Vineet Biyani’s story affirms our faith in creating a sustainable future
The rising problem of waste management is becoming a serious issue of concern all around the world. The threats of improper waste management are questioning the sustainability of our future. In the seemingly dark future, we see a ray of hope in the form of a few personalities who are working towards a better future.
In the frame: Vineet Biyani in his office at Wanowrie, Pune
Vineet Biyani, one of such personalities is a founder and director of Shree Recyclers Pvt. Ltd, a company working in the field of E-waste recycling. Starting his career with refractory recycling, Biyani is now settled in this field.
The Making of a Social Entrepreneur
Biyani’s work seems to have its foundation in his childhood. His father had started a refractory recycling industry where the waste material from steel manufacturing plants were recycled and put into reuse for various industrial purposes. Having completed the education in Commerce and Management, Biyani chose to follow his father’s footsteps. He started developing a business model for recycling refractory materials.
The Beginning of Shree Recyclers
Inspired by the Swachh Bharat Mission, Biyani started Shree Recyclers in 2015. After an intensive survey and study on E-waste, Biyani decided to focus on E-waste collection and dismantling process. Shree Recyclers currently collect and dismantle 1.5 tonnes of E-waste per month. Biyani has divided the different E-waste generators into different categories. The collection process follows these categories to make the job easier. Major part of E-waste comes from:
3. Government Organizations
In the frame: E-waste collection by Shree Recyclers at dismantling plant in Urali-Kanchan
“The collection from corporates and Government organizations is easier than the Individuals, because, they are not aware of what E-waste is and how it affects our environment”, says Biyani. After collecting and dismantling the E-waste, it is further sent to Eco Recycling Limited in Mumbai.
The Segregation and Dismantling Process
Considering its harmful effects, government has imposed strict rules on E-waste handling.
In the frame: Shree Recyclers team dismantling a Central Processing Unit(CPU) at Urali-Kanchan.
In the frame: Dismantling and extraction of valuable parts from E-waste by Shree Recyclers at Urali-Kanchan.
Firstly, it is mandatory to have a government license to be able to work on E-waste. Apart from this, there are certain strict rules that the E-waste recycling industries need to follow. Shree Recyclers being a start-up, thus, works only on collection and dismantling process. Prior to dismantling there is a segregation process. Let’s have a look at E-waste segregation followed by Shree Recyclers:-
As the segregation and dismantling process includes dealing with harmful radiations and rusted parts, it requires strict safety measures. Shree Recyclers provide their workers a set of safety mask, helmet and boots to avoid any hazardous effects on their health. As we all know, the key to a healthy and sustainable future is to conserve our environment while progressing on the technological front. In this scenario, recycling the E-waste holds tremendous potential for sustainable future, social change and industrial growth. We, by contributing to such initiatives can start our journey towards a healthier and happier future!
In the frame: Safety tool kit for E-waste dismantlers produced by Shree Recyclers
As we all know, the key to a healthy and sustainable future is to conserve our environment while progressing on the technological front. In this scenario, recycling the E-waste holds tremendous potential for sustainable future, social change and industrial growth. We, by contributing to such initiatives can start our journey towards a healthier and happier future!
–Files and Photos by Omkar Nikam