Delhi Startup Helps Recycle 100K Tons of Plastic Waste Into Bags, Shirts & More
29 April 2019 11:15 AM GMT
Not only has this simple initiative saved 1.4 lakh CO2 emissions, it has also increased the income of rag pickers by 25% - a win-win for the planet as well as its people! More
- World's annual consumption of plastics stands at 300 million tonnes, and India contributes around 16.5 million tonnes according to a 2018 report in Down to Earth that cites PlastIndia Foundation.
- Alarmed by the mounting plastic crisis, two Delhiites came together and started a scrap management company that aims to promote the collection and recycling of plastics.
- Founded by Dinesh Parikh and Sachin Sharma, GEM Enviro Management Pvt Ltd is one of the few Producer Responsibility Organisations (PRO) registered with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
- The channelised format of collecting plastic waste that GEM follows has increased the income of rag pickers by 25 per cent, says Sachin.
- So far, around 3,000 rag pickers have been associated with the waste management company.