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Increasing the collection rate of plastic bottles in cities while lowering the cost of recycling

September 2020
Gallery B:bot 1
Gallery B:bot 1


The B:bot project started with the observation that 480 billion plastic bottles are being thrown away worldwide and of the 55% of bottles recycled in France, only 5% become bottles again in a true circular economy. Moreover, manufacturers are trying to incorporate more recycled material into the manufacture of their bottles but they are now facing an economic problem: making new bottles from recycled material costs more than using oil. Based on this, we have sought a solution to increase the collection rate of plastic bottles in cities while lowering the cost of recycling.

GreenBig offers its solution dedicated to the collection and sorting of PET bottles. B:bot is a device of less than one square meter (0.88m2) that can hold a total of about 3000 shredded plastic bottles. Consisting of 5 rotating bins, it can collect 30 waste per minute, allowing the user to bring back a large stock of bottles. Shredding plastic bottles at source makes it easier to store the raw material, as well as facilitating transport and logistics. The resale of the material to the beverage industry makes the business model virtuous, combining ecology and economy.

Label Date September 30, 2020
From France
Maturity stage Small scale commercialization
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility, Funding, Partners, Credibility

Implementation Stories

B:bot by GreenBig
Implemented by french government in Paris (France) in 2021

GreenBig has now successfully installed 100 B:bot units in France. B:bot is a solution of less than one square meter dedicated to the collection and sorting of PET bottles. The technology was also selected as one of the 127 new technologies to participate in the Made in France event for green startups at the Elysee with a B:bot device installed for the event itself. The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, is pictured above making use of the Labeled Solution. The goal of B:bot is to encourage people to recycle more and target a major problem in France as only 55% of plastic bottles are recycled.


B:bot recycle 3000 bouteilles dans moins d’1 m2


The environmental benefits

  • Can hold a total of about 3000 shredded plastic bottles
  • Can collect 30 waste per minute

The Financial benefits


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Company Profile


GreenBig is a company specialized in the development of innovative solutions dedicated to the circular economy.

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Headquarters 76100 Rouen, France

Networking Partner


ADEME - The French Agency for Ecological Transition- is a public agency under the joint authority of the Ministry for an Ecological Transition and the Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

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