The UK-based startup is working on a machine that collects cleans and sorts of garbage for recycling. Better still, it looks like an everyday kitchen appliance. The type that wouldn’t stand out next to a refrigerator, dishwasher, or washing machine.
The still-in-development Lasso will have a vertical slot or tray for depositing items. A series of cameras and sensors will then analyze the packaging and decide if it’s recyclable. No good? Then the object will be returned to you, rather like a vending machine spitting out change.
Just to be clear, this system would cut out recycling plants. The collection boxed could merely be redistributed to manufacturers and turned into new products that don’t require any additional materials.
Aldous Hicks, CEO of Lasso, believes that everyone should treat recycling like washing clothes and dishes. “Millions of households are already practicing the exact steps we need to take,” he said in a TEDx talk last month. “For example, we use our washing machines to clean our clothes, so we can re-use them over and over again. Clearly, we already harness technology to process our household items.