The systems were supplied by EuroTech, TITECH’s agent in the Russian Federation.
TITECH’s autosort system uses optical sensors to detect and sort paper, cardboard and plastic for recycling from MSW streams. Julia Kulikova, docent of PNIPU’s environmental protection department, said that the University’s use of TITECH systems was similar to running a research project on behalf of the country. This is because scientists throughout Russia are keen to find out more about the effectiveness and economic feasibility of selective waste recycling and how it can be best applied.
As a city, Perm currently deposits around 300 tonnes of MSW in landfill sites each year. However, scientists aim is to reduce this amount significantly as up to 40% of MSW can be recycled. The results of PNIPU’s utilization of TITECH’s systems and the research into them will be available at the beginning of 2014.