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In the you have spent here, of e-waste has been recycled by Karo Sambhvav.

Introduction to Circular Sustainability Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

In February 2019, the PET Packaging Association for Clean Environment (PACE) engaged Karo Sambhav to develop a framework for a producers-led and governed plastic waste management system;a system which will enable its members to fully comply with the Plastic Waste Management Rules, and is scalable, inclusive, fair, ethical, transparent, and auditable.

With global examplesset by ventures such as PetStar (Mexico), PACE members were cognisant that EPR implementation has been successful only when producers have taken ownership and developed a well-governed system themselves, rather than relying on third-party vendors.   Thus,a consortium of 31 companies jointly established a new venture- Circular Sustainability Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (CSSPL)- Asia’s largest, first-of-its kind producerled and owned company for creating a formal plastic circular economy in the country.

On 19th September 2019, under the Karo Sambhav- Closing Material Loops brand, this venturewas jointly announced by CEOs and leadership teams of multiple organisations viz. Coca-Cola India, PepsiCo India, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, Varun Beverages, Cavin Kare, Reliance Industries, Diageo, Bisleri, Parle Agro, IVL-Dhunseri, Pearl Drinks and Manjushree.

With CSSPL, the consortium aims to converge multiple initiatives and foster good governance, socially responsible & environmentally-sound practices. CSSPL will enable implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) at scale, catalyse innovation and expansion across geographies.

Karo Sambhav Foundation

Karo Sambhav Foundation was launched concurrently with CSSPL to pool CSR contributions of multiple producers and channelise them towards injecting socially responsible practices in the circular economy being developed by CSSPL. The foundation works towards creating infrastructure for waste management and through it,building sustainable livelihoods for waste pickers/aggregators and raising awareness on waste management. Through its various initiatives, the foundation will support programmes aimed towards skill development, education of children and health management for waste pickers.

Vision

The vision behind CSSPL is to ensure that “No Recyclable Waste Ends up in Landfills by 2025”. This will be achieved by mobilizing and converging assets and resources of over INR 1000 Crore towards a common goal of recycling all packaging material by 2025.Under this venture, a network of 125 material recovery facilities across the country working with over 2500 aggregators will be developed over the next 3 years.

CSSPL has set six tenets that dictate each of its initiatives:

  • Inclusion of principal waste pickers in the designing the waste management system
  • Fairnessin addressing the toll of improving living and working conditions of principal waste pickers
  • Convergence & Scalabilityof various producer and brandinitiatives
  • Traceability of waste, from source to destination
  • Financial Transparencyin operations
  • Auditability of systems and processes

Initiatives

  1. Material Recovery Facilities with Coca-Cola India Foundation

In 2020, Karo Sambhav Foundation partnered with Coca-Cola India Foundation to set-up four Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) across India to solve the issue of mixed-dry waste and facilitate capacity building programmes aimed at formalizing the robust but largely informal waste picker network present across municipalities throughout the country.

With this objective, on 1st September 2020 Karo Sambhav set-up its first MRF in Mapusa, Goa. The facility was structured to collect various mixed-dry waste from across the municipality,to be segregated into respective categories and further channelized in the relevant disposal stream (recycling/co-processing).

As part of the project, Karo Sambhav, in collaboration in GIZ, is also initiating capacity building programmes for waste collectors/aggregators on identification of different types of waste, need for responsible recycling, collection of waste, etc.

  1. Tetra Pak Project

Karnataka witnesses one of the highest consumptions of beverage carton products, aided in part by the state’s thriving liquor markets across its smaller cities. To tap into these nexuses, Karo Sambhav and Tetra Pak have initiated the set-up of collection centres in three Tier-2/3 Karnataka cities to ensure collection, channelization and recycling of used liquor cartons. Karo Sambhav will be setting up of a baling facility at a central location and conducting awareness programs regarding recycling and proper disposal of liquor cartons.

  1. DeveloPPP.de with GIZ

Karo Sambhav is working with GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) under the develoPPP.de program to “Develop collection infrastructure and a recycling platform for plastic waste and e-waste in non-urban India”. Under this project, Karo Sambhav will set up ‘Aggregation Centres’ for multiple waste fractions for organizing entrepreneurship workshops for waste pickers as well as a ‘Recycling Platform’ to run material recovery facilities or a dismantling unit (for e-waste). The project’s focus is on creating scalable collection mechanisms and recycling platforms, capacity building as well as creating awareness among non-urban stakeholders including bulk generators, local communities, waste collectors/aggregators, etc.

In the three years of our operations, we have successfully collected
and sent over 13000 MTs of e-waste for responsible recycling and have collected 1170MT of plastic waste so far. #EwasteRecycleKaro #PlasticwasteRecycleKaro.