Circular Economy Because Nature Knows No Waste

Organization Name
Renewable Energy
Proposed Investment



Last Updated
Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:16

Saahas Zero Waste (SZW) builds a circular economy where resources are optimally and sustainably utilized with no wastes generated - creating smarter, cleaner, and more efficient cities. Majority of the cities in India have a poor system of managing only 2 lakh tons (200,000 tons) of wastes each day. But, 90% of these are resources that may be recovered instead of dumped. Saahas Zero Waste operates a holistic business model that leverages nature, people, and technology in managing wastes. Three major components make up SZW's business model - a Zero Waste Program, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Program, and Recycled Products and Compost. The Zero Waste Program is a customized onsite solution intended for bulk waste generators such as technology parks and residential complexes. For lesser volume waste generators, SZW collects and transports wastes to decentralized waste management units - called Kasa Rasa. At Kasa Rasa, wet wastes are converted to biogas or compost, and dry wastes are sorted and sent to recycling centers. SZW works with packaging companies and E-waste producers in the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program where reverse logistics mechanisms are put in place that bring back bulk volumes of wastes into the recycling chain. SZW closes the loop through the production and offering of a range of recycled products and compost. Among its partners, SZW has been working with Brigade Group, Gopalan Enterprises, Mantri, Prestige Group, Spandhana Residences, TESCO, Kongsberg, Microland, HCL, Microsoft, HLL, CBRE, Noble Exchange, ThoughtWorks, Texas Instruments, Tetra Pak, GE, Shell, ANZ, Cushman & Wakefield, RMZ Group, Vodafone, Aadhaar, Bangalore International Exhibition Center (BIEC), IIMB, Sri Kumaran Children's Home, Carbonlites, Confederation of Indian Industry, E-Parisaraa, B.Pac, and Bangalore Club.
What problem are you trying to solve? Who has this problem?
Each and every one of us, no matter at which economic strata we belong, generate waste. The higher up the economic ladder, the more waste we generate. People across the world typically have a NIMBY (Not-in-my-backyard) Syndrome where as long as waste is out of sight, its out of mind. India has a poor system of managing 200,000 tons of wastes generated per day. About 90% of wastes are resources that may be recovered, processed and utilized again, instead of being dumped. The common and practiced process of waste management follows a linear flow where garbage is collected from source and disposed in landfills without segregation or sorting. This results to the rapid filling of landfills, proliferation of uncontrolled dumpsites, and the pollution of communities. Saahas Zero Waste regards garbage not as useless disposable materials but as valuable resources that may be transformed into useful products. This conviction leads to the diversion of materials from landfills and the evolution of more efficient and smarter cities.
Value Proposition
Saahas Zero Waste's holistic business model for managing wastes created several revenue streams through three main programs: Zero Waste Program, Extended Producer Responsibility Program, and Recycled Products. The Zero Waste Program is a customized solution for bulk waste generators such as technology parks, farms, and residential complexes. SZW provides end-to-end onsite waste management or off-site waste processing - the Kasa Rasa model, where wastes are brought in waste processing centers. In the Extended Producer Responsibility Program, SZW facilitates recovery of post- consumer packaging materials and e-wastes. SZW is Tetra Pak's largest collection partner for used cartons. The service includes segregation and collection from multiple sources and delivery to recycling centers. SZW is working with other companies under the EPR program to recover e-wastes, PET, and multi-layer plastics (MLP). Further to these waste management services, SZW closes the circular economy loop by producing and selling recycled products, including compost. Recovered materials, such as Tetra Pak cartons and PET Bottles are recycled into PolyAl (poly Aluminim) roofing sheets, chipboards, paper/stationary products, bags, and shirts. SZW's holistic waste management model provides an effective and sustainable solution for diverting wastes from landfill, creating jobs, producing higher value products, and involving wastes generators in the solution.
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 9,000 Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide per year.
  • Creates 200 new jobs during the lifetime on the project.
  • Improves the health conditions of 125,000 people.
  • Out of the total number of beneficiaries of the project, 200 are women.
  • Provides access to modern and professional waste management services to 75 households/corporates
  • Manages mores than 25 tons of wastes daily
Vishal Kumar, Program Manager

E-Waste and Marketing

Wilma Rodrigues, Founder and CEO
Arun Murugesh, Lead


Kannika K, Finance
Kris Gopalakrishnan, Business Consultant
Nitish Malhotra, Lead

Business Development

Sabira Lakhani, Lead

Operations and Client Experience

Shobha Raghavan, COO
Indian Angel Investors
Upaya Social Ventures

Maturity Level
  • Prototyping and Validation
  • Commercial Operations
  • Growth and Expansion