In India scrap dealers (kabadiwalas) are the direct link between the recycling sector and e-waste producers, but unorganised, less efficient, reluctant to better administrative support and earns relatively little.
The resident behavior towards kabadiwals are only scavenger not as a cleaner, our aim is to break the traditional face of this disadvantage groups and link them with a cooperative business model where their traditional approach of doing business supported through technological intervention.
Training the kabadiwalas on occupational health and security while deal with e-waste to promote their cleaner images, to ensure quality education for their children under vocational education run by government and providing small loans to potential family members to start entrepreneurial work, we see this project as an inclusive e-waste management model at Nawalgarh Rajasthan.
Inspired from PURA Model we target to bring adequate infrastructure set up at village level to boost the rural development, including regional ITI College as model site for e-waste management. We plan to integrate the ITI colleges with Kabadiwals as collection spot for discarded electronics.
The problems of the kabadiwalas, are realized by the fact that they are harassed by a paucity of working capital, debt traps, loan sharks, high operational costs, fluctuating prices and collection volumes, and low margins. It is found that they are also losing their keenness due to bigger players and disintermediation. The social problems this community was facing included lack of identity and state recognition, low acceptance in society, and harassment by police and neighbours.
We have set up Connect Agency with the objectives of empowering the kabadiwalas and ensuring greater recycling efficiency. The kabadiwalas have been connected to waste producers through our online lead to them, running pick up vans for e-waste collection from homes to increase collection volume. We have tied with ITI College as regional ware house with unique idea of introducing the 3R Module supplementary to their existing industrial training course plan. We believe due to fund paucity at college student miss proper training due to lack of electronic materials such as AC, Refrigerator, and computer desktop LED/LCD, Smart Mobile phones and other Large and small house hold items. This will immensely help college administration and students becoming more familiar to fast changing technology. The repair and refurbishment is our another ambitious planning where trained ITI student will repair and refurbish the potential reusable electronics which will be sold to individual , organization on low cost. We will facilitate rest un-repairable electronic to recyclers. We maintain the proper inventory of repaired, refurbished and recyclable electronic items.
Using ICT, the kabadiwalas will be able to interact with their customers in a lucrative manner. Societal acceptance and raised social status will be another by-product of the programme. Participating households or customers will advantage from timely access to kabadiwalas and augmented income.
Through this project every kabadiwala will help in recycling of approximately 18 tonnes every year and reduce operating costs. The project will benefit them via an increase of ` 4,500 in monthly net income, access their children to better education and positive contribution to society.
Our project aims to bring a positive environmental impact, with millions of waste getting diverted from landfills & supplied to recycle plant.