Stuart Chater, communications manager for Lasso Loop Recycling, joined us from Sydney, Australia for CES 2020.
Lasso Loop is a two-year-old company that aims to make the recycling process more elegant and efficient for homeowners, right at the source. Traditional recycling involves transporting recyclables from residences to a sorting facility, where a small percentage of material is closed-loop recycled. Lasso Loop aims for 100% of residential recyclables to enter into the closed-loop cycle, where they can be transformed into products of the same quality as the original.
The biggest issue with the current system, says Chater, is contamination, which renders material unusable in a high-quality product. Lasso Loop overcomes that problem by sensing at the source, whether in a home or office, to detect the type of material an item is composed of so it can be kept in the right stream. For example, if an item is made of PET plastic it stays in the PET plastic stream, if it's clear glass, it stays in the glass stream, and so forth.
After material detection, the item is washed and cleaned, a critical step many people skip. After that, the material is ground - plastic is flaked, metal is shredded, and glass is crushed - and then the ground material is stored inside the Lasso Loop container as a pure industry-standard product, ready for high-quality reuse.
The company aims to have its first full prototype completed this year, and the first retail model available in 2022. The appliance will be about the size of a dishwasher, weigh around 260 lbs, use no more than 2 liters of water daily, and will process materials in about 15 minutes.
Visit the company website for more information, and to reserve your own Lasso Loop appliance when the final version is released.