American Journal of Applied Sciences

Development of a Prototype Automated Sorting System for Plastic Recycling

D. A. Wahab, A. Hussain, E. Scavino, M. M. Mustafa and H. Basri

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2006.1924.1928

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 3, Issue 7

Pages 1924-1928


Automated sorting for plastic recyclables has been seen as the way forward in the plastic recycling industry. Automated sorting provides significant improvements in terms of efficiency and consistency in the sorting process. In the case of macro sorting, which is the most common type of automated sorting, efficiency is determined by the mechanical details of the material handling system as well as the detection system. This paper provides a review on the state of-the-art technologies that have been deployed by some of the recycling facilities abroad. The design and development of a cost effective prototype automated system for sorting plastic recyclables is proposed and discussed.


© 2006 D. A. Wahab, A. Hussain, E. Scavino, M. M. Mustafa and H. Basri. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.