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Protoprint, a Pune based enterprise has partnered with Punes waste pickers and is converting plastic waste into
filaments for 3D printing. According to the data provided by the government, more than 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste
is generated in India every day, of which 6,000 tonnes remain uncollected and littered. In order to overcome this
worrisome statistic, Siddhant Pai founder of Protoprint partnered with SWaCH (Solid Waste Collection and Handling, or
SWaCH Seva Sahakari Sanstha Maryadit) in 2013 and started buying plastics filaments from the organisation for 300
rupees. The company has set up Filament Labs at dumpsites as well where they process High-Density Polythene
(HDPE), such as shampoo and detergent bottles. The bottles are converted into flakes which are then melted and
extruded into HDPE filaments which are then used in the process of 3D printing, an additive manufacturing technique in
which one can create, or print, objects layer by layer using raw material powder or filament as feedstock.


Pom Pom is a web-based recycling platform that helps people to dispose off recyclable waste in a responsible manner.
Whats great is that the Pom Pom service also pays you back for your waste management initiative; it is one of a kind
Trash to Cash service that pays you for your unwanted recyclable trash. Founded by Deepak Sethi and Kishor K
Thakur, POM POM service has started its operations in South Delhi.

According to government data, Delhi is among the top ten largest plastic waste producing cities in the country. To
address the growing waste concerns of the city, Pom Pom started converting recyclables into raw form, which can be
used to create new different products.

The best part is that this startup is just a call away. One can also put in the request via the mobile app.

Karma Recycling is today a leading trade-in operator and redistributor of electronics in India. The website portal allows
the users to trade in over 700 models of working and non-working smartphones, tablets, and laptops. What the
company does is simple; it buys your old electronic device in any condition and recycles it for you. With more than 950
million devices currently in use, India is the third largest mobile device market in the world, and is rapidly becoming a
global nerve center for device commerce. But, unfortunately, due to a lack of awareness and inadequate access to
recycling, these devices that could be refreshed, repaired, refurbished, resold, are either being wasted or ending up in
landfills, polluting our environment. E-waste is slowly becoming one of Indias biggest problems.

Founded in 2013, Karma Recycling came with the philosophy that a useless device for someone can turn into a useful
device for someone else. To sell the used device, all you have to do is go to their website, submit details and answer a
simple questionnaire. And, voila you are done

GPS Renewables is a Bangalore based enterprise that is solving the urban organic waste management problem in an
economical and environmentally clean way. Founded by Mainak Chakraborty and Sreekrishna Sankar, the company is
working on a thumb rule of Zero wastage. It is turning all the kitchen and other organic waste into biogas which has
been around in India for a long time but its installations have traditionally not taken off because of poor awareness and
cost issues.

The company launched a pilot project named BioUrja which is a compact plug-and-play system that users can install
anywhere with minimal civil work, and is perfect for bulk generators of bio-degradable waste. The system has proven to
be effective since 2013 and processes around 600 kgs of kitchen waste every single day. The company has now
expanded beyond India into Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka.

This startup collects and recycles cigarette waste, and even pays you for it Smoking cigarette is harmful! But, it is
harmful even when it is disposed off. Did you know cigarette butts take anywhere between 18 months and 10 years to
fully decompose? The cigarette butt, discarded after smoking, is one of the most littered items in the world today,
moreover, it is an environmental hazard. Now a Noida-based company Code, is recycling all kinds of cigarette waste
and trying to tackle this problem.

Two friends in their twenties, Vishal Kant and Naman Gupta, started this startup. The company pays Rs. 700 for every
kilogram of cigarette waste, and Rs. 80 for every 100 grams. Their customers are people who smoke as well as those
who sell cigarettes.



About 50 million tons of electronic waste were generated worldwide in 2012, according to a United Nations report. The
same report predicted that number would grow to 65.4 million tons of e-waste by 2017. To put that in context, that's
about 200 Empire State Buildings or, for the more worldly, 11 Great Pyramids of Giza.

While some of that wastefrom old televisions to smartphonesis refurbished and recycled, a troubling amount of it is
shipped to landfills around the world, where often it's incinerated, leaching toxic chemicals into the environment. In
Guiyu, China, a now infamous dumping ground for electronics, studies have found startlingly high levels of lead in
children's bloodstreams.

>But Priv Bradoo believes she can change things with the promise of gold and silver

Sometimes, no amount of sick kids and loaded landfills can convince the world to change its dangerous behavior. But
Priv Bradoo believes she can change things with the promise of gold and silver. Bradoo is the co-founder and CEO of
BlueOak Resources, a Burlingame, California-based startup that wants to help the country mine precious metals from
its stream of e-scraps. The hope is that we'll soon see our e-waste as a source of revenue, instead of letting it tumble
into landfills.

As it turns out, a lot of the world's e-waste is stuffed with valuable metals like gold, silver, and copper. One ton of circuit
boards has anywhere from 40 to 800 times the amount of gold in it than one ton of mined gold ore, according to
the Environmental Protection Agency. In other words, the mining industry spends a fortune extracting these metals
from the ground. Corporations spend even more buying the materials and molding them into a highly concentrated
form. Then, after all that, we dump them by the ton back into the ground like so many chewed up wads of gum.

"It just doesn't make sense," Bradoo says. And that's why she and her co-founder, Bryce Goodman, started BlueOak to
focus on what they call "above the ground recovery" of high-value materials. Yes, there's already a booming recycling
and refurbishing industry worldwide, and in places like Europe, Asia, and Canada, there are already large-scale smelters
who can extract these precious materials from e-scrap. But Bradoo says there's a gap in the system. Many of these
smelters only deal in mass quantities of scrap, she explains, meaning some smaller collectors can't even send their scrap
abroad. Those who can, Bradoo says, are effectively sending potential profits overseas. So, on Tuesday, BlueOak is
breaking ground on the first urban e-waste mining refinery in the United States.

Turning Trash Into Treasure

Bradoo is not new to the waste recovery industry. Before launching BlueOak, she was vice president of business
development for LanzaTech, a startup that turns toxic waste gasses from factories into high-value fuel. She was
working as a faculty adviser at Singularity University, an educational organization for socially conscious tech
entrepreneurs, when she met Goodman, who was a student at Singularity. They bonded over a shared interest in the
concept of "upcycling," or converting waste into value, and in 2011, they launched BlueOak.

By building a refinery in the United States, BlueOak is launching a new industry here, one that Bradoo hopes will
encourage more American consumers and corporations to think twice about tossing their used electronics out with the
trash. The first refinery in Osceola, Arkansas is set to be completed by next year and will start off processing 15 million
lbs of scrap per year and grow from there. BlueOak will partner with collectors who gather used electronics primarily
from corporations. Those collectors separate the plastics and other materials from the waste, and send BlueOak the
parts that contain high value metals. The company charges these collectors an upfront processing fee. Then, after the
precious metals are extracted and sold, it returns the majority of the profits to the collectors.

This model has attracted investor interest from the likes of Kleiner Perkins Caulfield Byers, which participated in
BlueOak's seed round in 2011. More recently, the company raised another $35 million from the Arkansas Teachers
Retirement Fund and the Arkansas Development Finance Authority to build the Osceola facility. "I liked the fact that it's
an acute problem, and it has exponential growth potential to it," says Amol Deshpande, a partner at Kleiner Perkins.
"All these devices and their obsolescence creates an issue around waste toxicity that needs to be addressed, and it can't
be addressed with landfills."

'A Wicked Problem'

Still, some experts argue that BlueOak, and indeed the rest of the e-waste industry, may be overstating their potential
for impact. According to Josh Lepawsky, who has studied the e-waste problem as associate professor of geography at
Memorial University of Newfoundland, the vast majority of waste in the world actually comes from manufacturing and
production. Used materials, he estimates, make up about 3 percent of the waste in the world. Used electronics are just
a fraction of that.

"It's not that I don't think what they're doing might be positive," he says of BlueOak's work, "but it's going to be directed
at that roughly 3 percent of all waste and within that, an even smaller slice. And yes, that slice is growing very quickly,
but it's still a thin slice." A better approach for BlueOak, he says, would be to collect the waste that's coming out of the
manufacturing process, itself. "Anything that moves material and energy recovery up the value chain prior to purchase
is going to have a much more substantial impact," he says.

>It's an intractable issue, and Bradoo admits that what BlueOak is doing is only part of the solution.

Still, Lepawsky argues that to truly solve what he calls a "wicked problem" like e-waste, there would need to be a
massive reduction in the volume of gadgets and devices that are currently being produced. "We all know the waste
hierarchy of reduce, reuse, recycle," he says. "It's incredibly telling that almost all of our focus is spent on recycling and
nothing on reduction."

Bradoo, for one, agrees that the glut of new products in the market is the real culprit. Tech companies are under
tremendous pressure from Wall Street to roll out the "next big thing" every few months, and as a result, the lifespan of
the "last big thing" gets shorter by the day. It's an intractable issue, and Bradoo admits that what BlueOak is doing is
only part of the solution. "As long as you've got the companies developing these devices and consumer behavior that
propagates the proliferation of devices, you're going to see an exponential rise in electronic waste," she says. "We need
to be thinking about how we want technology to impact the world, not just in our utilitarian use, but at the end of life,

Mumbai-based TESSOL is mainly into logistics and intends to transform the way thermal energy is being produced and
consumed in the world at present. The startup focus on technologies that have tremendous potential to impact current
thermal applications in Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial facilities. Tessol is currently focusing on the cold chain
sector transportation as well as stationary storages using the cold plates technology. It uses the brand name
PlugnChill for this solution. PlugnChill eliminates the use of diesel for refrigeration operations reducing its operating
costs by more than 60% while ensuring temperature stability of the container. The system charges within 6 hours using
any power source and thereafter maintains the required temperature range in the container for upto 24 hours for a
point to point transport.


Incubated at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, this 2010 founded startup offers geothermal cooling
technology, LED indoor lightning and hot water co-generation solution. Initially having begin as a three-member team
has now matured into a company with 80 staff with offices in Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Singapore. The startup
plans to touch Rs.250-300 crores in revenue by the year 2016-2017.


The company founded in the year 2009 provides decentralized energy solutions. This also includes various range of
solar products like solar home systems, solar water heating systems, solar inverters, solar lanterns, solar TV, solar micro
grids and solar irrigation systems, KW installations for households and institutions and cookstoves etc.

It is said, id one wants to explore the real culture of a place, the best place to do this is through its countryside.
Unfortunately, a lot of these rural areas in India are blanketed in deep power crisis. Bihar based Husk Power Systems
aim is to provide power to Indias rural population by making use of company developed proprietary technology.The
startup uses a biomass gasifier to generate electricity. Each of the companys plant is currently serving over 400 rural
households, thus saving 18,000 litres of diesel and 42,000 litres of kerosene every year. This further helps in improving
the health conditions in rural along with reducing the alarming indoor air pollution levels.


India is a land rich with natural resources but at the rate at which were consuming, something needs to be done in
order to conserve these natural resources for the future brigade. Started in the year 2010 by Chintan and Harit Soni, this
innovative startup, which already has over 450 companies in its kitty, is working towards provide energy management
solutions to the energy rich land that is India.

Avant Garde is a Trivandrum, Kerala based cleantech startup that claims to be Indias first & only startup with 100%
renewable energy commitment. It aim is to introduce innovative, affordable and sustainable solutions that take
renewable energy self sufficiency and energy empowerment to the next level through a distributed and decentralized
approach using pioneering strategies the world has not witnessed yet.The comparatively young startup is making wind
turbine generators that are extremely easy on pocket but at the same time high on performance. The startup aimed for
a market launch during 2016 with its first offerings as a highly affordable small wind turbine suitable for residential,
commercial, agricultural, village electrification and other uses.


Founded in the year 2011, this particular startup realised it real soon that in order to transform and provide an eco-
friendly touch to the pest control measures being currently employed in agriculture, they will have to initially focus on
doing extensive research.Following this strong emphasis on research principle, the startup founded by Lokesh Makam
has been successful in coming up with some unique next generation integrated pest management tools and produces.
These products are highly effective, eco-friendly, good in performance, non-chemical based crop protection products
that are also easy on pocket.The companys future plans includes developing a pest control methodology with
dedicated personnel and a strong supply chain, so as to have a positive impact on ecology and society.

Mera Gao Power, which means my village in Hindi language, builds, owns, and operates micro grids in Uttar Pradesh
serving off-grid villages with high quality, dependable lighting and mobile phone charging services. MGPs unique
model is able to provide service to a typical hamlet for $1,000, making its lowest cost design the first commercially
viable micro grid targeted at the rural poor.The U.S. Agency for International Development is MGPs first investor.
USAID, through its Development Innovation Ventures, has awarded MGP a grant of $300,000 to build and operate
micro grids in 40 off-grid villages of Sitapur district, in the state of Uttar Pradesh and evaluate the impact of MGPs
services on health, income, and education.Notably, MGP was also selected as a Technology Pioneer by the World
Economic Forum, in 2014. MGP currently serves 150,000 people in 25,000 homes across 1,600 villages in 8 districts of
Uttar Pradesh.

Gram Power was founded in 2010 by Yashraj Khaitan (an Indian), and Jacob Dickinson (an American), engineering
graduates of University of California, Berkeley, who are being mentored by Eric Brewer, a vice-president of
infrastructure at Google and a professor at Berkeley. The startup provides cutting edge Smart Grid technologies to
address the electrification challenges in developing nations. In March 2012, the startup set up Indias first Solar
Powered Smart Microgrid in the Rajasthan hamlet of Khareda Lakshmipura, providing energy for lights, buttermilk
machines, televisions and fans.So far, the startup has brought smart grids to 30 remote areas in rural India through its
Smart Microgrid solution. Its now bringing its technology to the national grid by managing power distribution with its
technology for Indias biggest private power distribution company.The startup was selected among the top 10
Cleantech Innovations by NASA in 2011.

Future energy resource team (FERT) is a humble startup with huge potential originated in the city of kollam,Kerala.
They are providing solutions in energy management, waste management and water management. Within two years of
formation they managed to obtain more than 1000 clients. Unlike the other startups where freshers just out of college
taking the lead, the core team of FERT consists of well experienced professionals and engineers who had made their
mark in different energy sectors. For more details please visit: FERT

Digital Green is a not-for-profit organization which brings together technology and social organisations to improve
agriculture, health and nutrition. They build innovative platforms to enable rural communities to create and share
videos for wider adoption of locally relevant practices. They partner with local public, private and civil society
organizations to share knowledge on improved agricultural practices, livelihoods, health, and nutrition using locally
produced videos.

Waste Ventures India averts up to 90% of waste from dumpsites and produces nutrient-rich organic compost. They sign
multi-year contracts with local municipalities and employ waste pickers at their processing units to segregate waste.
The Delhi-based startup, launched in 2011, has 44 projects lined up this year. Two of these have been kickstarted in
Andhra Pradesh villages.

Bengaluru-based Encashea collects scrap waste for cash in select areas of the city. They pay you for segregating your
recyclable scrap properly, lowering its environmental impact. Encashea has an Android app that makes it easy for users
to request for a pickup. EnCashea has the prices for trash listed on the website. While books can go for up to Rs. 6 per
kg, e-waste can be sold for upto Rs. 10/kg.

Founded in 2010 by Vivek Subramanian, Saif Dhorajiwala and Vikas Saluguti, Fourth Partner Energy (4PEL) focuses on
financing and building rooftop solar projects for commercial, industrial and residential clients. It recently raised $2mn in

Banyan Nation collects plastic wastes from industries and recycles it for further use in the industry. We have come a
long way on the engineering front and are now adding performance enhancers to the recycled plastic in order to ensure
that the recycled plastic has a greater lifecycle, says Mani Vajipey, co-founder of Banyan Nation which inaugurated its
recycling unit at Patancheru in Hyderabad. The company recycles more than 300tons of plastic every month.

SayTrees is a professionally-run group of people that are determined to protect the environment not just by
themselves, but also by sensitising others towards the importance of environment conservation and goading them on
to participate in tree-plantation campaigns. The group consists of passionate nature lovers, who juggle corporate jobs
during the week with their love for trees over the weekends. Though it started off as a weekend pursuit in 2007 now it
does more than 50 tree plantation drives in 4 months of monsoon

Hritesh Lohiya literally found his fortune in a trashcan. His startup Priti International recycles industrial and consumer
waste into useful products. This $10million firm designs and manufactures handmade products out of waste materials,
like handbags from old gunny bags, cast off military tents and denim pants. They also produce furniture from waste
tins, drums, old military jeeps, tractor parts, waste machine parts and lamps from old scooter and bike lights.

Kanpur-based HelpUsGreen makes flowercycled natural and certified organic products from flowers. They collect
flower waste from places of worship and even the Ganges river and repurpose it into vermicompost, luxury incense and
bathing bars through proprietary methods.

Jhatkaa is a new campaigning organisation committed to campaigning for environmental issues. They collaborate with
civil society to engage citizens to hold corporate, cultural and government leaders accountable through digital
communication platforms. They came into the limelight after their video highlighting poisonous mercury levels in
Kodaikanal left behind by a Hindustan Unilever factory went viral. Hindustan Unilever recently agreed to compensate
the affected workers after Jhatkaas efforts.

Most cities in India face a water crisis today due to irregular rainfall, a growing population and rapid urban
development. Excessive groundwater usage has led to a sharp decline in the groundwater levels across India prompting
the government to pass strict regulations against the usage of the same. Enter D&D ecotech, a startup that helps
households and organizations adopt rainwater harvesting. D&D Ecotech also designs its own rainwater harvesting
recharge structures based on clients needs and specifications.

Ugly Indian is a collective started anonymously by a group of Bangaloreans who came together to do spot fixes they
carried out in the city and started a Facebook page to highlight the same. Today, they have spawned a whole
generation of activists across the country who self organize these spot fixes, which include cleaning up specific areas in
the city, and beautifying them with paint and installing plants.

Feeding India is a social enterprise that tackles two rampant and interconnected problems in India, that of food
wastage and hunger. This is done by helping the needy get access to excess cooked food from restaurants and caterers.

Founded by Prateek Tiwari, an agriculture engineer and an MBA from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Living Greens
Organics is a Jaipur-based startup that helps to set up rooftop farms and kitchen gardens. Their aim is to grow organic
vegetables on every roof and to convert every building into a living green building, thus generating the largest number
of urban carbon credits in the world.

Green Ventures creates green technologies and innovative business models to create sustainable energy
solutions. Their solutions include large-scale renewable energy generation projects, improved energy efficiency
schemes, and rural social energy initiatives.

Headquartered at Noida, India. Ecowise waste management provides comprehensive waste management services to a
variety of establishments including residential, commercial and industrial entities. They ensure that, the waste
collected by them are treated and disposed in accordance with MSW Rules 2000. Ecowise is an ISO 9001, 14001 and
18001 Certifications. It is currently collecting waste from Center Stage Mall,Noida, Haldiram, ATS.,etc.

Vermigold is an on-site organic waste recycling Systems Company which combines advanced vermiculture
biotechnology with cutting edge engineering to enable end users to Recycle organic waste in a trouble free and eco
friendly manner. Vermigold ecotech has won the 2013 Energy Globe award from India. It is Indias first and only
Internationally certified waste management system that certifies their system as best in class and kindest to the

It is one of the leading service providers for Bio-Medical waste management in India. Promoters are the Rawalwasia
Group. They are generally operators of Common Bio-medical waste treatment facilities, part of urban infrastructure in
India. Areas of operations are New Delhi, Meerut, Lucknow, Hisar, Bhagalpur and Gaya. It is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO
14001:2004 certifications. Also, it is the largest Indian home grown operator of CBWTFs.

Timarpur-Okhla Municipal Solid waste management project is the first commercial waste-to-energy facility in India
that aims to convert one-third of the Delhi garbage into the much needed electricity, enough to serving 6 lakh homes.
The project is CDM is registered with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for earning Carbon

A2Z Group is a versatile business group with 30000 employees that contribute to its Pan India Geographic presence.
Incepted in 2002, the turnover for the Financial year 2013 is ? 934.3 Crores. The group had a CAGR of 100.69% over the
past 10 years from FY04-FY13.

Antony waste handling cell, an offshoot of Antony group of companies, Mumbai is one of the leading players in the field
of Solid waste management services in the country, since the past 8 years. It has features as Engineered Sanitary land
filling., Refuse Transfer stations, etc.

UPL has always made conscious efforts in maintaining and improving standards of environmental care. This group
roofed the experts in environmental care. The name includes, Bharuch Enviro Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd., Enviro
Technology Ltd., Gharpure Engineering and Construction Pvt. Ltd.

Shivalik Solid waste management Limited as offshoot of UPL group of companies, Mumbai. Areas under which Shivalik
Solid waste management Ltd. Is providing services are Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities, Multiple effect
evaporator, Empty used drums, Environmental monitoring and laboratory analytical services, Waste oil/used oil, Paint
Sludge, e-waste and CFL, Used lead acid batteries, Environment Impact Assessment(EIA), Environmental consultancy,
Environment statement, Energy audit, Waste water management consultancy.

It is a Gurgaon based startup that is focussed on collecting paper waste and market the same to paper recycling plants
for further use. Its services include, Office Recycling, Security Shredding, Recycling bins. The start initially focuses on
Corporate offices, followed by school/colleges and households as primary customers. Greenobin offers free service as
well as Premium services. (which includes, training, customized bins, etc.)

Green Power Systems (GPS Renewables Pvt. Ltd.) is a waste management technology firm. GPS custom builds units for
an unsegregated waste ecosystem. The inaugural products, BioOrja and Biowaste Shredder, are arguably the first
waste-to-energy solution for urban India. GPS intends to enable any urban establishment to have an economically
viable waste-to-energy solutions.

It is an initiative of NEPRA Resource management Pvt. Ltd., a social enterprise that operates in segment of Dry Waste
Management and Recycling, where it collects Dry Waste from Waste generators and segregates the recyclables and
sends to authorized recyclers. It currently provides employment to 302 employees, comprising of 76 women. It has
ragpickers of 1076. It provides environmental benefit- diverted over 3000+ MT towards recycling.