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Waste Sorting Robots Market Segmentation by Waste Type (Organic, Plastics, Metal, Waste, Chemical, Wood, Electronic, and Others); By Industry (Recycling, Plastics, Metal & Minerals, Wood, Food and Others) - Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2027

Published: January, 2022
ID: 8776
Pages: 160
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Waste Sorting Robots Market Size, Growth, Trends & Forecast (2022 - 2027)

The global waste sorting robots market is estimated to reach $7.26 billion by 2026, growing at a 20.16% CAGR.

Waste management has become a societal issue, endangering the environment's safety and long-term viability. If garbage is not handled appropriately, it is either burned or kept in various locations, causing harm to the environment and individuals. The previous waste separation approach not only puts the human workforce's health in danger, but also pollutes the air, water, and land. As a result, rubbish recycling and reuse have become increasingly important. Traditional waste sorting methods have been replaced by waste sorting robots, which are automated machinery. These robots are artificial intelligence units that are employed in the waste and recycling industries.

The waste is separated by a robotic arm that uses a sensor array to detect, pick, and place it separately. Robotics plays a key part in the effective implementation of waste management techniques by speeding up the process and lowering costs. A two-arm robot can sort 4,000 picks every hour, demonstrating its superiority to human labour.

Waste Sorting Robots Market Recent Developments

Masotina, an Italian waste management company, has teamed up with ZenRobotics to modernise its plastics sorting facility (PRF) with an AI-powered robotic sorting station for recovering high-purity PET.

AMP Robotics Corp, a pioneer in AI, robotics, and infrastructure for the waste and recycling business, is expanding its footprint in Europe with the launch of a demonstration facility at SIGMA SA facilities in Lublin, Poland. The facility is open to recycling and waste management firms from throughout Europe who wants to separate different types of paper, plastics, and metals using one of AMP's AI-guided robotics systems.

In October 2021, FCC Environmental Services added a Bollegraaf RoBB-AQC robotic sorter to its Houston material recovery facility, which was supplied by Van Dyk Recycling Solutions of Norwalk, Connecticut (MRF). The MRF's sorting technology, which Van Dyk previously provided, was honoured by the National Waste & Recycling Association in 2020.

Retail customers may now pour more than 100 empty beverage containers into a reverse vending machine (RVM) at once, rather than inserting them one by one, thanks to the launch of the first Tomra R1 models in Germany and Denmark.

Waste Sorting Robots Market Drivers

The need for faster waste management processes to handle the garbage produced, which is increasing at a double-digit rate, is a major driving force for the market expansion of waste sorting robots. The robots' picking speed varies between 3,000 and 6,000 picks per hour, and they work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a 98 per cent accuracy rate.

Waste Sorting Robots Market Restraints

The high cost and high maintenance of waste sorting robots is a big barrier for small businesses, which account for a significant portion of the overall number of businesses engaged in waste sorting activities.




Market Size Available

2021 – 2027

Base Year


Forecast Period

2022 - 2027



Segments Covered

By Application, Type and Region

Various Analyses Covered

Global, Regional & Country Level Analysis, Segment-Level Analysis, DROC, PESTLE Analysis, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, Competitive Landscape, Analyst Overview on Investment Opportunities

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, Middle East & Africa

Market Leaders Profiled

  1. AMP Robotics (US)
  2. Sadako Technologies (Spain)
  3. Waste Robotics (Canada)
  4. Bollegraaf Recycling Machinery (Netherlands)
  5. HOMAG Group (Germany)
  6. TOMRA (Norway)
  7. Greyparrot (UK)
  8. Specim Spectral (Finland)
  9. ecoBali (Indonesia)
  10. EuReciclo (Brazil)

Waste Sorting Robots Market Segmentation

Waste Type: The market is segmented into Organic, Plastics, Metal, Waste, Chemical, Wood, Electronic, and Others.

The amount of waste produced by various households, business locations, and companies grows in tandem with the world's population. The typical waste composition is 5.8% metals, 3.5 per cent glass, 12.9 per cent paper, 1.6 per cent plastic, 1.8 per cent textiles, and 53.7 per cent biodegradables, with the remaining 20.7 per cent going to landfills. Increased recycling rates and the diversion of precious resources away from landfills can be aided by advanced technologies.

Industry: The market is segmented into Recycling, Plastics, Metal & Minerals, Wood, Food and Others.

The recycling industry segment had the largest market share, accounting for 52.1 per cent of the global garbage sorting robots market. The recycling industry's market share has expanded as a result of increasing compliance with several government laws involving waste management and recycling, as well as increased opportunities for large actors in the recycling sector. Plastics, which are manufactured by recycling old plastics and other materials, are used in a variety of industries, and the plastics industry segment has been growing at a 12.5 per cent annual pace.

Waste Sorting Robots Market Regional Analysis

North America is the largest and fastest-growing market because of its increased use of ecologically damaging products. After combining data from key robot vendors, Resource Recycling indicates that roughly 80 robots are either operational or have been purchased in the United States and Canada. They're sorting recyclables, garbage, plastics, shredded electronics, and construction and demolition waste from people's homes and businesses. The region is expected to hold more than 42% of the global market share during the forecast period.

The European market is driven by government initiatives and extensive investment in automation. The European market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 11% from 2022 - 2027.

In APAC, China is the leading manufacturer of waste sorting robots. China recycles a large portion of the world's garbage. However, in April 2019, China implemented harsher contamination restrictions, stating that anything containing more than 0.5 per cent impure will be buried. This necessitates the introduction of robots into garbage sorting facilities. Countries like Japan, Singapore and Australia-NZ are ahead in implementing waste sorting robots but India and other South-East Asian countries are still in the planning phases of deployment.

In the LAMEA region, the Middle East is the leading market because of heavy investments in automation. Contrarily, the African and South American markets are behind in planning and implementation.

Waste Sorting Robots Market Leader

ZenRobots is the pioneer and also the current market leader in manufacturing waste sorting robots.

Waste Sorting Robots Market Key Players

  1. AMP Robotics (US)
  2. Sadako Technologies (Spain)
  3. Waste Robotics (Canada)
  4. Bollegraaf Recycling Machinery (Netherlands)
  5. HOMAG Group (Germany)
  6. TOMRA (Norway)
  7. Greyparrot (UK)
  8. Specim Spectral (Finland)
  9. ecoBali (Indonesia)
  10. EuReciclo (Brazil)

Impact of COVID-19 of Waste Sorting Robots Market

The emergence of COVID-19 had a mixed effect on the global waste sorting robots market. Initially, the shutdown of manufacturing units halted the supply of robots, especially in China which was the epicentre of the pandemic. On a positive note though, the pandemic has created awareness with regards to hygiene, hence, pushing the demand for waste sorting robots. Furthermore, The lives of sanitary workers are prone to fatal accidents and diseases. Since the sanitary workers are also more prone to contracting the coronavirus, therefore, the need for AI-enabled waste sorting robots have become a necessity, for humanitarian reasons. 

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