Solving the waste management problem in emerging and developing countries
Waste dumping and burning is one of the world's largest current environmental catastrophes, with waste pickers in the middle of it
In countries like India and Indonesia, most waste is openly burnt or dumped, polluting streets, rivers, nature and our ocean.
Enormous landfills are polluting the groundwater and constantly burning and emitting methane greenhouse gases.
Toxic waste, explosion and collapsing risks lead to a life expectancy of 40 years for the waste pickers living on top of it.
There is no solution yet for municipalities and companies in countries like India and Indonesia.The way it is done in Europe does not work in a country where streets are narrower, taxes are lower and 2.5 million people rely on waste picking for a living.
Local NGOs are already doing great work, but do not have state-of-the-art waste management knowledge.
But what if we can turn the waste pickers into a big recycling machine, recycling more waste than any country in the world?
We offer modern segregated waste management solutions based on European waste management knowledge tailored to emerging and developing countries
With local partners, we turn waste pickers into waste managers. They collect, segregate and recycle the waste, thereby offering a professional waste management service.
Our Smart Waste Systems have a Europe-meets-local design, which includes a total package of hardware, IT, processes and training.
Clean streets, smaller landfills and jobs to be proud of. We call it: turning waste into happiness!
With four best-in-class centres in India and Indonesia, we have shown it is possible.
With our segregated waste management system, there is no pollution from waste, there is more recycling thereby creating smaller landfills, and waste pickers are given a job to be proud of!
Setting up waste collection infrastructure in emerging and developing countries is also the most important solution for plastic ocean pollution. Let’s close the tap!
What's with the name and logo?
"The two S's in the logo represent our vision and way of working. The blue S stands for the more rigorous European style, while the green S represents the Indian "organised chaos" of the informal recycling sector. It is made up of hand-written waste stream names somewhat organised. The two S's intertwine, like we work!
The green, blue and red stand for the colour-coding of the waste streams."
"The name fits the Indian political context. Prime Minister Modi announced "Swachh Bharath Abhiyan", the Clean India campaign, sweeping the street with a broomstick. And he wants to build 100 Smart Cities in India. We are helping him to sweep the streets in a smart way."