A team of researchers at the University of Miami’s Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC) has developed an application that uses machine learning and computer vision to identify various waste materials. The system would allow for Florida residents to scan an item and get photos and descriptions of what products are recyclable in which county and what receptacle to reduce excessive waste. The app is slated to launch in the next few months, collaborator and software architect Lamar Giggetts said.
By enabling cleaner waste habits at the consumer level, “less contamination at the government level could make life easier,” said Amin Sarafraz, a research assistant professor at the university’s Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, and a member of IDSC’s Systems and Data Engineering team. Intelligent recycling “definitely can make the whole process faster and bring more value, whether it’s financial or nonfinancial, to government as well as the communities,” he said.
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