A Kolkata-based start-up company has started recycling electronic waste to produce refurbished products for reusing them in daily life.
The sustainability of the earth now stands on three R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle. India generated 3.2 million tonnes of e-waste in 2019.
“The e-waste generation is rising exponentially. Unless we use 3R in e-wastes, we will get immersed in it. This is why I thought of refurbishing electronics products. I started refurbishing AC which comes with proper warranty and after-sales service,” says Vedang Khetawat, founder of start-up 999service.com, a 26-year alumnus of La Martiniere and St Xavier’s College.
After tasting quite a remarkable success in the refurbished AC business, he has been carrying out research and development in refurbished washing machines and refurbished refrigerators. “If we manage to do this successfully, people won’t throw away these durable electronic goods. We will buy these wastes from them and refurbish them. Moreover, our R&D team has been working tirelessly to make them more energy-efficient and to ensure they do not emit greenhouse gases,” he adds.
AC machines as wastes are particularly hazardous to the environment. all ACs have a certain amount of coolant or ‘refrigerant’ that is bad for the environment. Greenhouse gases from air conditioners deplete the ozone layer, even the discarded ones, which mean that these old units still have a lot of life left in them. In many countries, it’s illegal to dispose of air conditioners in the trash or even at a junkyard.
A refurbished AC works, Khetawat says, just like a new one, plus all air conditioners go through an extensive inspection, restoration, and quality control before reaching buyers. What’s more, they are cheaper — almost half the price of its brand-new equivalent and work just as well.
Arguably, this is even better than purchasing a new AC as with 999services.com, the experience doesn’t stop with just the sale.
They also offer free unlimited guarantee replacement and repair programs for their refurbished air conditioners, meaning, if there are any faults discovered within one year, you get an entirely new refurbished AC as a replacement and all prices include a full kit and free transportation to 18,000 Pin Codes in India.