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Published on: Feb. 14, 2020, 11:30 p.m.
Hasiru Dala Innovations provides responsible solutions for urban waste disposal
  • Ensuring that each waste stream reaches its destination for either recycle or reuse. Credit: Hasiru Dala

By Business India Editorial
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asiru Dala Innovations is a Bengaluru-based enterprise that provides end-to-end, responsible waste management solutions for urban waste disposal. The company works with local municipalities to offer bulk waste collection and processing for residential and non-residential customers, while ensuring fair wages, better working conditions and economic opportunities for waste pickers.

The company’s business model empowers waste pickers through intensive training on responsible waste management and access to waste disposal networks, leadership initiatives and entrepreneurship opportunities that result in collecting and selling waste for recycling at a fair price and enabling them to integrate into mainstream economies. Through its streamlined process, Hasiru Dala ensures that each waste stream reaches its destination for either recycle or reuse.

Hasiru Dala is also in the business of partnering with global brands that commit to using high quality, ethically sourced plastic waste for their products or packaging. For instance, the company recently launched a fair-trade plastics initiative with the globally recognised The Body Shop, which has committed to using 100 per cent recyclable PET plastics to package its products. Through this initiative, Hasiru Dala and their programme partner Plastics for Change will be able to aggregate this particular plastic waste at its centre, sourcing it from its network of entrepreneurs, dry waste collection centres and scrap dealers for a fair price.

Established in 2015, the company has grown to service 440 clients across residential complexes, commercial campuses, offices, restaurants and institutions. It has earned its position as the only provider in Bengaluru city with a comprehensive end-to-end solution for waste disposal. The company now works with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the city’s municipal corporation as a service provider for bulk waste generators in the city.

The idea of Hasiru Dala Innovations was born through a partnership between Nalini Shekar and Shekar Prabhakar, leading social innovation and waste management enthusiasts in the country. Nalini and Shekar are thrilled to see that their model is not only saving the planet of harmful waste, but also inspiring livelihood creation crucial to uplifting many waste pickers out of poverty. Through their recent partnership with global brands, and vast recognition in the state and across the country, Hasiru Dala is fast expanding, strengthening its model and scaling its reach.

*Co-authored by Starlene Sharma, advisor to start-ups and investors


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