April 18, 2017 Leaderlab

Kabadiwalla Connect: Inclusivity and Understanding the Local Context Is Crucial

Siddharth Hande of Kabadiwalla Connect and Amy Millington of eBay talked about the importance of inclusivity and understanding the local context especially in the developing world. They talked with former NASA astronaut Cady Coleman at the LAUNCH Circular Innovation Summit, March 2-3 at Nike headquarters in Portland, Oregon.

Kabadiwalla Connect is a new business model for handling urban waste. The idea is to help people connect to and work with India’s existing system of kabadiwallas — small scrap-dealers who buy trash from consumers — to enable reuse of all recyclable waste that would otherwise end up in landfills. Follow @KabadiConnect and get the latest updates on the innovation.

Siddharth Hande, Kabadiwalla Connect at LAUNCH Circular Innovation Summit. Photo: Ben Mund

Kabadiwalla Connect joined LAUNCH in 2016 for the Glosed Loop Solutions Challenge with RecyKle, an app that helps people get the information they need to manage their domestic waste responsibly: get simple tips to help sort waste, sign-up for composting events, and connect to the closest Kabadiwalla (small scrap-dealers that are ubiquitous in the city).  The technology, which consists of an app that Kabadiwallas can use, as well as an administrator dashboard, helps drive transparency in material pricing and smarter decision making while picking up recyclables. Furthermore, India’s first smart Material Recovery Facility (MRF) is part of the innovation and uses technology to integrate into the informal waste ecosystem.

Kabadiwalla Connect Showcase at LAUNCH Circular Innovation Summit. Photo: Ben Mund

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