CHENNAI,SOUTH INDIA(Scrap Monster): The days when raddiwalas(colloquial Indian word for scrap collectors) walk through the streets asking for trash from home is almost over, although it together with the people stocking old newspapers and plastic covers added to the Indian customary.
An ordinary Indian never wanted to dispose his trash without monetary gain which made them even sell old clothes to raddiwalas to get utensils or such kind of things. The days have gone and the emerging urban Indian economy no longer have time to wait for the raddiwalas. To dump the waste also they check it on a click away distance.
Thus came the idea of an online site which would help people to get rid of their household scrap at their doorstep. Joseph Jegan, a software engineer by profession, is no longer an ordinary person in India as he finds his livelihood by troubleshooting the trash problems of the city. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the first online scrap collection agency in India, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.
The site, www.kuppathotti.com, is slowly getting into public domain which was started at an initial investment of Rs 15 lakh. It had a customer base reaching up to 8000 which currently have service on south Indian state of Tamil Nadu only. After registering with the site, they would take up all the waste that includes empty milk covers, bottles, books, plastics, metal and paper waste according to the trash requests while paying for the scrap. Currently, the collected scrap are sorted and transferred to the middle man and then they are directed to the recycling mills.
The word kuppathotti means dustbin in Tamil, an Indian language and is of course the right name to be called. The company is only 6 months old and successfully riding towards waste management in the state. Moreover, the eco-friendly nature of dumping the waste has been warmly welcomed.
The dismantled scrap collection is the country is slowly getting into track with the idea of e- waste site in the country. India has still more to develop in environmental friendly waste disposal. Although the educated population wants to recycle the used goods, they do not find much opportunity here. The wide appreciation receiving from the public is the motive behind the online scrap collectors.
Kuppathotti, the online raddiwala of the nation, is sure to get into new heights as more and more people cannot find their time to dispose their waste to the shops or wait for the raddiwalas.