Award-winning tech startup CleanRobotics is proud to announce that its Co-Founder and CEO, Charles Yhap, has been named an honoree in the 2022 Smart Business Pittsburgh Smart 50 Awards.

The Pittsburgh Smart 50 recognizes top executives in the region for their ability to build and lead successful organizations and for their efforts in Impact, Innovation and Sustainability. Smart Business Magazine has been recognizing executives’ leadership efforts and success, in a range of industries, through their Smart 50 awards since 2014. Charles Yhap and CleanRobotics are joined by honorees including Rama Subba Rao of Aquatech International, a global leader in water purification technology, and Ameesh Kapoor of 412 Food Rescue, a platform that provides a high-tech solution to food assistance and combats food waste. 

Yhap co-founded CleanRobotics in 2015 to revolutionize waste recovery, eliminate confusion around recycling rules, and prevent contamination of materials before they are sent to recycling facilities. By combining education, artificial intelligence and advanced robotics, CleanRobotics solves recycling problems at the source. The company’s flagship product, TrashBot, identifies and sorts waste items at the time of disposal and eliminates human error. Additionally, TrashBot features a screen and content management system, educating the public and making recycling accessible and easier for everyone.

TrashBot also generates on-demand waste audits and provides analytics to empower decision-making, making it particularly effective in high-traffic facilities with Zero Waste goals. TrashBot makes it possible for organizations to achieve quantifiable, repeatable outcomes when it comes to their sustainability initiatives, bringing us all one step closer to a zero-waste future.

A mission-driven company combining recycling AI, robotics, computer vision, and machine learning, CleanRobotics brings new life to recycling programs and the circular economy. The CleanRobotics team is driven by the core belief that sorting waste accurately at the source is the best way to ensure recyclables and other recoverable materials are diverted from landfills, driving substantial environmental impact. CleanRobotics’ mission ensures the effectiveness of recycling programs at high-traffic facilities while securing the ROI of such programs.

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Rachel Whitener, PR & Communications Associate