SweepSmart – Turning waste into happiness
SweepSmart is a Dutch-Indian social enterprise offering zero waste solutions to municipalities and companies in emerging and developing countries.
SweepSmart’s solutions are based on European waste management principles tailored to the local context. The Smart Waste Centres are run by waste pickers-turned-into-waste managers, who collect and segregate waste for recycling. They have Europe-meets-local design hardware, processes and IT, like a sorting conveyor belt and KPI dashboard.
SweepSmart offers waste solutions for different scales, so all waste in a city can be handled by a network of Smart Waste Centres. SweepSmart also offers design of Integrated Solid Waste Management systems and waste consulting.
Preventing ocean plastic and general waste pollution in India, Indonesia, and beyond.
A lack of proper waste management infrastructure in emerging and developing countries is the #1 cause of ocean plastic pollution. The problem is big, but can be tackled if all work together to implement solutions that work in the local context. SweepSmart partners with corporates, governments, NGOs, funders, other circular solutions to make their mission reality. Clean streets and oceans, zero waste to landfill and circular jobs to be proud of!
In a 4-month pilot funded by the Dutch government in 2016/2017, SweepSmart has set up three best-in-class centres in Bangalore together with local NGOs and governments. The capacity of the centres tripled and working conditions drastically improved. In 2018 SweepSmart supported Systemiq in setting up a first centre in East-Java in Indonesia. Currently, SweepSmart is supporting UNDP and Coca Cola India in setting up the first two of 50 decentralised plastic recycling centres across India and is upgrading another 10 waste centres in Bangalore.
A lack of proper waste management infrastructure in emerging and developing countries is the #1 cause of ocean plastic pollution.