Or­gan­is­ing the Un­or­gan­ised

WIN­NER: Nepra Re­source Man­age­ment WHY IT WON: For be­ing a leader in the dry waste man­age­ment and re­cy­cling busi­nesses in In­dia

India Today - - SAFAIGIRI AWARDS - —Uday Mahurkar

SAN­DEEP PA­TEL, A LEADER IN the dry waste man­age­ment busi­ness in In­dia, pro­cesses 560 met­ric tonnes of dry waste ev­ery day in four cities—Ahmed­abad, In­dore, Pune and Jam­na­gar—and makes raw ma­te­rial in­puts for in­dus­tries as di­verse as pa­per, plas­tic pipes, house­hold items, garbage bags, met­als and ce­ment. With a tieup with the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion in the pipe­line for 600 MT per day of dry waste on the cards be­sides a series of other projects, Pa­tel’s Nepra Re­source Man­age­ment Pvt Ltd is ex­pected to touch a turnover of Rs 1,000 crore in the next three years, from the cur­rent Rs 110 crore.

Pa­tel’s ex­per­tise lies in or­gan­is­ing the un­or­gan­ised—waste-pick­ers and dry waste col­lec­tors, the in­fra­struc­ture and man­power to col­lect and seg­re­gate waste. Of his two part­ners, Dhru­min Pa­tel man­ages waste col­lec­tion and op­er­a­tions, while Ravi Pa­tel looks af­ter sales and com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

Of the to­tal waste col­lected, 50 per cent is plas­tic, 40 per cent pa­per and the rest is glass, rub­ber, metal and clothes. Nepra is also a zero waste-toland­fill com­pany. ■

DEADLY SPELL San­deep Pa­tel at his Pi­rana rey­cling plant, Ahmed­abad

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