5 Startups which collect Wastes for a Cause 1

These 5 startups of the country purchase wastes so that they can be recycled again into beautiful products. Recycling helps to reduce energy usage, consumption of fresh raw materials, air pollution and water pollution by reducing the need for conventional waste disposal.


Karma Recycling

Karma Recycling was incorporated in the year 2013 by 2 college friends Akshat Ghiya and Aamir Jariwala. This 2 year old Delhi based startup operates on an innovative idea of e-recycling. It maintains an e-commerce website through which it purchases used electronic gadgets (e – wastes) like smartphones, tablets and laptops. The process of selling is quite simple. A seller needs to log on to their website and share some information about the gadget. Based on the information, the company gives a price quotation. If the seller agrees to trade off the gadget at that price, Karma Recycling sends an agent to the seller’s location for the pickup. The company re-sales the gadgets through different channels after performing minor repairs and full data wipe. It offers a 15 day money back guarantee on such devices. The gadgets which are beyond repair are recovered for parts or responsible recycling. The founder duo proudly says, “We have empowered many who could not afford a brand new mobile device with branded smartphones at low cost, allowing them to enter the mobile conversation. Through mobile device re-use, tons of e – waste is continually being diverted from landfills. The aim is to extend the life of a mobile device as much as possible, and when it cannot be extended any further, to recycle it responsible. We have restored an impressive 95% of mobile devices we’ve collected. The remaining 5% are recycled responsibly according to our zero landfill policy.”

Website of Karma Recycling: www.karmarecycling.in


EnCashea is another company which pays for your trash or scrap wastes. It was launched last year by three IITians – Priyank Jain (IIT Kharagpur), Rahul Jaiswal (IIT Kanpur) and Harshad Chaudhury (IIT Madras). The company presently operates in East Bangalore and collects a wide variety of scrap wastes like newspapers, books, plastic materials, metals and electronic items. With the help of its easy to use mobile application or website one can easily get rid off the unused materials in exchange of cash. EnCashea offers free service for picking up such items from one’s doorsteps. The company has also partnered with several vendors of the city who purchase scraps from them. They also sell the refurbished items to several consumers directly through their online portal. Under their “Teach for India” non-profit initiative, consumers can also donate scraps and other recyclable materials to support their cause of imparting education to all the underprivileged children. This young startup surely has a long way to go!

Website of EnCashea: www.encashea.com

Pom Pom

With a noble thought of keeping the environment clean and reduce the burden on landfills Pom Pom started its journey in November 2015. This Delhi based startup founded by Deepak Sethi and Kishor K Thakur accepts almost anything which can be recycled for further use. It collects plastic and glass materials, papers, metals, cardboards etc. For us, these materials may be garbage but for them they are treasures. A seller can easily get in touch with them and schedule a time for picking up the items they wish to get rid off. The pickup boys of Pom Pom collect the wastes (reusable items) from one’s doorsteps and store them in a warehouse for sorting. The company adds further value to the items before handing them over to their partner firms for recycling. The founders say, “We invite you to join us by doing your bit to save our planet and make it a better place for our future generations. Let’s Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.”

Website of Pom Pom: www.pompom.in

Help Us Green

Help Us Green is another startup which is into recycling of waste materials. Incorporated in the year 2014, it is the brainchild of Ankit Agarwal and Karan Rastogi. The young founder duo always wanted to see the rivers of the country clean and free from all sorts of pollution. Huge volumes of flowers from the religious institutions are dumped into the rivers and lakes of the country everyday which eventually rotten, kill the fishes and creates enormous pollution. Help Us Green collects those floral wastes from several places of worship and converts them into beautiful, natural products such as vermicompost, incense sticks, incense stones, bathing soaps etc. This Kanpur based startup sell their products through several e-commerce portals such as Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal. Regarding their green initiative the founders say, “Helpusgreen products not just reduce the flower waste but bring a bit of divine your home. Our work is based on our love for Nature and chemical free life. Helpusgreen is a step towards pollution free rivers.”

Website of Help Us Green: www.helpusgreen.com

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Eco Wise Waste Management

Eco Wise is a 5 year old waste management company of India based out of Noida. It was incorporated by Manik Thapar. Eco Wise provides comprehensive waste management solutions to Residential, Commercial, Institutional and Industrial entities. Their process includes collection, segregation, transportation and assistance to the recycling industry. Manik says, “All our practices are in accordance with MSW Rules 2000. We help businesses support their bottom line and help create a better environment to live in.”

Website of Eco Wise Waste Management: www.ecowise.net.in

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