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Idec Corp., others develop automatic sorter of waste plastics.

OSAKA, Feb. 12 Kyodo

Control system maker IDEC Corp., Mitsubishi Electric Engineering Corp. and Osaka University have jointly developed a system to automatically sort six categories of waste plastics for recycling.

The system, now under demonstration tests at two stores in Osaka and Nara prefectures, identifies plastic materials with a sensor and uses a robot arm for sorting them and throwing them into separate boxes.

Recycling of waste plastics is now limited to two materials including polyethylene terephthalate known as PET, while other waste plastics are dumped along with rubbish for burning.

Waste plastic recycling could make progress if the automatic sorting technology catches on, IDEC said.

IDEC plans to commercialize a smaller version of the automatic plastic sorter with a price tag of some 5 million yen.
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Date:Feb 16, 2010
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