Recycling Contamination Detection

Automatically detect and prevent costly recycling contamination at the source.

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Detect Recycling Contamination.
Improve Customer Awareness.
Capture Previously Un-billed Events.

In the solid waste management industry, one of the most significant challenges faced is recycling contamination. Contamination not only hampers the efficiency of waste sorting and recycling processes but can also lead to loads being rejected at Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs). The financial implications of recycling contamination are substantial, with haulers often bearing the brunt of the costs associated with rejected loads and the fines they incur. Fortunately, groundbreaking advancements in technology offer a promising solution to tackle this pervasive problem.

This is where 3rd Eye’s innovative Purif-Eye® contamination detection comes into play.


Passive Contamination Detection With No Driver Interaction Required.

Purif-Eye collects images of commercial container content and processes those images to identify potential contamination in recycling streams. The entire process is hands off—the hauler receives timely identification of the contamination found on its routes.

With the images captured from Purif-Eye, fleet owners can go back to customers and educate them on monitoring their waste stream to reduce recycling contamination. Many haulers that already monitor for contamination do so at the expense of route productivity, often requiring the driver to exit the cab, flip the container lid, and manually capture images. With Purif-Eye, there is no manual action required by the operator. Let your drivers drive, 3rd Eye will handle the rest.

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3rd Eye Recycling Contamination Detection paid for itself within hours.

Before 3rd Eye, our recycling company struggled with recycling contamination, spending massive amounts of time manually sorting and hunting for non-recycling waste, not to mention the tens of thousands of dollars lost in rejected loads and fines from Material Recovery Facilities.

Purif-Eye was by far the most effective solution, and integrated seamlessly into our regular operations. Being able to automatically detect recycling contamination AT ITS SOURCE, is a complete game-changer and literally paid for itself within hours of implementation. “

Michael Miller
President, Miller Recycling

Mission Trail Waste Systems

Recycling Contamination Testimonial

Garbage truck recycling contamination

Recognize about $6,500 of additional revenue PER MONTH, per commercial front loader

On average, about 15% of all commercial recycling picks are contaminated, based on data provided by several national and regional fleets. Given the hefty fines that come with loads with excess contamination—often a $50 to $100 per ton fee charged on the entire truck’s load—fleet owners have been on the losing end when their trucks pull up to offload at the MRF. And, for those vertically integrated haulers with captive MRF and landfill operations, contamination drives higher operating costs, reduced processing capacity, and additional handling costs in transferring residues to landfill.

Fleets vary on the fees they charge their end users – but based on the data collected, with Purif-Eye fleets can recognize almost $6,500 of additional revenue per month for each commercial front loader assigned to recycling collection.

Educate Your Customers.
Recoup Contamination Costs.

With typical ROI in HOURS, the 3rd Eye Purif-Eye recycling contamination detection module could be the smartest thing you do for your business this year. Contact the 3rd Eye experts today for a free, no-obligation demo.

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