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This yougster is helping thousands of people to sell their waste online through

Technology is all pervasive and is found in almost every walk of life. A large number of startups are now banking on technology for their products and services and are highly dependent on the same to mark a competitive edge. But can you imagine that junk collection too can become a business based on technology? That draws our attention to what do we do when we see tons of waste at our home ; either we keep on piling or get rid of it. For getting rid of the junk we need a junk collector and his presence becomes a matter of chance. But what if the junk collector is a call or a Whatsapp away? You are reading it right.

Anurag Asati - Founder of
Anurag Asati – Founder of is one such initiative which is acting as a blessing in disguise to sell waste. The initiator Anurag asati, an IT engineer from Bhopal wanted to create some impact in the world, both professionally and socially. Consequently, he left his job in the corporate sector and chose to become an entrepreneur and started his business of collecting junk online. The idea struck Anurag when he was asked to get a kabadiwala home to collect some newspapers. He started working on it, but this simple task proved to be pretty cumbersome. In the process he found everything about the waste management cycle and how the process works. At the end of it, he came to the conclusion that there’s a gap and something needs to be done. And this is how he decided to start up Online Kabadiwala- an online portal that helps people to book a slot and get their waste collected alongside getting paid for it.

(Representational) Image courtesy: Prashant Panjiar - Livewire Images

On, the seller (user) needs to book the slot online. Kabadiwala then sends an employee to collect that waste material as per the decided time slot and pay according to the weight. Anurag says, “The sole objective behind this initiative is to save time of the consumers as time is money.” Working with a team of 10-12 employees comprising both admin and pick up boys, the junk collected first gets segregated and is then sent to respective recycling plants in different cities and is finally sold in the market for multiple uses. The two year old website has been used by more than 10,000+ people to give away the junk and waste from their homes. Anurag’s message to the tech savvy youth is – “Be innovative and bring up something useful and valuable for self and the society.” With the motto “stop using services and start initiating” he wishes to expand this fusion venture to multiple cities in the future. The idea of fusing internet and business of junk collection is an incredible step towards sustainable development through waste management.

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