3 Startups That Are Recycling And Showing How To Do Waste Management
‘Nothing is waste and get the best out of waste' is the motto of these three startups - Scarpshala, Recycle India and Anthill creations. From recycling or reusing plastic bottles, rubber tyres, glass bottles to e-wastes, these three companies have tackled waste disposal of all kinds, in their own unique ways. Under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, along with open defecation and sanitation, waste management is part of the government's agenda. Members of these companies actually took upon the onus of reducing the burden of wastes on landfills and came up with innovative ideas to recycle garbage.
Scrapshala - The Key To Waste Management
28-year old Shikha Shah left her high paying job in IIT Chennai and returned to her hometown - Varanasi to start her startup, 'Scrapshala' in 2016. The startup deals in waste management by recycling or reusing old crap. Within a year, the company has successfully recycled more than 20,000 plastic bottles and around 10,000 kilograms of waste. "Spotting trash at every other corner in different parts of India is common but finding a solution that could be practiced at consumer level was exciting for me," says Shikha.
Best Out Of Waste
The company takes generally 2-3 days to convert garbage items into office accessories, upcycled games for kids, furniture, customised gifting products and home and garden decorations. Since Varanasi is the gem of textile industry, the company has recently gotten involved with textile waste as well. With 1.8 million tonnes, India is the fifth largest e-waste generator in the world. Scrapshala has also involved itself in recycling e-waste products like CDs into creative home decorative pieces.
Reinvent India's ‘Nothing Is Waste' Philosophy
Like Shikha, a Hyderabad based couple - Prashant Lingam and Aruna Kappagantula started the ‘Recycle India' initiative in 2015 to follow the principle of three R's - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Within two years the couple went on to build a house, water tank and a shelter bus stop all made out of plastic bottles. Eight months back, the couple literally weaved ropes out of thousands of chips packets, tied them up onto a metal frame and created an entire dining table.
Recycling Municipal Waste
The startup also coverts municipal wastes like tyres and drums into bright and innovative chairs, tables, dustbins, flowerpots, etc. The couple is also working towards reducing the menace of litter by converting oil drums given by the municipal corporations into dustbins. Currently, the couple is in the process of developing furniture, especially chairs from cardboards that are usually abandoned from flex hoardings and donate it to the government schools. They are simultaneously working towards making ropes out of PET bottles.