Shortcomings of traditional kabadiwala system and how scrapbuddy is improving it

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Shortcomings of traditional kabadiwala system and how scrapbuddy is improving it

Shortcomings of traditional kabadiwala system and how scrapbuddy is improving it

Kabad Dealer

Apart from being an inseparable part of our childhood, Kabadiwalas have always been our frontline warriors for many decades in this fight against waste. They are a crucial piece of our nation’s recycling chain and circular economy.

However, with time, many sectors have evolved in India, but the kabadiwala system still remained unorganized. Being unchecked for decades, this system presents lots of challenges in modern landscape. Let’s understand these challenges and how SCRAPBUDDY solves them.




The traditional kabadiwala system, which involves individuals or groups of people collecting recyclable materials from households and selling them to scrap dealers, has several shortcomings. Some of these include:

Limited reach

The traditional Kabadiwala system is limited in its reach and accessibility. Waste collectors can only collect scrap material from a limited number of households and commercial establishments in their area. This limits their earning potential and makes it difficult for them to sustain their livelihoods. Moreover, this system is not accessible to people living in remote areas, which means that they have no means of disposing of their scrap material.


How Scrapbuddy helps?

We are increasing the radius of our services. This will save our kabadiwalas efforts to visit door-to-door in search of customers. Whenever a customer books a waste pickup, it gets assigned to a kabadiwala, hence, saving them time and effort.


Limited collection capacity

Kabadiwalas often have limited resources and may not be able to collect large quantities of recyclable materials, which can lead to an inefficient collection process.


How Scrapbuddy helps?

While traditional kabadiwalas wander on cycles, this makes the pickup of large scrap seemingly impossible. Since we always have the details of waste for pickup, we assign a vehicle to our kabadiwals accordingly.


Lack of transparency

The traditional Kabadiwala system operates on a pricing model that is determined by the recycling centers. The waste collectors have no say in the pricing, and they are paid a fixed amount for the scrap material they collect. This lack of transparency in pricing often leads to unfair practices, where recycling centers offer lower rates to waste collectors. This results in waste collectors earning very little for their hard work. Moreover, the pricing is not based on the quality of the scrap material collected, which means that waste collectors who collect higher quality scrap material are not rewarded for their efforts.


How Scrapbuddy helps?

All rates of scraps (by kilograms) are aforementioned on our website. When a customer books their scrap pickup with us, he knows how much he is getting for his waste. This makes the entire process transparent and hassle-free.


Inconsistent quality

The quality of materials collected by kabadiwalas can vary widely, which can make it difficult for scrap dealers to process them efficiently.


How Scrapbuddy helps?

By introducing segregation at the early stage of waste collection, we make sure to process the waste that we collect efficiently & effectively. At Scrapbuddy, we process 1,00,00 tonnes of waste daily.


Environmental concerns

The traditional Kabadiwala system has a negative impact on the environment. The accumulation of waste in landfills leads to soil and water pollution, which can have long-term effects on the environment. Moreover, the traditional Kabadiwala system does not promote waste segregation, which means that recyclable and non-recyclable waste is mixed together, making it difficult to recycle.


How Scrapbuddy helps?

Being a company that follows the SWACHH BHARAT MANTRA, we follow only the best practices of collection, segregation and processing of waste.



The Need for Modernized Kabadiwala System

The shortcomings of the traditional Kabadiwala system highlight the need for a modernized Kabadiwala system that is more efficient, transparent, and sustainable. A modernized Kabadiwala system, such as SCRAPBUDDY, can address the challenges faced by waste collectors and promote a more eco-friendly approach to waste management.


The Benefits of Digitizing the Kabadiwala System

Digitizing the Kabadiwala system can bring several benefits to waste collectors and recycling centers. By using digital platforms, waste collectors can expand their reach and collect scrap material from a larger number of households and commercial establishments. This can increase their earning potential and improve their livelihoods. Moreover, digital platforms can provide waste collectors with real-time pricing information, which can ensure transparency and fairness in pricing. Digital platforms can also promote waste segregation, which can make it easier to recycle and reduce the environmental impact of waste.





In conclusion, the traditional  Kabadiwala system has several shortcomings that affect the environment and the livelihoods of waste collectors. However, a modernized Kabadiwala system that uses digital platforms and promotes waste segregation can address these challenges and ensure a more sustainable future for both the environment and waste collectors. SCRAPBUDDY has demonstrated that a modernized Kabadiwala system can be successful and sustainable. It is time to embrace a more efficient, transparent, and sustainable approach to waste management.


Let’s see what our customers Says about us.

Yash Mittal

New Delhi

Kabadiwale ka wait karna aur fir bargain karna has always been a chore to me. Thanks to Scrapbuddy, now I get all this done in a few clicks.

Ankit Goyal

New Delhi

As a bachelor, I want to enjoy my weekends with the commitment picking up of my kabad. With Scrapbuddy, ab mein khud pickup schedule kar sakta hu. Cool, isn’t it?

Sumit Garg

New Delhi

Because of flexible shift timings and a tight schedule, I rarely get time for anything, let alone waiting for a kabadiwala to pass by. Luckily, I can now schedule the pickup to my convenience. Thanks Scrapbuddy.

Devender Pawar

New Delhi

I’m pro-recycling, par mere andar ka Indian also wants to bargain for the right price. With Scrapbuddy, it’s a win-win for me. Yay!

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