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Scaling Waste Collection for Soil Fertilizers  Waste Ventures India processes municipal garbage into nutrient-rich compost sold to farmers to rejuvenate their soil.

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Waste Ventures India (WVI) helps cities in India collect and process waste via a door-to-door collection model. Trained waste pickers have collected waste from hundreds of thousands of people. Households are encouraged to separate their waste into biodegradable and non-biodegradable batches, which reduces the cost of waste processing.

ENVIRONMENTAL The solution helps to prevent the pollution caused by the 42 million tons of garbage produced in urban India each year.1 THE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE

SOCIAL WVI employs informal workers, providing a stable wage and incentive pay that is approximately 40% higher than workers’ prior wages, while also providing protective gear, and retirement savings.

After collection, waste is sent to WVI’s processing centers for composting, recycling, and disposal. Much-needed organic soil conditioner is produced by composting organic waste using an aerobic method that also reduces methane emissions. WVI finance their business in part by selling the compost to farmers and by converting avoided methane emissions into saleable carbon credits. WHY A SUSTAINIA100 SOLUTION? Forty-two million tons of waste is generated in urban India each year, according to WVI. Just 60% of the waste is collected – leaving the rest to fester in the streets or landfills. WVI’s system converts more than 80% of collected waste into compost and has improved waste separation by 40%. It has also helped to replenish farmland by providing organic fertilizer to farmers.

ECONOMIC WVI is shifting the economics of the $97-billion waste industry by incentivizing environmental processing instead of the “collect and dump” status quo.

“We create nutrientrich soil conditioner that replenishes agricultural soil while tackling a city’s waste problem.” PARAG GUPTA, FOUNDER WASTE VENTURES INDIA

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