How a start-up in India is pioneering a way to tackle the global e-waste problem

SourceWorld Economic Forum
CountryMiddle east

Electronic waste is one of the world’s fastest-growing environmental challenges – and opportunities. Currently the world is only processing 20% of e-waste appropriately. Indian start-up, Karo Sambhav, is helping to tackle the country’s giant e-waste challenge. The organization uses apps and image recognition to track e-waste shipments, increasing trust in its services. Microsoft, which is investing millions in closed-loop e-waste solutions, provides the cloud software to support Karo Sambhav. The World Economic Forum’s ‘New Circular Vision for Electronics’ offers e-waste solutions. “Make it possible.” That’s the translation of Karo Sambhav, the Hindi name for a start-up that’s on a mission to clean up India’s giant electronic waste mountain. Every year, the country generates 3.2 million metric tons of old smartphones, laptops, monitors and more. Much of it is recycled, but with little regulation, in often dirty and dangerous conditions. Karo Sambhav wants to bring manufacturers, distributors and recyclers together to coordinate their efforts to tackle e-waste, creating a more sustainable, circular economy. And Microsoft – which itself aims to generate ‘zero waste’ by 2030 – is providing the technology behind it. The UN has warned of an e-waste ‘tsunami’ unless more is done to tackle the world’s fastest-growing waste more...