Waste management is now just a text message away, with Kabadiwalla Connect’s tech-savvy attempts to make waste segregation smoother
Every time the garbage bin in the apartment complex in Mylapore fills up with plastic, Santhanam, the scrap-dealer in the neighbourhood will get a text message on his phone. He will cycle to the place and pick up the waste. Imagine this system in place across the city — plastic will seamlessly be segregated and recycled.
Our scrap dealers, who are doing us and the environment a huge favour, will finally be included in mainstream waste management. This is the idea behind Kabadiwalla Connect’s latest initiative Recycle Chennai.
Recycle Chennai employs smart bins called Urbin that have built-in field sensors so that we know when they are full. “Right now, there are two bins each at Viswakamal Apartments and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Mylapore, and Women’s Christian College,” says Prajeeth S, Growth Manager, Kabadiwalla Connect. The project is at the pilot stage and is part of the 150 picked from 2,000 applications from across the world by the Global Innovation Fund to be showcased in Expo Live 2020 in Dubai. “The event happens every five years and is like the Olympics of innovations,” explains Prajeeth.
The idea, according to Prajeeth, is to integrate the smart bins with the local scrap dealers who form the informal sector. He explains how once the bins, employed to segregate plastic, are 80% full, the kayalan kadai kaaran (scrap-dealer) will be sent a text message. “The bins have hooks that are attached to jute sacks,” he explains. “He will simply unhook the sack and replace it with another one.”....Read more
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