Recycling just got easier with new AI technology - The Solihull Observer

Recycling just got easier with new AI technology

Solihull Editorial 6th Nov, 2023   0

SOLIHULL residents no longer need to separate glass from their other recycling, thanks to a new state-of-the-art recycling facility which uses AI technology.

Glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, plastic tubs, pots and trays, metal cans and aerosols, foil, cartons, paper and card can all go in residents’ brown bins, clear sacks or communal recycling bins.

Solihull Council’s cabinet member for environment and infrastructure, Coun Ken Hawkins, said: “Recycling in Solihull has just got easier.

“There’s no need to separate out glass bottles and jars – just put all your recycling straight into your brown bin, clear sacks or communal recycling bin.

“Using the new recycling facility also means that residents who haven’t been able to recycle glass before, now have a full recycling service.

“Changing our recycling facility means more residents can recycle and it’s easier for everyone to recycle more of their waste.




“This will help us with our net zero carbon emissions plans and also help to combat climate change.”

The council are urging people to keep their old black recycling boxes as they can be used if residents have too much recycling to put in their brown bins.


The new Material Recycling Facility (MRF) in Coventry uses specialist AI technology to process dry mixed recycling into high quality products in the most sustainable and efficient way possible.

It is run by Sherbourne Recycling Ltd and is jointly owned by Solihull Council and seven other local authorities across the West Midlands.

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