Chandigarh: Techie’s project to recycle waste for Swachh Bharathttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/chandigarh-techies-project-to-recycle-waste-for-swachh-bharat/

Chandigarh: Techie’s project to recycle waste for Swachh Bharat

ExJunk is a doorstep service that assists people in selling their household junk

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Aakash Hingu during an interaction in Chandigarh on Thursday. (Express Photo by Jaipal Singh)

Taking the concept of ‘raddi’ and its effective disposal to a new level, city techie and entrepreneur Aakash Hingu has been running a project since December 2015.

Called ExJunk, Hingu said it is an instant solution to all piling junk problems. According to him, “it is not wise to waste the waste”.

ExJunk is a doorstep service that assists people in selling their household junk like old newspapers, plastic, glass, metal, tyres, refrigerators, TV, AC, geyser and others at satisfying rates.

After helping out his landlady with her scrap and clutter, Hingu felt that this was a problem for most of the people. “Around 80 per cent of the second-hand products are not sold on the websites and even if they do, it takes a lot of time. People are looking for instant solutions. So, we devised one,”
he said.

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A BTech from IIT Mandi, Hingu quit his job at Edifecs Technologies and got full time into this environment friendly service. His aim is to focus on the four Rs – recycle, reuse, reduce and resell. To use this service, one can log on to ExJunk, Whatsapp or download ExJunk Android app that will be launched within a week.

“We send an employee to collect waste material and pay per kilo, which is Rs 11.5 at present, more than the regular raddiwalas who do not make rounds the entire day,” said Hingu, who is running ExJunk on weekends and along with his team of five, is scaling up and working on the second-hand resale model.

While wood products are a no at present, the service will soon add second-hand clothes. A tech ninja, coder, designer and artist, this 24-year-old entrepreneur wants to instill the habit of recycling among people.

Also, ExJunk at its core is inspired from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat campaign. “I was a litterbug myself till I realised the importance of de-cluttering, keeping a clean environment and disposing off excess. We have made it a point to tie up only with those wholesalers who further sell scrap to recycling plants,” said Hingu.
He has tied up with Indian School of Business Mohali for trash disposal and Sab Tera Foundation for donations.