AMP Robotics Receives NWRA’s 2017 Innovator of the Year Award

The National Waste & Recycling Association has recognized AMP’s artificial intelligence and robotic sorting systems that are deployed in multiple Material Recovery Facilities as being at the forefront of innovation in the recycling industry. The 2017 Innovator of the Year – Recycling Equipment award was bestowed today at the NWRA’s Executive Leadership Roundtable.


The technology that drives the company’s Cortex robot has been likened to facial-recognition technology. The robot’s ability to harvest materials off of the material line is possible due to vision software that learns using computational models called neural network and advanced deep learning methods. The robot itself fits on existing material lines, has little to no retrofit costs, and is installed within a weekend. The solution solves several major issues facing recycling operators today including labor, capital and quality.


“AMP is on the forefront of innovation as artificial intelligence begins to become more prevalent in the waste and recycling industry,” said Darrell Smith, President & CEO of NWRA.


For over 50 years the NWRA has been advancing the solid waste and recycling industry providing leadership in advocacy, research, education and safety. The Recycling Innovator of the Year award is a global competitive process that considers the best recycling equipment designers and manufacturers that are challenging and advancing recycling operations.


“We are excited to accept this award from NWRA. The association’s recognition as Innovator of the Year for recycling equipment validates the efforts of AMP Robotics, our partners, and our customers to bring these technologies into the waste and recycling industries,” said Dr. Matanya Horowitz, CEO of AMP Robotics. “AMP’s innovations have transformative implications for the recycling industry as the system can be adapted to sort a wide range of materials, including extraction of contaminants.”


AMP Robotics appreciates the support of the Carton Council of North America, Alpine Waste & Recycling, Dem-Con Companies, and Closed Loop Partners. For more information on this award please see this link to NWRA’s press release.