Plaex- The future of sustainability

Plaex founder Tyrell Pantophlet with the CSU Innovatie Award in 2020. Photo: Plaex official website.

Recycling has never sounded so captivating and easy before finding out about the Enschede-based start up business Plaex. Their aim is to reliably identify, sort and recycle all the waste that is thrown away with their ‘smart’ sorting bin.

This innovative idea showcases their prototype “Garby”, which is the world’s fastest, easiest and economical waste sorting bin, based on multi-sensor AI technology. By using this, the process of recycling is done automatically, therefore it will help save effort as well as money. This should also prevent the environmental damages often caused to the land, air and sea as a result of poor waste management.

“Garby” the prototype smart bin that is able to recognize various types of waste and sort them automatically. Photo: Plaex official website.

His inspiration for the idea came from the necessity to find a solution for plastic waste and the need for people to recycle better. Through offering a financial incentive, the idea was for people to bring in plastic bottles and bags to Plaex which would be shredded and sold to recycling companies.

“I have participated in the UT Challenge 2019 with the idea about a smart bin that can identify waste; we then won the Audience prize and continued working and added the fact that it will be a waste sorting bin and here we are,” says Tyrell Pantophlet, the CEO of the company.

Plaex confidently highlights the passion for sustainability, adequate recycling and making sure that everyone makes a positive impact on the planet. “Our main goal is to contribute to a more sustainable future by reducing the human error in the process of recycling. Thereby improving recycling rates and lowering pollution,” says Pantophlet.

“Garby” also boasts an impressive range when sorting the waste and it is the most compact and accurate product on the market. “The bin currently sorts into 4 different categories of the client’s choosing like paper/plastic/pmd/organic etc.,” says the founder of Plaex. “Furthermore, it is also mobile; it can be battery powered and has wheels which are immediately useful for dynamic environments where bins need to be placed or moved around.”

Video of the prototype bin showing the way it works, via Plaex facebook.

Plaex has received accolades from Green Hub Twente acknowleding its contribution to a sustainable environment. “They have identified human error as an important component of waste management and succeeded in coming up with a smart, quick and innovative solution that tackles this problem at the source and also helps to reduce the carbon footprint,” says Saikiran Samudrala, organisational development and lean specialist at Green Hub Twente.

When talking about the future, Pantophlet optimistically shared his perspective and the plans to go worldwide and possibly change the way people recycle.

“The vision is to become the solution for separation at the source for waste, as well as to become one of the global leaders in sustainability focused start-ups. Branching out not only from waste management, but to renewable materials and energy fields as well”, says Pantophlet.

Tyrell Pantophlet, winner of the UT Challenge. Photo: Plaex official website.

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