IIT students turn garbage collectors

garbageSelling recyclable garbage in Kharagpur town is now as easy as ordering a pizza over phone. 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 .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

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