What are you going to do with your old computer or phone?

What are you going to do with your old computer or phone?

Submitted by alvin on Sun, 2016-07-17 11:08 Bengaluru: One of the central problems of today’s tech-crazy world is the question of e-waste. What do you do when the product becomes outdated or old?This was the question that dogged Achitra Borgohain too, forcing him to come up BinBag.A resident of Assam who moved to Bengaluru 10 years ago, BinBag is a city-based startup that manages e-waste. Started in 2014 with just one person, the company has already managed and recycled 12,000 kilos of e-waste besides serving 4,000 customers across the city with just three workers.Borgohain says he got the idea for BinBag when he was looking to dispose a few of his old non-working electronics items. “The recyclers would not come because the quantity was small. There were no drop-off points that he could find and giving to scrap dealers was not an option. There had to be a better way, and since none existed the idea of BinBag started,” says Borgohain.Borgohain says BinBag picks up e-waste from people’s doorstep and transports it to authorised recyclers. “BinBag works with certified recyclers. We also reward and recognise those who dispose-off their e-waste responsibly. Customers can send to request pick-up on call or even email or walk-in into partner outlets to drop their e-waste. People can log onto www.binbag.in to get more details,” he says.Borgohain, who has an engineering degree and an MBA from Gujarat University, says his past expertise in the corporate sector helped him build his startup. Located at Jayanagar, the firm initially partnered with IIM Bangalore, where the startup was incubated. “We provide waste disposal as a service and our objective is to get the waste into formal recycling and not in the roadsides. And this has a cost of collection and recycling. At the very least, people have to understand that waste is our problem and we have to pay for it to manage,” he says.From June, the firm started a subscription-based service for all recyclables for independent homes, small businesses and apartment societies, and micro-enterprises. “We have launched our subscription-based service in limited areas of Bengaluru in Jayanagar, JP Nagar, BTM and Koramangala. Based on the response, we will slowly expand to cover the entire city given the fact that we are a young startup with limited resources," says Borgohain.Recalling BinBag’s journey, he says his first customer was a young techie who disposed his PC. “True, most people lack concern for the environment since they believe waste is not their problem. Slowly but surely the awareness and concern is increasing and even school students are actively participating in our community events."The firm, which aims to build a team, is planning to place bins across various outlets in Bengaluru so that residents can dispose their e-waste.