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Optisort - Advanced waste battery sorting

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The Optisort Battery Sorter (OBS) uses a combination of computer vision and advanced classification technology to identify batteries based on brand, model, year and chemistry. Once the data is processed, batteries are then separated using compressed air techniques.

 

The information garnered by the OBS provides waste management companies and industry associations with a better understanding of battery recycling flows.

 

A quote from Hans Eric Melin, CEO of Optisort, sums it up perfectly: “As batteries can be processed on a case-by-case basis, it opens up numerous business and environmental opportunities for recyclers, compliance schemes and manufacturers".


This data shared publicly could initiate an explosion of innovation around the manufacture, collection and recycling of batteries.

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Rechargeable Battery Dispensers

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A whole lot of batteries are used in daily life. Invariably they are single use alkaline batteries. Sometimes people buy rechargable batteries but have problems with losing chargers or not being able to wait for the battery to recharge.

 

Entery Bettery, a company setting up rechargeable battery dispensers in Portland and Seattle, USA. The idea is that you buy an initial pack of rechargable batteries for $10 a four pack, and then return the batteries to replace with  recharged units for $2.50 a four pack. This is a similar concept to the "Swap-N-Go" concept for LPG (barbeque gas) cylinders in Australia.

 

A great idea. My only reservation is that the batteries can't be recharged (as far as I can tell) by the purchaser. You have to return the battery to get it recharged. I would have thought that a great additional offering would be to sell home rechargers too, giving people who are happy to wait that option. It would seem to make the offering better rounded, and less reliant on Bettery.

 

The dispensers are debuting at Whole Foods stores.

 

Relevant site:

Bettery: http://betteryinc.com/

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Veolia sees strong growth in toxic waste recycling

This is very interesting.

 

Veolia Environnement sees strong growth in its toxic waste recycling business and will keep spending up to 100 million euros per year on plants to treat industrial solvents, old batteries and pharmaceutical waste.

 

Veolia forms partnerships with the chemical, pharmaceutical, automotive and other industries to collect and treat the waste and resell the recycled products as raw commodities or fuel.

 

The pricing structure is also very interesting. At the moment Veolia gets the waste at no charge, but expects in future to be paying for the waste received. That is a very, very interesting development in a market where waste generators typically pay for the disposal of their toxic waste.

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