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Recycling Tech Firm Attracting Investment From Venture Firms

The recycling industry is being seen by many as a potential treasure trove, with investments bolstering junk removal Orange County and across the world, particularly the US. AMP Robotics, a company with designs for recycling robots, knows this, as they recently got $16mn worth of investment.

The recycling industry has been in a funk thanks to China putting strict standards on the kind of raw materials that they would buy, which resulted in recycling costs skyrocketing, combined with low unemployment.

AMP’s technology utilizes a mix of computer vision, algorithms, machine learning, and automation in order to improve the efficiency of facilities.

Investment firm Sequoia Capital took notice and decided to take charge, leading AMP’s Series A investment round, which totaled to $16mn, which the company will be using to expand their manufacturing capabilities and help boost growth as it works to expand internationally.

Sequoia partner Shaun Maguire says that they’re excited to be working together with AMP because of how the company is changing the recycling, which has been looking for cost-saving alternatives and ways to boost revenue by acquiring higher-value recyclables, with repercussions for junk removal Orange County and across the US and the world, something, they say, AMP is leading at.

AMP CEO Matanya Horowitz says that the funding will do much to broaden the company’s scope, more than just cutting down on sorting costs and upping the quality of materials that recycling facilities ship out.

Horowitz says that this will also improve the company’s computer vision technology, which can identify branded packaging, which can, in turn, allow companies to improve the life cycle of their products. She says that building up AMP’s reporting capacity to help out companies get into the circular economy better is something that’s taken a lot of investor’s interests.

The CEO also notes that the combined use of robotics, machine learning, and computer vision can be used outside of the recycling industry, with AMP looking at different sectors where its mix of software and hardware will be useful. So far, there’s been a lot of interest in the auto scrap and construction waste sectors.

 

Sydney Parents Going Plastic-Free On Kid’s Parties

Sydney parents share their tips on how to organize a fun plastic-free kid’s party.

Many Sydney parents who choose to plan their kid’s party on their own instead of looking for party hire in Sydney explain that kid’s parties cause lot of plastic waste. From party bags, to food packaging, plastic utensils— hosting a children’s party is hard enough, but quick clean-ups after are harder.

Enlisting the kids’ help

Parents agree that it is possible to get the kids on board with it. While party hire in Sydney offers a hassle-free celebration for any occasion, the extra work that a do-it-yourself zero-waste party is actually worth the effort.

Many kids are very concerned in helping animals, one Sydney dad explains. When they see animals stuck in plastic, they become aware of how important going plastic-free is.

Forego traditional invitations

Instead of printing invitations and sending them out to friends and family, some parents use Facebook, emails, or text messages.  They explain that it is also helpful to explain in a note that the event would be a low-waste party and why, just so that everyone is aware.

Seek alternative for plastic and paper plates, cups, and cutlery

Most kid’s parties involve serving food in disposable plates, and it’s easy to see why. However, some parents believe it’s better to look for greener options. They can try making their own kits, or ask guests to bring plates, bottles, and utensils, or borrow from the neighbours.

One way that a group of parents does this is by letting others borrow each other’s things in order to minimize waste.

They also explain that it’s better to avoid using straws, and serve drinks in drinking bottles or cups instead.

A bucket for recyclables is also a great idea to collect anything and in some areas, you can swap these for cash as a container refund scheme.

Gifts

Some Sydney parents swear by asking guests to donate to the local hospital instead of buying gifts as a means of minimizing plastic use. Others opt for pre-loved gifts, sometimes wrapped in reusable cloth. Another option are experience-based gifts like going to the zoo or seeing a show.