Waste to Wealth

Industrialisation is inevitable for the development of a country. However, it also causes serious environmental pollution. For a country like India, though waste may seem to be a by-product of growth, we cannot afford to lose it as a mere waste. TARA believes that meeting the employment and livelihood needs of the vast majority of India’s rapidly growing population will require the creation of micro-entrepreneurship opportunities on a massive scale.

Waste, currently viewed as a menace, can soon be a resource for micro-enterprise development at a large scale. Such an intervention has a two-fold objective of:

  • Reduction of pressure induced by waste on the environment.
  • Creation of opportunities for income and employment generation.

There is high potential to set up waste-to-wealth enterprise in India, since only 26% of the paper waste gets recycled at present.

TARA is a prime player in waste-to-wealth enterprise development and has rich experience of more than two decades in the recycling domain. Nearly 26 years back, TARA innovated the waste-to-wealth paper recycling technology to promote sustainable lifestyle through use of recycled products and create new livelihoods and jobs through enterprise development. TARA Papermek technology is the only technology that can recycle wastes of denim and Tetra Pak at a micro or small scale. TARA has commissioned more than 300 recycling enterprises across India. It has partnered with the Department of Science and Technology, Tetra Pak, GIZ, CMPDI etc. on different initiatives. TARA sits at the heart of these paper recycling enterprises value chain where it provides functions like aggregation of raw materials, dissemination of technology, training and capacity building, business management support and market access.

TARA has also incubated its own paper recycling unit, run by the Sahariya tribal women and other marginalised groups in Bundelkhand region (Central India). The enterprise provides the local community with an alternative source of livelihood with the aim of disconnecting the dependency of local livelihoods and the natural resources, while ensuring a reliable employment base throughout the year. The enterprise has the capacity to recycle 300 kg of waste to produce 200 kg or 10 reams of 100 gsm paper.

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Waste to Wealth-Recycling

India faces severe environmental degradation problems in which solid waste is a major contributor. Waste Recycling, thus, has been one major and significant step in the sector of environment as well as MSME to develop entrepreneurship based solutions to such critical problems.

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Technology pacakage for utilization of Marble sludge in production of eco-bricks

Marble sludge is major industrial wastes produced by marble processing industries. These are dumped in the open which pollute and damage the environment.  This leads to increased environmental risks as dust pollution spreads alongside for a large area. In the dry season, the dust dries up, floats in the air, flies and deposits on crops and vegetation. In addition, the deposition of such generated huge amount of fine wastes certainly creates necrotic ecological conditions for flora and fauna changing landscapes and habitats. The accumulated waste also contaminates the surface and underground water reserves. To explore the profitable use marble sludge in large scale, Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA), New Delhi, has taken up an initiative to pilot research and demonstrate the same in selected areas of Rajasthan. The project focuses on exploring the use of marble sludge in building materials e.g. various types of roofing, walling and flooring materials...

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