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Meet a waste entrepreneur!

Chennai-based Mathew Jose is brain behind novel sTWO GOOD MEN:Avinash Satish (left), Operations Manager, Paperman and Mathew Jose, Founder and Director, Paperman.Photo : Bijoy Ghosh

TWO GOOD MEN:Avinash Satish (left), Operations Manager, Paperman and Mathew Jose, Founder and Director, Paperman.Photo : Bijoy Ghosh

Mathew Jose is a 25-year-old commerce graduate who calls himself and all his colleagues, some 120raddiwallas , waste entrepreneurs or papermen.

Jose is behind the two-and-a-half-month-old Paperman Pvt Ltd that connects raddiwallas , households and NGOs in need of funds.

Paperman Pvt Ltd, based out of Chennai, offers its services to 220 households in the city. When households want to sell their waste, they call the Paperman helpline, from where the nearest waste entrepreneur is alerted. And the waste is cleared within 48 hours.

Two options

Paperman offers two options: recycling for a cost and recycling for a cause. In the former, people keep the cash realised from the waste, but in the latter they give it to Paperman, which, in turn, invests the sum in a social cause. Currently, Paperman funds three NGOs from the money thus collected. Twenty per cent of this amount is retained as service charge.

“It becomes a kick-starter platform where NGOs post their requirements and people start funding. People choose an NGO, make a call and give away the money realised from the waste to that NGO. So it is more of an impact-investment,” says Jose.

According to Jose, a social organisation/ business should focus on imparting social value to the process. And this, he believes, is Paperman’s strength as customers are given an option to support a cause they believe in; almost 90 per cent of their customers recycle for cause.

Avinash Satish, the operations manager of Paperman, says most people are receptive to their model as it is a win-win for all – more business for raddiwallas , a sustainable source of funds for NGOs and easy disposal of waste for the customers.

The foundation

The idea for Paperman Pvt Ltd came from Jose’s experience of single-handedly running the three-year-old Paperman Foundation of India, which creates an awareness about recycling and waste management in schools, colleges and other organisations.

“A year later I started out as a kabadiwalla , went to schools and organisations, and raised a little bit of capital before moving on to corporate projects,” he says.

Courtesy: Business Line


In Chennai alone, 5,000 tonnes of waste is thrown away every single day. About 42 million tonnes of waste was dumped across the country in 2012. It can be worth more than Rs 15,000 crore. So what if that kind of money can be channelised for social change?

tart-up Paperman


In safe hands

Out of danger:Fire Department personnel moving an old man to safer area in the flood-hit Lodda Puttuga village in Itchapuram mandal of Srikakulam district.–Photo: Basheer

Out of danger:Fire Department personnel moving an old man to safer area in the flood-hit Lodda Puttuga village in Itchapuram mandal of Srikakulam district.–Photo: Basheer.

our cops are good to us always…. keep it up and we love you so much.


NSS volunteers serve devotees

Nearly 250 NSS volunteers of KBN College rendered service during the Dasara festivities of the Sri Durga Malleswara Swamyvarla Devasthanam, according to a press release by college principal P. Krishna Murthy.

He stated that it had been a tradition going on for the last three decades.

“They have been helping the old and the infirm in having darshan of the goddess, supplying drinking water, and serving the needy in various other ways. KBN College has been the biggest contributor of NSS volunteers to the annual festival,” Mr. Murthy added.




Google pitches in with tech support@Cyclone Phailin

The AP government has joined hands with Google’s Crisis Response Team to provide alerts for those affected by Cyclone Phailin.

State IT Minister Ponnala Laxmaiah told The Hindu here on Saturday that a team from Google had offered its solutions, particularly maps, to assist the government in rescue and rehabilitation of cyclone victims by sending out crisis alerts.

“We are working with Google in this aspect. We are mapping all relief camps, shelters and other prominent places that are supporting flood relief onto Google Maps,” Mr. Laxmaiah said.

The IT department has been coordinating with the Relief Commissioner to provide updated data on the relief camps to the Google team, so that they would be earmarked on Google Maps.

Mr. Laxmaiah said it would help people with internet access locate the closest relief camp in their area fairly easily. A dedicated Google page had been created for this:



Those without internet could take help from an NGO or the nearest Mee Seva centre, of which there were about 7,000 across the State, and about 200-300 in each district.

Sources said Google was working with Airtel to send SMS alerts to all of the latter’s subscribers to acquaint them of the relief camps.

Tracing the missing

There is also an application – People Finder – which would help people trace the missing after the cyclone. Anyone could make use of the application and record details of the person missing.

The application worked well during the Uttarakhand floods.

The Assistant Relief Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of IT department would coordinate with Google and provide them all updated data from the Government side on a regular basis.


The internet giant is providing mapping solutions to the State government so that netizens can track relief camps and shelters in their area






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