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Kabadiwalla Connect Introduces “Urbins” in Chennai


Kabadiwalla Connect, city-based startup is redefining waste management by leveraging data and technology to help residents segregate and recycle non-biodegradable waste.

Product or concept

They have developed a mobile application called ‘Recykle and 'Urbins’ which connects local scrap dealers with the residents who want to dispose off their waste responsibly.

Problem being solved

Reduce the quantity of recycled waste from ending up in landfills.

Process or technology involved

  • Developed a smart bin called ‘Urbin’ which has been placed in 19 locations in Mylapore.
  • The bins are fitted with built-in field sensors which will send a text message to the neighbourhood kabadiwalla once it is full.
  • The bins have jute sacks which will be removed by the scrap dealer and replaced with another one
  • The Recykle app works on a map-based interface - has drop-off points of the Urbins and contact details of the kabadiwallas.

Sustainability benefits

  • Brings the informal sector of the workforce into the mainstream waste management sector.
  • Streamline the waste management sector further by connecting residents, commercial establishments and industries with kabadiwallas who will sell the collected waste to Kabadiwalla Connect for a reasonable price.

User segments that will benefit

Residential Communities/ Welfare Organisations

Municipal Corporations

Waste Recycling Companies

Commercial Establishments

People or organizations involved

Siddharth Hande,

Kabadiwalla Connect

Innovations or USPs

  • Ensures traceability through its real-time tracking system. The users will know where their scrap is going and what is being done with it.
  • User earns points for the material the they drop – more point they collect – the users are entitled for offers in restaurants and salons.

Related engineering, science or business topics

  • Waste Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Awards & recognitions

  • In 2014, it won a climate change grant from the World Economic Forum,
  • In 2017, funding it received from a World Bank project in March
  • One of six innovators chosen for the Launch Nordic 2016 award in December 1, 2016.
  • Finalists in the 'Innovation Global South Award' category at the World Smart City Awards 2016 in November 16, 2016.
  • MIT Climate CoLab award in 'waste management' in September, 2016.

Other interesting highlights

Since Kabadiwalla Connect’s business began in 2014, 500 metric tons of PET bottles collected by the informal economy sector between 2014 and 2017 2,000 kabadiwallas listed, 100 of whom have specialized and professionalized with KWC.

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Kabadiwalla Connect introduces ‘Urbins’ in Mylapore : The article provides more details about the prototype specific and location it is installed in Chennai.

Kabadiwalla Connect: 'A Start-up way' of making money off recyclable waste! : The article explores how Kabadiwalla Connect was formed in Chennai.

Kabadiwalla Connect: Bringing efficiencies into waste segregation, recycling : The article takes a deeper look into how the organisation is reducing the inefficiencies in the waste management sector.

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Kabadiwalla Connect : For more information regarding the product and the locations it is present at, you can contact the organisation through the website.

Kabadiwalla Connect - LinkedIn : For more information about the company and the services they provide, you can connect with them over LinkedIn.

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