There are robots who recycle things and machines that do all the recycling.
Advances in robot technology have thrown a lot of people of course. Many of us thought technology would inspire us to do more recycling. By example we thought we could help landfill problems around the world. We would look to new ways of dealing with municipal waste. Those days are gone, machines are now available to deal with plastic waste. The 3D printers have opened up an industry where a robot can shine and the machines they or us use are tools.
Plastic bowls are being made from plastic mincers. Companies are looking for all different colours of plastic to put in the mix to make a tie dye design bowl or beaker. Collecting the plastic is still a chore for the family. The beach clean, the trip to the dump and the methods used in the home are jobs for humans. In the factory there are robots, they are programmed to work with machines and be nice to people who bring plastic to be recycled.
Still a lot of people do not want to meet face to face with machines. They much rather someone be there when they ring the bell. Opening hours are limited and sometimes people are on a yak butter tea break.