Digitizing Waste for a Circular Economy

UpCircle's AI-based solutions help waste collectors, segregators and recyclers outsmart the competition. We add value to your waste.

Know your waste. Increase your process efficiency.

Information Leads to Actions

Know your waste and take better business decisions. The UpCircle team is passionate about the impact waste analytics generates and would love to help you translate waste information into actionable business decisions.

Full Transparency for EPR Tracking & Reporting

UpCircle ensures full transparency along the entire waste recovery chain. Collection and processing are tracked with our advanced AI tools. With UpCircle, you can directly verify your company’s sustainability impact in your personalized dashboard for EPR reporting.


We analyze the collection and processing of waste by utilizing the latest computer vision technology developed at ETH Zurich.

Detecting plastics, glass, batteries and other debris from various sources is our engineer’s daily bread and butter. Recognizing, quantifying and handling waste is a great challenge we are willing to solve. Our robust tech allows for verification of recycling activities in waste management facilities. Developed at ETH, we are proud to combine custom-built AI methods with state-of-the-art sensing technology.

Waste Identification
Our custom computer vision pipeline classifies all the relevant types of waste for further processing.
Quality Control
We make sure that the recycled stream is clean enough for further processing.
Process interfacing
We can integrate our detection system with existing infrastructure to enhance the capabilities of your processing equipment.
Developed in collaboration with:

The UpCircle Difference

UpCircle’s digital platform enables easy tracking of plastic waste. We start with the cleanup and keep track of items during processing. This means that every piece of plastic collected for you is verified with our technology.
Plastic Analytics

Our recycling partners plastic flows are monitored with our AI tools that helps them process the plastic more efficiently and maintain quality standards

Plastic Sorting

Our plastic sorting robot can detect varius kinds of plastics and sort them automatically and therefore increases processing capacity.

Data Immutability

Our technological process in the sorting facilities ensures that every piece of plastic gets tracked for credible plastic compensation.

Out of 400 million tons annually produced plastic, only


of plastic waste gets recycled globally


ends in the environment or non-sustainable processing

In collaboration with our partners, we collect and process plastic waste from the environment

We keep an eye on every piece of plastic.

We enable sustainable processing of the waste - achieving true circularity.

Out of 400 million tons annually produce plastic, only 14% of plastic gets recycled globally

86% ends in the environment or non-sustainable processing

In collaboration with our partners, we collect and process plastic waste from the environment

We keep an eye on every piece of plastic.

We enable sustainable processing of the waste - achieving true circularity.

Gain Insights with our Intuitive Dashboard

We analyze every piece of waste before it gets recycled and make it accessible in the dashboard.

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Three steps

Become plastic neutral

Our team will guide you through the process of becoming plastic neutral.

1: Plastic Footprint Audit

Our team of experts provides a comprehensive analysis of plastic emissions.

2: Reduce Plastic Footprint

Define, where in the world you want your plastic to be removed. You can choose a mix between local and international plastic collection.

3: Compensate

We start collecting the plastic and certify your commitment.

4: Certification

We certify your commitment.

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Your Journey with us

The key steps for you to join the circular economy with UpCircle.

Process Audit

The process begins understanding your company's existing process. We look into your needs and current pain points you experience. This will help you understand where changes are needed, and where your focused attention brings the greatest impact.

Waste Analytics Development

We retrofit our waste analytics solution into your waste processing facility. Completely worry free! Our experienced team gets this done without affecting your existing operations.

Profit from Insights

Improve processing throughput and reduce costs using our custom-made technology solutions trained using the latest technology in Reinforcement Learning.

Expand and Grow

The UpCircle team is there to help you grow into any segment of the waste processing industry. With our future-proof technology, and leading edge research, we will support you as you grow your operations.

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Projects and Partnerships

Stay up to date with the latest developments for a plastic free nature
Successful recovery of 6000kg of ocean-bound waste

Allegra | Passugger and Swisscom enable the transparent collection of ocean-bound waste, verified by UpCircle.

Allegra Passugger Partnership

Allegra|Passugger joins the UpCircle network of responsible plastic recoverers

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Every kilogram counts

More recovery, more recycling, a cleaner future. That simple.
One-Time Action
CHF 2.00 / kg

of recoverd plastic

Perfect for your event or personal plastic compensation

Certification badge guaranteeing your impact
  • Certificate verifying your impact
  • Fully traceable and verified item list
  • Basic storytelling package
  • Email support
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Annual Compensation
CHF 2.00 / kg

of recovered plastic

Stand out. Compensate your use of plastic from business activities.

Everything in one-time, plus..
  • Impact tracker for website
  • Advanced traceable and verified item list
  • 1:1 onboarding session
Custom Plan
Get a tailored recovery plan

Demonstrate your commitment to climate action today.

Everything in annual, plus..
  • Counseling and assessment of plastic footprint
  • Support for reaching your CSR/ESG targets

The Founders

With years of experience in Robotics, Waste Recovery and Material Science, we strive towards technology solutions that make circularity a reality.
Hendrik Kolvenbach
CEO & Co-Founder
Adrian Ensmenger
COO & Co-Founder
Fidel Esquivel
CTO & Co-Founder

UpCircle in the News

Hear more from our CTO Fidel and our partner project Autonomous River Cleanup how together with our Partner Microsoft for Startups, we help drive towards more sustainable practices. Powered by UpCircle Technology.

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