sponsored by Ecolo.

With a presence in the UK since 2007, earlier this year, the company announced its plans to open a brand-new UK facility, TOMRA House, on the outskirts of Leicester in the East Midlands. The 1800sq feet double-storey facility has been designed as a Centre of Excellence for service provision to TOMRA’s customers.

“This year’s RWM is taking place at an exciting time in the UK’s recycling industry,” said Brian Gist, Head of TOMRA Sorting UK. “There’s still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the impact of Brexit, and there’s certainly market volatility for some materials, but at the same time, we’re witnessing an underlying confidence across the industry, with companies recognising the need to undertake large-scale upgrades to MRFs and, in some cases, develop new build facilities to meet the increasingly stringent quality demands of end customers. 

“With the high recycling targets set out in Defra’s Resources and Waste Strategy, the UK’s waste management industry has no option but to improve the volume and quality of material collected for reprocessing,” he continued.

“Sensor-based sorting can play a crucial role in both maximising the recovery of collected material and achieving higher purity rates, helping the UK to move closer towards a circular economy model. As such, we anticipate a very busy couple of days at TOMRA’s stands during this year’s show,” concluded Gist.

Truls Haug, Managing Director of TOMRA Collection UK & Ireland, added: “At RWM we will be demonstrating how our reverse vending technology can play a role in the UK’s resource revolution. The Scottish Government has already unveiled plans for a comprehensive deposit return scheme (DRS), with the rest of the UK recently announcing its intention to introduce a similarly ambitious scheme following further consultations.”

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