Matoha Instrumentation

A new platform that allows low-cost solutions for efficient manual sorting of recyclable waste, suitable for use in developing economies.

About the company


Founded by scientists and entrepreneurs from Imperial College, London, Matoha Instrumentation makes infrared analysis and identification technologies affordable for distributed recycling systems and fabrics companies, using recent advances in computing and photonics.

Low-cost small-scale materials analysis

Matoha Instrumentation has developed a platform for low-cost small-scale materials analysis, enabling identification and sorting of visually identical but chemically different materials for recycling. Matoha has built two products on this platform, one that identifies and analyses plastics, and one that works with fabrics. The platform allows operators in manual material recovery facilities (MRFs) to recover more recyclable waste from mixed recycling.

The patent-pending devices combine near-infrared spectroscopy and cloud-based machine-learning algorithms. Most current large-scale automatic sorting facilities use the same principle of infrared spectroscopy to sort plastic waste but at a higher cost, and Matoha’s algorithms make use of modern Big Data principles to continuously analyse, benchmark and improve performance.

The devices will be used in MRFs around the world, particularly in regions lacking the resources and infrastructure to construct automatic sorting facilities. Manual sorters equipped with these devices will have in effect “better eyes” which can identify and differentiate mixed waste.

Matoha Instrumentation plans to use this platform to revolutionise identification, analysis and quality control across a range of sectors.

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