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Trashman App collects scrap from doorsteps in Chennai


Trashman is an online scrap pickup service for recyclable waste.

Product or concept

Developed a mobile application for people to dispose waste from homes in an efficient manner.

Problem being solved

Reduce the amount of recyclable waste reaching landfills.

Process or technology involved

  • App is user friendly – allows users to choose pick up place and time.
  • Collects everything from old papers, books, cardboard boxes, bottles, iron, aluminium, steel, brass, copper, batteries, etc.
  • Rates are updated regularly on the app and residents are paid immediately in cash.
  • Collected waste is sent to godown in Irumbuliyur where it is segregated and sent to recycling units accordingly.

Sustainability benefits

  • Hassle-free collection and environmental-friendly disposal of waste.
  • Nearly 60% of landfill waste is generated from households. Doorstep collection ensures the recyclable items do not reach landfills in this manner.

User segments that will benefit

  • Residential Communities
  • Recycling Companies
  • Schools
  • Offices

People or organizations involved

Santharam Sathyamoorthy, Udhaya Kumar, Shiju Kingsly, Diwaker Perumal and Vedha Vijay, Trashman App

Innovations or USPs

The application has the rates of the recyclable materials updated regularly.

Related engineering, science or business topics

  • Waste Management
  • Computer Science

Other interesting highlights

For every waste collection visit booked through the app, the users receive one Trashman Coin. 150 of such coins can be exchanged for a sapling given by the Trashman Team.


Waste Management and Recycling

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Trashman on Google Play : You can download the application on Google Play.

Connect with experts

Saahas Zero Waste : Saahas Zero Waste has been in the field of waste management for the past 17 years.

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Mathew Jose : Paperman ventured into the waste management sector in 2010.

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