As part of the national celebration of America Recycles Day this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Zabble, Inc., in Walnut Creek, Calif., has received a $400,000 contract to further the development of a zero waste management platform that uses artificial intelligence. The contract was awarded under EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and is one of eight such awards given in 2022.
“The technology that this research will advance reduces waste going to landfills, which is critical to protecting communities from pollution and reducing emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Martha Guzman. “As EPA celebrates America Recycles Day, we are proud to further efforts like Zabble’s to improve how communities across the country recycle and compost.”
“We are excited for this opportunity as it continues to show that the EPA is prioritizing the improvement of the recycling infrastructure and education in the US.” says Nik Balachandran, the founder and CEO of Zabble. “The Zabble Zero™ platform is the first artificial intelligence (AI)-powered software platform built for generators to efficiently manage their material streams and workflows from disposal to hauling.”