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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
"We give incentives towards the carrier to keep track of what they receive from a DP, and what they deliver to our plant," Ludvigsen states. "If a bag is missing, we know right away if it has been delivered to us or not. In other words, the RFID system relieves us from time-consuming investigations."

In the future, Ludvigsen says, when Norsk Resirk installs RFID readers at all three plants, more data will be available to identify instances of incorrect goods deliveries. "This is important," he explains, "because when bags are delivered to the wrong channel, they go right into the production facilities, and the articles will not be counted, leaving the DP without a correct payment."

Armed with this information, Norsk Resirk will also be able to conduct business analytics, such as comparing how bags of recyclable bottles and cans were received from which locations.

Ludvigsen predicts that the RFID solution—once it is installed at all three of its plants, as well as at the DPs—will save the company tens of millions of Norwegian kroner (about six kroner equals one U.S. dollar). "A single plant installation saves money in the chain of logistics regarding its area," he notes, "but we need to install the solution at all plants and DPs to close any possibility of losing bags in any area."

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