Scrap disposal now goes the e-way

Anvita Srivastava
Friday, 25 January 2019

Waste management of dry trash is an issue for a lot of households in Pune. However, with platforms like Scrapcash and Green Soldiers coming into existence, a lot of Puneites feel that their struggles to get rid of scrap like glass, metal, plastic, cardboard and e-waste have decreased, as it gets recycled for better sustainable development.

Pune: Waste management of dry trash is an issue for a lot of households in Pune. However, with platforms like Scrapcash and Green Soldiers coming into existence, a lot of Puneites feel that their struggles to get rid of scrap like glass, metal, plastic, cardboard and e-waste have decreased, as it gets recycled for better sustainable development.

Scrapcash and Green Soldiers are the platforms based out of Pune. They provide doorstep recycling services to around 7,000-odd households across the city. They collect dry waste like paper, cardboard, metal, glass, e-waste, etc, from the housing societies and also pay for the trash. They pre-process it at their centres by segregating it further and selling it to certified recyclers.

Siddhant Ingle, Founder and CEO of Scrapcash, said, “We started this platform in February 2017. The basic idea was to create awareness about segregation among people and also to recycle the maximum amount of trash.” He further said, “We have tied up with societies and follow an eight-bin structure for different recyclable items like paper, tetrapack, glass, broken glass, e-waste, plastic, cardboard and metals. These bins are kept in societies and we collect the trash weekly. Societies can contact us through whatsapp and the website. The response in Pune has been amazing, as people are willing to make an effort for environment conservation, We have almost 3,000 repeat customers and a lot of new customers as well. We are also planning to start our application very soon,” he added.

Anand Abbad, Founder, Green Soldiers, said, “Dumping of dry garbage is a huge problem as the landfills are growing, so we decided to provide doorstep collection of recyclable waste from the households for a better sustainable development.”

“We have tied up with societies as well as individuals and have almost 3,000 customers all across the city,” Abbad informed. 

He further said, “The idea was to make people aware about at source segregation of dry waste and also about resource management, as items like plastic, metals, papers can be recycled effectively and can be used as resource. Our emphasis is to make the recycling process easier so that we can contribute to the betterment of the environment.”

“We continuously speak to different segments of people like schools, colleges, societies, corporates and make them aware about dry waste management,” said.

“We collect old clothes as well and donate it to the needy people or NGOs. The basic aim is to save the mother Earth and contribute in sustainable development,” he further added.

Sangeeta Kale, a resident of Park Street, Wakad, is using one of these platforms for last five months and is extremely happy. She said, “It is very helpful and convenient because of their doorstep service.
The best part of this platform is that our trash is getting recycled and reused in an effective manner and we are able to contribute to environment conservation. In a way, we are not putting a burden on Pune Municipal Corporation by taking care of our dry waste at society level.”

Shabnam Fazal from Raheja Woods, Kalyani Nagar, said, “I am using it for last two years, as it is convenient because of its doorstep service. The best part is all our trash is recycled and can be used in sustainable development.”

Anil Kumar from Wakad said, “I am using this platform for more than a month and I am extremely satisfied with it. All our trash gets recycled rather that being dumped, which eventually creates lot of environmental issue. It helps in reusing the trash and convert into something more productive and gives us chance to help in environmental conservation.”

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