Glacier, a company specialising in AI and robotics for the recycling industry, has secured an additional $7.7m investment from Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, as well as New Enterprise Associates.

The investment also includes contributions from AlleyCorp, Overture Climate VC, and VSC Ventures. 

Glacier has developed AI-powered robots for automating the process of sorting recyclables, gathering real-time data to improve recycling rates, and preventing valuable materials such as metals and plastics from ending up in landfills and oceans. 

The company’s proprietary AI model can identify more than 30 categories of recyclable materials, from polyethylene terephthalate plastic to toothpaste tubes.  

All the items collected by Glacier are sent to a materials recovery facility (MRF) for sorting, where one Glacier robot can prevent more than ten million items from being discarded in landfills, annually.  

The company, co-founded by Rebecca Hu and Areeb Malik, will use the fresh capital infusion to further develop its low-cost AI-enabled robots. It will also allocate a significant portion of the investment for team expansion.  

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

Furthermore, Glacier is collaborating with Amazon to test this robotic technology for minimising landfill waste and promoting recycled materials’ use in packaging. 

Hu and her team are developing computer-vision technology for identifying a wide range of items in the recycling waste stream, from cardboard to catfood cans. 

Amazon Climate Pledge Fund principal Nick Ellis said: “Partnering with Glacier will enable us to test the role of novel AI and robotics-based recycling technologies so that we can identify and aggregate novel packaging materials that can ultimately be recycled and repurposed.”