Grosvenor managing director John Viviani collected the award for Best Technology Application at The Plastics Industry Awards 2007, held at the London Hilton, Park Lane.
The prize winning system is in Grosvenors Materials Recycling Facility in Crayford, Kent, and uses two TiTech Coloursort units. The units separate plastic bottles into four grades (PET clear, PET coloured, HDPE natural and mixed plastics), then the line automatically bales them.
Contaminants such as glass, paper and metals can also be separated out.
TiTech uses a VIS sensor to determine different colours of transparent and opaque objects.
When placed under light the reflection of an object is detected by the sensor and its colour, size, shape and position are identified.
The judges said: It is a technology achievement. It lives up to the category title and ticks all the boxes. They added that the technology was being applied in an industry that is really crying out for it.
Viviani added: This is a fantastic achievement and reflects the commitment to technology-led development at Grosvenor.
It is our drive for quality recycling that motivates Grosvenor to invest in breakthrough technology and we will continue to lead the industry in this way.