Why The United States Is Turning To Recycling Robots

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  • Published on:  Saturday, July 20, 2019
  • For decades, the United States and other wealthy countries have been dependent on China to buy and process almost half of the world’s plastic waste. Now, stricter recycling standards in China mean its cheaper for some US cities to simply send recyclables to the dump rather than pay a higher fee to process them. That’s why a number of researchers and tech companies are working on robots to make US recycling more efficient.*** Correction *** at 2:19 we describe the capacity of the Mobro 4000 as 3,000 pounds. The actual capacity is 3,000 tons. » Subscribe to CNBC: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBC» Subscribe to CNBC TV: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCtelevision» Subscribe to CNBC Classic: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCclassicAbout CNBC: From 'Wall Street' to 'Main Street' to award winning original documentaries and Reality TV series, CNBC has you covered. Experience special sneak peeks of your favorite shows, exclusive video and more.Connect with CNBC News OnlineGet the latest news: https://www.cnbc.com/Follow CNBC on LinkedIn: https://cnb.cx/LinkedInCNBCFollow CNBC News on Facebook: https://cnb.cx/LikeCNBCFollow CNBC News on Twitter: https://cnb.cx/FollowCNBCFollow CNBC News on Instagram: https://cnb.cx/InstagramCNBC#CNBCWhy The United States Is Turning To Recycling Robots


  • Zenn Lozanno
    Zenn Lozanno  1 months ago +1393

    Well.. It's looks like we gonna get Wall-E a little bit earlier

  • Genius by Design
    Genius by Design  1 months ago +419

    How about we make LESS packaging ?

  • Sunset Rider
    Sunset Rider  1 months ago +718

    Good to see that smart people are still trying to solve our problems though innovation and invention!

  • Wicked 1323
    Wicked 1323  1 months ago +311

    They should thank China for making America face its broken system. 👍🏼

  • LORDE 2729
    LORDE 2729  1 months ago +287

    i really like these new video formats of showing all the content table and then going through them one by one. good job cnbc

  • Baljeet Bhachu
    Baljeet Bhachu  1 months ago +146

    why aren't manufacturers and packaging producers making their products easier to sort? Eg starbucks could incorporate visible markings like barcodes identifying paper or plastic cups. They should also recognise the value of the raw materials they use and pay for the recycling thus reducing the burden on cities eg amazon pays to recycle cardboard boxes and in turn receives recycled cardboard for reuse

  • Kenneth FC
    Kenneth FC  28 days ago +93

    just be more like Japan. Sort your damn recycling.

  • gustavo37209
    gustavo37209  1 months ago +248

    could probably require manufacturers to take pictures of their products in several states(intact, cut up, crushed) and submit them to a database that these robots use to determine their make up.
    even small QR codes or Machine Identification Code that would not stand out to consumers.

  • Tristan Möller
    Tristan Möller  1 months ago +221

    Good research and nice interviews. Next time, please don’t replay the exact same clip twice in the video. Repetition wastes our time. Thank you

  • Dylan Hyper fan
    Dylan Hyper fan  1 months ago +246

    Please just put glass metal plastic and paper in different bins.

  • R J
    R J  1 months ago +37

    Sheer greed by nations & companies , in 60 n 70's the packaging material could be recycled or were bio-degradable , jute was the most used material , its an agricultural product , it was safe n reusable , the bottles could be reused , so were the metals & paper products , the advent of plastics changed the entire culture , it killed the jute industries all around the world , plastics r a huge pollutants while being made & cause serious harm to the environment , now the land sea n oceans are drowning in them , the future is grim unless some stringent measures r adopted .

  • Marcus Jarvis
    Marcus Jarvis  28 days ago +55

    I Had 2 Do This Job As A Prisoner On Work Release On Lackawanna Country 🤦🏾‍♂️🤷🏽‍♂️ This Is One Job The Robots Can HAVE 😂

  • Shawn
    Shawn  1 months ago +102

    That looks like way more than 3,000 pounds of garbage.

  • i got DiBz
    i got DiBz  1 months ago +98

    I remember when recyclables used to be separated. Cans/bottles and paper were separated. I can't remember when that stopped where I live. WM is our trash/recycles collector.

  • Bob Sinha
    Bob Sinha  21 days ago +23

    8 streams of wastes:
    1. Paper
    2. Plastic
    3. Metal
    4. Glass
    5. E-waste
    6. Bio-hazards/contaminated wastes
    7. Wood/textiles/composites
    8. Compostables

  • Nicolas Berney
    Nicolas Berney  1 months ago +30

    Learned a lot. Let's make the consumer more responsible so we don't have to spend so much money down the line.

  • A E
    A E  1 months ago +40

    Think she meant to say 3000 tons

  • Natalia Livonof
    Natalia Livonof  28 days ago +23

    In Denmark we recykel about 95% of our garbage, so if we can then evryone els also can.

  • Shiuan Dai
    Shiuan Dai  1 months ago +106

    everyone should have the responsibility to recycle including the tiny trash . Germany is really a good example,sets a standard for citizens

  • Caleb Boeve
    Caleb Boeve  1 months ago +66

    Why not just stop using the single stream recycling?