If not glamorous, recycling is an essential part of fighting climate change. The world has a serious trash problem. The U.S. alone produces 292.4 million tons of trash a year. Half of the plastic we produce goes to single-use products.

The world dumps between 50 million and 50 million metric tons of electronic waste each year. Tech gadgets and the clean energy technologies we need to fight climate change rely on critically finite minerals.

The ability to achieve a more sustainable world is threatened by mountains of trash, un-recycled plastic and a shortage of minerals. The CEOs of three companies will join us on stage at the Global Finals of the Extreme Tech Challenge on June 14 in Berkeley, California.

A combination of computer vision, machine learning and robotic automation can sort waste streams in ways that traditional systems can't. The robots can tell the difference between high and low density plastic, which can be seen in shapes like cups and lids. In the year 2021, the number of robotic installations doubled across 25 states.

A master's degree in electrical engineering and four bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, and economics were earned by founder and CEO Matanya Horowitz. He obtained a doctorate in control and dynamical systems from the California Institute of Technology.

A new U.S.-based startup that just raised $11 million in Series A financing is transforming plastic waste through its proprietary technology. The process breaks down the most widely used plastic into chemical building blocks that can be used to make high value products.

A Forbes 30 Under 30, UN Young Champion of the Earth and a Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius prize winner are some of the accomplishments of Miranda Wang. She received her bachelor's degree in engineering entrepreneurship from UPenn and her bachelor's degree in science from McGill University.

Nth Cycle has developed a new technology. It allows recyclers and miners to recover critical minerals from discarded batteries, low-grade ores and mine site waste using only electricity and carbon filters. It is an alternative to current hydrometallurgy processes.

Megan OConnor is a chemist. She founded Nth Cycle after she defended her thesis. She graduated from the second cohort of Innovation Crossroads at Oak Ridge National Laboratory after receiving her doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University.

We are looking forward to the discussion about how technology is transforming recycling into a powerful, efficient and cost-effective tool for fighting climate change. We want to know how to scale for even more growth, and how to get a sense of each company's roadmap.

The growing wave of startup, technologies, scientists and engineers dedicated to saving our planet and the investors who finance them is the focus of the upcoming sessions. We will be at UC Berkley on June 14. Register and save $200.