Organizations that have changed the way of waste disposal
With waste impacting the environment in a myriad of ways, proper disposal of waste has become the need of the hour. Organizations as well are taking steps to reduce the amount of waste generated by them.
The following is a list of 5 Indian companies that were able to make the best out of waste:
SKRAP is a Mumbai-based startup that offers end-to-end waste management solutions for events and workplaces, founded in 2017 by Divya Ravichandran.
Skrap, through their projects, works closely with customers to help achieve their goal of achieving zero-waste-to-landfill. Skrap is an environmental sustainability firm that helps organizations, events, and brands adopt sustainable practices and zero waste solutions. Skrap has created a systematic process. It is implemented at major activities such as the Youtube Fanfest and the Bacardi NH7 Weekender and uses the system to handle the full waste needs of the event from the start to the end. It does everything from determining the needs of the event to recommending zero-waste, compostable goods to establishing and managing the whole waste management infrastructure.
This Bangalore-based startup led by the 56-year-old founder and CEO, Wilma Rodríguez, has a clear company strategy: Sending zero waste to the landfill. The zero-waste program of Saahas prohibits 25 tonnes of waste from being dumped into the dump yard each day. This organization focuses on source segregation and decentralized waste management
Saahas provides segregation aid, trains the workers diligently, and ensures that the customer sends zero waste to the waste site. Saahas works with government institutions, companies, households, and schools to bring attention to best practices in the management of solid waste and also establishes collection and processing infrastructure. The programs also focus on better livelihood opportunities for the informal sector. Saahas has a pan-India presence, working in both urban and rural areas.
NAMO e-waste is based in Delhi and was founded by Akshay Jain. The start-up aims to provide green solutions to electronic evaluations through more structural changes.
i. It gathers E-waste.
ii. Process it into useful items.
iii. Then recycle it.
Namo E-Waste collects all kinds of electronic waste such as laptops, air-conditioners, refrigerators, microwaves, and reconditions many of these items, for continued use. Items that are beyond repair are dismantled for useful parts, with hazardous materials being segregated from other waste, which goes through a separation process to recover semi-precious metals such as copper and aluminum. The hazardous waste is also separated so that metals may be extracted from it; it is then safely stored and transported to a government-approved treatment, storage, and disposal facility. Hence, NAMO has an important role to play in ensuring that India becomes zero waste by offering environmentally-friendly alternatives to the rising volume of electronic waste.
Pooja Rai is exploring a fresh, creative way to make the most out of waste at Anthill Creations in Bangalore. Anthill gathers and recycles scrap tyres to build children’s playgrounds and over 10,000 such playgrounds have already been installed. Their goal is to promote interactive learning opportunities in public spaces focused primarily on sustainable development. This organization not only treats hazardous waste but also brings smiles to rural, inaccessible parts of the world.
Anthill Creations is a team of architects from IIT Kharagpur who aim to bring back play in the lives of children by making play accessible to millions of kids. They work towards the lighter, quicker, and cheaper transformation of dead zones into interactive and sustainable playscapes from scrap tyres & recycled material, by mobilizing the communities. They focus on 3-fold impact: Social, Economic, and Environment. They want to create thousands of playground every year
ExtraCarbon is a waste management company in Haryana, which allows individuals to recycle waste, sell second-hand items, and make eco-friendly choices every day. It is a marketplace for selling goods you would have disposed of by claiming to be “kabadiwala on-demand.” ExtraCarbon processes and refurbishes the product until it is sold.
Gaurav Joshi, founder, and Chief Executive Officer works with one major objective: to allow people to recycle in real-time. It allows their customers to arrange their collection service and thus, builds a kabadiwala network.
ExtraCarbon makes recycling easier and more accessible making zero-waste management possible.
Waste management in urban India can be a major challenge, but these five start-ups reaped the benefits of their great opportunity and are working hard to improve our lives. In rural areas, the government has recently launched a program for solid waste management. We hope to see lesser waste in the future with increasing public awareness and more innovative ideas to come.