• The app, called “I Got Garbage” (IGG), was developed by the Indian IT giant Mindtree, and it helps Electronics City Industrial Township Authority (ELCITA) Solid Waste Management Centre generate invoices for the 103 companies they serve.
  • It analyses the data in order to determine the weight of each sub-category of waste.
  • With this information, companies can draw up plans for waste reduction in particular streams, such as wet or dry waste, plastic waste and construction debris.
  • Mindtree launched IGG through Mindtree.org — the company’s corporate social responsibility initiative — in Bengaluru in 2014, to empower rag pickers (informal waste collectors), increase their collection capacity and help them climb up the value chain using technology to better organize their work flow and payments.
  • Over the years, these rag pickers and scrap dealers have been able to recycle 52 million kg of solid waste and compost roughly 127 million kg of organic waste thanks to the app, thus preventing 212 million kg of waste from ending up in landfills, according to Mindtree.org.