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Glacier Raises Another $7.7M from New Enterprise Associates and Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund to Bring AI-Powered Robots to More Recycling Centers

  • Funding comes from Amazon, with continued participation from New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Amazon joins a broad base of climate tech investors behind Glacier, such as AlleyCorp, Overture Climate VC, and VSC Ventures.
  • As part of the investment, Amazon is announcing a pilot program to assess its impact on reducing landfill waste and increasing the use of recycled materials in packaging.
  • Glacier’s AI-powered recycling robots are improving sorting and recycling rates to prevent metals and plastics from ending up in landfills and oceans, all while reducing hazardous tasks for workers and ensuring high-quality recycling output across recycling centers across the US.

Glacier, an AI and robotics company helping the recycling industry create a world without waste, today announced it has raised $7.7 million in funding from NEA and Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, with additional participation by notable investors including AlleyCorp, Overture Climate VC, and VSC Ventures.

“We are excited to continue supporting Glacier’s mission of eliminating waste by automating recycling with AI and robotics,” said Ann Bordetsky, a partner at NEA. “Glacier’s market-leading technology not only enhances recycling efficiency but also paves the way for companies across industries to understand the efficacy of their sustainability initiatives.”

Glacier will allocate a significant portion of the funding towards team expansion and developing its low-cost, high-performance AI-enabled robots, which streamline recyclable sorting while gathering real-time data on recycling streams for businesses. Additionally, Glacier intends to utilize the funding to bolster its recycling capabilities, particularly in light of its recent collaboration with Amazon. This partnership is geared towards enhancing traceability and recovery processes for recyclable materials.

“Amazon is always looking at new ways to innovate on behalf of our customers, and plastic packaging is no exception,” said Nick Ellis, Principal of Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund. “In order to build a future where new materials can be recycled at scale, we must test options to move these materials through the recycling system. Partnering with Glacier will enable us to test the role of novel AI and robotics-based recycling technologies so that we can identify and aggregate novel packaging materials that can ultimately be recycled and repurposed.”

Today, nearly 80% of residential recyclables in the U.S. are not recycled, contributing to significant environmental pollution and resource depletion. Traditional recycling facilities need more access to the highly specialized machinery required for efficiently sorting a wide variety of materials.

”Waste is a significant climate issue that’s not being solved quickly enough and we believe we’ve developed the right technology to solve it,” said Areeb Malik, co-founder of Glacier. “Our breakthrough lies in designing purpose-built machinery tailored to solve the needs of the recycling industry.”

AI Recycling Robots Purpose Built for Recycling

Utilizing advanced AI capabilities, Glacier can identify over 30 different materials, spanning from broad categories like plastic bottles and aluminum cans to specific items such as toothpaste tubes and cat food cans. Glacier’s robots effectively sort a similarly wide array of items, including challenging materials such as grocery bags and trash bags, which are notoriously difficult to sort using traditional recycling processes.

“We’re always looking for ways to incorporate new technology into our sorting process,” said Eduardo Rodriguez, Deputy Director of the City of Phoenix Public Works Department. “AI cameras are a great way to help us catch recyclables that were missed in the initial sorting, and to collect data that will help us make needed adjustments within our Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).”

Furthermore, Glacier’s technology is made for ease of deployability. Space limitations, installation downtime, and capital requirements often constrain recycling facilities. To address these concerns, Glacier designed a robot that occupies the same footprint as a person and can be installed with no facility downtime and no heavy machinery. One Glacier robot can pay back in less than one year.

“Glacier’s team is applying cutting-edge robotics and AI to a massive real-world problem in a uniquely resourceful way,” said Abe Murray, General Partner at AlleyCorp. “As an investor specializing in robotics and deep tech, I can attest that building reliable custom industrial automation in just a few years is incredibly difficult. Glacier’s impressive technological expertise, relentless drive, and creative spirit have enabled them to do just that.”

Amazon’s investment is made possible through its Climate Pledge Fund and corporate venture capital fund, which earmarked $53 million for its Female Founder Initiative. Glacier is the second female CEO-led company to receive investment from the Climate Pledge Fund. “The diversity of Glacier’s team is an invaluable asset as they work to solve a problem as complex as the climate crisis. We look forward to supporting more companies like them through their entrepreneurial journey,” said Phoebe Wang, Investment Partner at Amazon Climate Pledge Fund.

”We’re excited by the progress we’ve made in the recycling industry, but to maximize Glacier’s impact on recycling, it’s essential that we work with stakeholders across the circular economy, including brands,” said Rebecca Hu, co-founder of Glacier. “That’s why we’re thrilled to collaborate with a sustainability leader like Amazon"

The funding comes on the heels of a breakthrough year for Glacier. The company was accepted into Elemental Excelerator’s prestigious 12th cohort, joining 15 startups dedicated to reimagining climate solutions across various sectors. Additionally, Glacier secured a significant grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, supported by The Recycling Partnership, the Carton Council, and the Foodservice Packaging Institute, to deploy several units in the Detroit area. With strategic partnerships, pilot programs, and ongoing deployments across the US, Glacier is dedicated to combating climate change one recyclable item at a time.

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Co-founded by Rebecca Hu and Areeb Malik, Glacier is the creator of the first purpose-built, affordable, and space-efficient AI-enabled robot for recycling. Based in San Francisco, CA, the company is committed to fighting climate change by ending waste. For more information about Glacier and its innovative recycling solutions, visit

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