A business on mission: To turn waste into happiness.

Our Vision

We believe in a world in which every community has an modern and efficient waste eco-system as foundation for progress and prosperity in balance with nature.

Our Mission

To build zero-waste eco-systems that make economic sense, serve the community, save the environment and create jobs to be proud of.
A modern and efficient waste sector as foundation for progress and prosperity.
We believe that healthy economic growth goes hand in hand with social and environmental progress. This requires a modern and efficient waste management sector with an inclusive economic perspective. So that the communities, governments, waste management companies and waste workers benefit from more prosperity in balance with nature. In other words: happiness can only thrive if everybody wins!
We connect and create. Advise and engineer. Develop and deliver. In short: We make it happen.

How can you realize smart waste management that entails a win for everybody? We help you make the leap from ambition to achievement! We have deep and longstanding experience in waste management around the world. Therefore, we know how to navigate the intricacies of waste management systems. We tailor global best practices to your situation.


Versatile waste managers by experience. Teamplayers by nature.

Our team has best-in-class global expertise to advise, engineer, develop and deliver waste management systems tailored to your situation. As hands-on impactmakers, we connect and create with local stakeholders to make it happen!

Niels wants to offer Indian municipalities and communities an end-2-end waste management service. Like in Europe, but adapted to local circumstances, with the existing informal sector.​

With 15 years of experience as waste expert (certified cradle2cradle consultant) and former site - and operational manager in Europe, he can set up efficient waste management sites, logistics and processes.

Silvia believes in connecting people and ideas to solve the world's problems. In this case: solving the developing world's waste problem with local and foreign organisations.​

With 10 years experience as consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and 4 years as social entrepreneur (including business development in India and setting up a factory in Tanzania), she knows about running social businesses in a smart way.

Augustine is an outgoing, self-motivated and versatile professional with over 15 years of experience in the areas of Business Development, Sales & Marketing, Brand Building etc.,

He decided to follow his passion for the environment and joined SweepSmart to do his bit for the only home that we have in the universe.

Rohith wants to solve one of his country's biggest challenges: waste management. He is eager to get an opportunity to take in European knowledge and apply it in India.​

With 13 years of management, operations and engineering experience in waste management, he is making things happen: working with the teams on the ground to design improvement plans and and create change

Rob creates the best out of two worlds by making a connection between two cultures, as he has shown in South America and Asia.

With 25+ years of experience in all areas waste management (from collection to segregation, transport and recycling), having been CEO and operational director of several European waste management companies, he has a track record not many can compete with!

Siddharth wants to tackle climate change by combining technology with design, connecting people and creating multidisciplinary collaborations. He is passionate about solving the waste problem and creating a truly circular economy.

Using his 5 years of international experience as an architect in India and Germany and newfound passion for business development, he wants to develop local but feasible and scalable zero-waste solutions that create healthier and liveable environments for all.

As of August 2019 Hmingtei, has joined SweepSmart as an Office Assistant. She is from the state Mizoram in the North East of India. It is her ambition to help the team and to grow with them in a sustainable manner.

With her previous job as a teacher and her abilities to take good care of people, she is a wonderful asset to the company. Always motivated and positive, she sparkles in the office. Assisting the SweepSmart crew where ever needed and possible.

Raghu wants to help young and entrepreneurial companies like SweepSmart to be successful in his country.​

With 20+ experience in all areas of finance, accounting and legal at Deloitte and as an entrepreneur, he can structure our company, deals and partnerships and get it all done in a country that can seem like a jungle for outsiders!

Co-Founder and COO

Niels van den Hoek

Co-Founder and CEO

Silvia de Vaan

head sales, marketing and BD

Augustine Vincent

Project Manager

Rohith Kumar K.H.

Country Director India

Rob Tholenaars

business development manager

Siddharth Agarwal

Office Assistant


Director India

Raghunathan P.R.

As passionate as we are about waste?  Want to work on these challenges in upcoming economies around the world?​


500,000 people need to be connected to waste managements systems daily until 2040.

Sounds like a lot, but we have already started. We've created significant impact and plan to increase that exponentially together with you!


By creating future-proof, scalable waste management systems that provide decent jobs for waste workers, we create a positive impact and contribute to several SDGs.

Enabling sustainable cities and industries
By building modern & efficient waste systems, we make cities, communities and the industry more circular and sustainable

Enabling sustainable cities and industries
By building modern & efficient waste systems, we make cities, communities and the industry more circular and sustainable

Keeping the environment clean and hygienic
By empowering the organisations we work with to prevent waste leakage to the environment, we enable a clean living environment and reduce pollution caused by waste dumping and burning.
Reducing resource usage and greenhouse gas emissions
By enabling more waste to be recycled instead of landfilled, we reduce the need for virgin materials and the greenhouse gas emissions caused by producing these virgin materials and dumping and burning of waste.
Providing decent jobs for vulnerable waste workers.
By scaling up the capabilities of waste management organisations and their workers, we improve dignity and working conditions of waste workers, majority from vulnerable communities and many women.
Partnerning for the global goals
Waste is a systemic issue and we work with stakeholders in all areas to solve it, like governments, NGOs, companies, funders, communities and waste workers.

The Highlights


Many more to follow