Anurag after completing his graduation was looking for a local scrap dealer or a kabadiwala to give away his books and paper assignments. He was shocked to know about the fact that how unorganised the waste management sector is, “Right from the rag pickers working informally in hazardous situations, to the lack of transparency to people being ignorant about the concept of waste segregation, there is a great deal of work that needs to be done in order to manage recyclable items.”
Then he started his start up by the name of Kabadiwala an online avatar of local scrap dealers. All one has to do is schedule a visit online, and the team will visit the house, lift recyclable items including newspaper, plastic, metal, books, iron, etc. In return, the customer will get paid.
In their bid to implement the three 3Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle, Anurag and Kavindra’s start-up collects items, segregates them and then sells them to the city-based recycling units. They also developed mobile application and started an awareness drive, among the masses. The Kabadiwala, today, has a 50,000 plus customer base and 25 Kabadiwala teams spread across four cities in Madhya Pradesh.
This is really a wonderful idea to reuse, recycle all the waste materials on a single online platform.