Garbage In, Rewards Out: Sorting Recyclables with Computer Vision

The disposable plastic, aluminum, and glass bottles and cans that we use in our daily lives offer us a large convenience factor and also a very low-cost way to package goods.  Unfortunately there is also a downside to having a heavy reliance on these types of low-cost, disposable packaging — they are easy to toss aside with little thought. In one survey, 75% of adults admitted to having littered in the past five years.  This behavior comes with heavy consequences. Nine billion tons of litter makes its way into the oceans each year, and nearly 11 billion dollars are spent each year by US taxpayers to clean up inappropriately discarded junk.

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