”Recon being the first to incorporate robotic waste sorting technlogy in the western hemispehere has brought us a lot of attention, but this prestiguous award took us by surprise”, says Walter Biel, the owner of Recon Services Inc., Austin, Texas.
”And no, the intelligent robots have not taken any jobs from the current 70 employees”, Walter Biel emphasizes. ”The environment we work in is hazardous and we do not always know what kind of materials we are handling. The robots are doing the heavy and dirty manual sorting. Our human employees are having more productive tasks – and they love their robotic colleagues”.
Implementing the ZenRobotics Recycler into the C&D recycling line as of March 2017, has increased Recon’s recyclable recovery rate by 20%. Walter Biel continues “We decided to expand our line for the future growth of our business and the option to open up to third party haulers and meet the needs of the booming growth that the city of Austin is experiencing. Our new plant made it possible to respond to the growing demand of sustainable recycling”
According to ZenRobotics picking the right equipment and designing the new plant included travelling to eight European countries. Walter Biel worked for months wholeheartedly together with William Hancock, VP of Plexus Recycling technologies, the distributor of ZenRobotics. One of the visited countries was Finland, the northern origin of the intelligent robots. ”We wanted to design something that would be perfect for our waste and our conditions – and the new thinking robots require. I think we succeeded”, says Walter.
”As the first and only RCI Certified Recycler in the state of Texas, Recon Services Inc. has again taken the initiative to exceed national recycling standards. Recon has shown how well advanced automation works also in the North American recycling industry. Forerunners like Walter Biel are needed in the recycling industry”, says Marcel Vallen, the CEO of Plexus Recycling Technologies. Walter Biel will receive his award at the C&D World Show in Nashville Tennessee, February 10-13.