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Norwegian Recycler Tracks Empty Cans and Bottles

Norsk Resirk is using an RFID solution from ACT Systems to track bags of recyclable materials, with plans to expand the technology's use to all of its processing plants, as well as at pickup sites and for truck drivers.
By Claire Swedberg
With the ACT solution, Norsk Resirk registered each DP in its own software, and sent plastic bags and labels with embedded EPC Gen 2 UHF tags, in order to identify each bag. North Resirk is currently using MiniWeb tags provided by UPM RFID (now owned by Smartrac), with chips manufactured by NXP Semiconductors.

Whenever a DP requires additional sacks and RFID labels, it can contact Norsk Resirk by signing into Norsk Resirk's deposit-reconciliation system via the Internet and entering the number of labels to be ordered. The company's RFID software collects the information from the deposit-reconciliation system and prints out a two-part label. One part comprises an RFID label encoded with a unique ID number and printed with a bar-coded version of that same ID, while the second consists of a receipt for that DP. Norsk Resirk then ships the plastic sacks and encoded RFID labels to that specific location.

When tagged bags of empty cans and bottles are delivered to Norsk Resirk's Alnabru plant, they are moved through an RFID portal to record their arrival.

The deposit point's operator fills the bags, attaches an RFID label to the surface of each bag—or to the plastic tie used to cinch it—and places a request for pickup. Upon picking up the bags, the third-party carrier's truck driver manually notates, on his or her own paperwork, the number of bags being transported. The DP operator tears off the receipt half of each bag's RFID label and keeps it for his or her records. Because the RFID tags were printed at Norsk Resirk to meet that DP's order request, Norsk Resirk's software knows how many bags it expects to receive, and from which location.

Once the truck arrives at the Alnabru plant, the sacks are unloaded and moved through a portal using an Intermec IF2 fixed RFID reader. The portal reads each tag's ID number, and that data is forwarded to ACT System's middleware and, ultimately, to Norsk Resirk's back-end software.

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