Plastics in AI: Reducing Plastic Waste Through Artificial Intelligence and Digitalization | February 5-7, 2024 | Online
Reducing Plastic Waste Through Artificial Intelligence and Digitalization
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About the EVENT

Plastics in AI: Reducing Plastic Waste Through Artificial Intelligence and Digitalization

February 5–7, 2024 • Online

In this event, we will explore how artificial intelligence (AI) and digitalization are revolutionizing the plastic industry, offering robust solutions that can effectively mitigate plastic waste and optimize its usage through increased recycling. By harnessing the power of intelligent algorithms in conjunction with advanced technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and geolocation, waste collection in urban areas can be significantly improved and optimized.

Smart bins, integrated with AI capabilities, will be highlighted as they play a pivotal role in sorting materials at their source, maximizing the recycling potential of plastics and other materials. Moreover, state-of-the-art recycling plants are now incorporating cutting-edge technologies such as image sensors, various sensors, and machine learning algorithms, resulting in enhanced efficiency and precision in the sorting process. This facilitates a more accurate categorization of materials, contributing to effective waste management. Digitalization technologies will be discussed, highlighting their potential in enhancing the traceability of products. By enabling efficient identification of material composition, these technologies play a crucial role in streamlining the recycling process.

Additionally, generative design algorithms will be explored, showcasing their ability to create innovative products and packaging designs that minimize the use of plastic and materials, while still meeting performance specifications. During the event, we will discuss the latest advancements in these technologies and delve into the challenges and opportunities surrounding their implementation. Furthermore, we will explore the potential impact of these innovations on plastic waste handling.

This event serves as a platform for knowledge exchange and sharing insights on these cutting-edge solutions, highlighting their significance in the ongoing fight against plastic waste.


Professionals and companies with extensive expertise in AI and digitalization technologies aimed at minimizing plastic waste. These technologies include:

  • AI in waste collection logistics
  • Smart bins for efficient waste management
  • AI sorting solutions for the recycling industry
  • Generative design algorithms for optimizing waste reduction
  • Digitalization strategies in the context of circular economy

Scientists and researchers from academia and industry actively utilized AI and digitalization technologies to combat plastic waste.

Target Audience

  • Private and public waste management companies seeking innovative solutions.
  • Mass consumer product brands looking to enhance their sustainability performance.
  • Recycling companies aiming to streamline their operations.
  • Professionals from AI companies interested in the application of AI in waste reduction.
  • Academia members with a keen interest in the intersection of AI and recycling.

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Refund Policy

Full refunds, minus a $50 processing fee, will be granted until January 5. No refunds will be granted after January 5.

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  1. No discussion among members, volunteers, or staff, which attempts to arrive at any agreement regarding prices, terms or conditions of sale, distribution, volume, territories, or customers;
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  4. No other activity which violates anti-trust or applicable laws aimed at preventing unfair competition.

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