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IIT Students Turns into Garbage Collector

Civil engineering department\'s professor Sudha Goel used to depend on the regular garbage collector who would come calling on a bicycle infrequently.

Published: 08th March 2016 02:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th March 2016 02:51 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

KHARAGPUR: Selling recyclable garbage in Kharagpur town is now as easy as ordering a pizza over phone, thanks to a social entrepreneurial initiative of a group of IITians.

A group of IIT Kharagpur students are successfully running a 'Kabaadi on Call' service which allows people living inside and outside the campus to call at a given number and fix up an appointment for a garbage collecting truck.

Phd student Abhimanyu Kar and his friends have formed a social entrepreneurial venture called 'GainWaste' which offers a comprehensive solid waste management and recycling services.

"We have hired labourers to collect recyclable waste from residential quarters. They go with a digital weighing machine and a rate card for different types of waste," the mechanical engineering student told PTI.

They collect all kinds of dry waste from papers to bottles and plastic and then resell it to a wholesaler at a nominal profit.

Started in 2014, they are selling recyclable garbage worth Rs 20,000 every month on an average.

"Till now most of such waste used to land in Gopali landfill at the edge of our campus. It created pollution and there were problems in segregating organic and recyclable waste. Now things are improving," Kar, who founded the company with two other students, said.

A lot of professors have become the customers of this students-led initiative.

Civil engineering department's professor Sudha Goel used to depend on the regular garbage collector who would come calling on a bicycle infrequently.

"But now I call them and they come at a time which is convenient to me. They take away everything which is recyclable and not just newspapers. I also get better rates," Goel said.



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