In summary, the main objectives of the ANASA project are:
- the exploitation and combination of the know-how available technologies by the two top educational and research institutes of Crete for the benefit of local communities and the Greek economy,
- the construction of a new Robotic Waste Separator (RWS) of 4 fraction-unit recovery waste recyclable material (eg PET, HDPE, PP, LDPE), which can easily be incorporated into new and existing units with minimal interventions in sorting facilities,
- the industrial application of the RWS to two waste management companies namely ESDAK (processing composite wastes) – Heraklion, Crete, and DEDISA (processing recyclable wastes) – Chania Crete, in green (mixed waste) and blue (recyclable packaging) line respectively to evaluate the usability and the performance of the RWS and to make focused improvements to increase the system’s efficiency,
- the exploration of the potential economic exploitation of the RWS as a low cost stand-alone product which significantly improves the existing industrial recycling infrastructure.
Additionally, the main technological objectives that guide all the proposed cooperative actions of ANASA project are:
- to improve the existing sorting system by doing more quantity of recyclable materials and the sorting of more types of recyclable fractions materials with a single machine,
- to achieve higher recovery rates (97-99%) vs. optical separators (93-95%) currently used,
- the creation of a low cost integrated system, directly applicable to industrial applications environments,
- to design a system that needs less space, time and easier installation.