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Megan Greenwalt

March 5, 2021

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AI-driven recycling company WinGo Deposit has made it possible to accept damaged packaging for the first time.

The Latvia-based information technology company has launched the world's first deposit system that uses artificial intelligence, machine vision and neural network technologies to recognize and sort all types of packaging even if they have been flattened, damaged or with a missing label.

“WinGo Deposit’s smart waste sorting machine accurately identifies PET bottles, cans, tetra packs and other types of packaging that are damaged or unlabeled if the citizen is digitally authenticated,” says Vismands Menjoks, chief executive officer and co-owner of WinGo Deposit.

Digital authentication and wallet also provide a preventive function to prevent the risks of fraud. It is a novelty for the solution developed in Latvia. It offers to accept both intact and flattened bottles – the function of recognition does not only read the barcode of the package. It scales, recognizes the material and visually analyzes.

Such a system, where damaged packaging is accepted, fulfils the overarching task – it more effectively solves the issues of environmental management and waste.

The technology improves the functionality of automatic recycling deposit points, which until now, have only been able to accept undamaged products. This reduces the amount of waste it is able to accept, as many used products are often flattened after use.

“WinGo Deposit offers a system created from the point of view of the population. It will make the transfer of beverage packaging as convenient as possible for the whole society,” says Menjoks. “The smart waste sorting machine created in Latvia is a significant turning point,  because the technological solution, with the help of artificial intelligence and neural networks, recognizes, accepts and sorts different types and volumes of both intact and flattened beverage packages. In nature, however, the packaging does not look like a store shelf.”

In the WinGo Deposit system, the package is not only weighed, but also photographed. Computer vision, logic analytics and other smart machine skills can evaluate different types of packaging.

This technology is adaptable to other waste groups, such as tires, household chemical packaging or hazardous waste such as deodorants and paint vials.

About the Author(s)

Megan Greenwalt

Freelance writer, Waste360

Megan Greenwalt is a freelance writer based in Youngstown, Ohio, covering collection & transfer and technology for Waste360. She also is the marketing and communications advisor for a property preservation company in Valley View, Ohio, and a member of the Public Relations Society of America. Prior to her current roles, Greenwalt served as the associate editor of Waste & Recycling News for three years and as features editor for a local newspaper in Warren, Ohio, for more than five years. Greenwalt is a 2002 graduate of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism.

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