RECYCLING: Open Source Plastic Scanner.


Open source Plastic Scanner by Jerry de Vos and Armin Straller. (Credit:

Netherland based product designer Jerry de Vos developed a simple low-cost handheld scanner that can detect different types of plastic. Discrete near-infrared spectroscopy makes it possible to identify over 75% of all plastic used in everyday life. The Plastic Scanner is an open source project. On WikiFactory you can find out all details and information needed to build your very own plastic scanner. Jerry envisions making this technology accessible to recyclers in low and middle-income countries. “By applying principles of context variation, local manufacturing and open development in the design process, tools that accelerate the sorting of plastic waste were created. This brings Plastic Identification Anywhere another step closer, with the end goal of fighting plastic pollution, together, today.” - Jerry states on his website.

Introducing the plastic scanner