CleanRobotics is selected as one of the eight companies in the EPA’s SBIR Program Phase II to further develop and commercialize its TrashBot waste diversion technology.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the eight small businesses nationwide selected to receive the SBIR Program Phase II funding. Since the successful completion of Phase I, CleanRobotics was among the companies chosen for the Phase II award, enabling innovative solutions for environmental issues. The robotics startup was awarded $400,000 to further develop and commercialize the TrashBot smart bin, an automated waste system that sorts at the point of disposal.

Also known as “America’s Seed Fund”, the SBIR program launched nearly 40 years ago, with the mission to protect human and environmental health through innovative green technologies. Opening annual applications for science and technology-based small business, Phase II grants are limited to companies that have successfully completed SBIR Phase I projects.

Proposals selected for the EPA SBIR Phase II award:
Triangle Environmental Health Initiative
Ohio Lumex Company, Inc.
Sonata Scientific LLC
CleanRobotics, Inc.
Zabble Inc.
KLAW Industries LLC
Geometric Data Analytics, Inc.
Kebotix, Inc.

CleanRobotics is revolutionizing waste and resource recovery. Using robotics, computer vision, and machine learning, TrashBot identifies and sorts items into their corresponding bins inside the system. By eliminating human error in the users’ on-site decision-making process, circular materials can be recovered at a 95% accuracy rate.

Since its launch, TrashBot has been piloted in high-traffic facilities such as Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, The National Aviary, and several other companies.

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