Stackable container for selective collection of glass bottles

Summary of the technology

New and customizable system to collect glass bottles. This system allows an easy operation of loading, transporting and unloading the bottles in the treatment plant prior to subsequent reuse. Reduces the contamination caused by the process for the production of new bottles, contributes to reduce the cost of waste management and Implies cost savings for producers of wine and beer bottles.

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - UPC
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - UPC

Details of the Technology Offer

Reuse is shown as a more economical and ecological alternative to the material recycling coming from the glass containers and, particularly because of its high consumption, of the wine and beer bottles. Therefore, there is interest and need to implement management systems for effective reuse of this type of glass containers and, as a consequence, of infrastructures for selective collection, transport, and treatments.

Containers for the selective collection of glass bottles should facilitate said operation and prevent their breakage while allowing efficient management of their collection, transport, treatment, and replacement.

This stackable container for the selective collection of glass bottles, both wine, beer or soft drinks, which allows an easy operation of loading, transporting and unloading the bottles in the treatment plant prior to subsequent reuse. Robust exterior structure, it has removable media inside, where the containers are stacked. The releasable base facilitates extraction.


- To selective collect different bottle models (wine, beer, soft drinks)
- Selective collection at municipal collection points
- Also for collection in bars, restaurants, and shopping, leisure and sports centers
- For use in public or private management systems


· Sturdy and lightweight

· Stackable and versatile

· For indoor and outdoor use

· Configurable for bottles of wine, beer or soft drinks

· Removable and interchangeable collection media

· Easy to upload and download

· It does not damage the bottles

· Customizable decoration

Desired business relationship

Technology selling

Patent licensing

Joint ventures

Technology development

Adaptation of technology to other markets

Current development status

Structural and functional design ready for the construction of a first prototype.

Intellectual property status

  • Patent already applied for
  • Patent application number :MU201831882

Related Keywords

  • Protecting Man and Environment
  • Environment
  • Waste Management
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Engineering / Technology
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Recycling, Recovery
  • Environment Management Systems & Documental Management Systems
  • Industrial manufacturing, Material and Transport Technologies
  • Food Packaging / Handling
  • Packaging / Handling
  • Consumer related
  • Food and Beverages
  • Wine and liquors
  • Soft drinks and bottling plants
  • Pollution and Recycling Related
  • container
  • glass bottles
  • selective collection
  • wine bottle
  • beer bottle
  • recycling

About Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - UPC

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research in the fields of engineering, architecture and science, which contributes its knowledge and expertise in order to increase scientific output, transfer its results to society and provide a network of scientific and technical state-of-the-art facilities and technology valorization services that place us at the leading edge of innovation and economic development.

The UPC has established itself as a driver of innovation and is the technology partner of choice for companies and organizations with which it develops projects and builds partnerships. A role borne out by the numerous agreements and research projects that have been set in motion by groups, organizations and laboratories; the creation of new technology-based companies; the generation and exploitation of patents, and the scientific and technical services UPC makes available to its environment in order to generate progress and employment.

The Technology Transfer Office (SGI) is responsible of Designing, coordinating and implementing research valorisation strategies, carrying out the protection policy of the research results, marketing these results through license contracts and designing and setting up the University's enterprise creation model in order to transfer the results of the research to the market, protect and commercialize these results, promote the culture of entrepreneurship and innovation, and create technology-based companies within the UPC environment.

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