These 8 startups are helping Indian cities manage trash

Waste management may be a huge problem in urban India, but these eight startups are tapping the large opportunity it holds and bettering our life.Urban households in India generate over 6 crore tonnes of garbage every year, of which a whopping 85 percent is recyclable. Unfortunately, most of this waste ends up in landfills, polluting the soil, air and water. India is also one of the world’s largest producers of e-waste, discarding roughly 18.5 lakh tonnes of hazardous waste every year. When mixed with domestic waste, most of the electronic waste ends up in landfills or incinerators, releasing cancer-causing carcinogens and other toxins into the environment. While waste management is a huge problem, it is also a large opportunity in India. According to a report published by market research company NOVONOUS, India’s waste management market will be worth US$ 13.62 billion by 2025. With the Swachh Bharat Mission aiming at more public-private partnerships with startups and NGOs working in the field, the domestic industry is estimated to grow at a rapid pace. We list down eight startups working towards the goal of a landfill-free future. Firm believers in reduce, reuse and recycle, these startups are helping citizens and organisations from different Indian cities manage their waste.

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