Food Upcycling Startup Wastelink is Making Food Waste Management Circular and Sustainable

Industry Agri-Technology

Induction into Scale-Up 2022


About Wastelink

A massive 40% of food produced in India goes to waste, while millions of people and livestock go hungry each day. Food loss and waste also exacerbate the climate change crisis with its significant greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint.

Wastelink operates a unique B2B food waste management platform in India, driving a much-needed circular economy for food waste. Through this platform, it sources thousands of tonnes of packaged food rejects and surplus from various stages of the value chain, converting them into nutrient-dense animal feed input ingredients, using proprietary technology.  Food waste undergoes processing into formulations tailored for the feed needs of cattle, poultry, aqua, and swine farmers.

Since its inception in 2018, Wastelink has collected and processed 4,000 tonnes of food waste, diverting it from landfills and benefiting over 20,000 animals. It has also conserved over 15,000 litres of water and prevented more than 5,000 tonnes of GHG emissions. 

Wastelink at MIF’s Scale-Up

Scale-Up’s comprehensive support to Wastelink has significantly bolstered its operations. This includes facilitating a strategic procurement partnership between Wastelink and a large FMCG player, aimed at increasing the collection of food waste and expired products. The result: a deal for the procurement of approximately 10 metric tonnes of packaged food waste per month from a large FMCG player, with the potential to expand to approximately 40 metric tonnes per month.

Marico experts, including Human Resources Manager (Manufacturing) Joseph Peter, Business HR Head (Sales, Marketing & Manufacturing) Arnab Das, Head Legal (Personal Care Brands), Bhaveka Ranpria, EVP & Head of Packaging, Vaishali Ghode, and Senior Officer IPR, Swapnil Chandwade, have mentored Wastelink as it navigated the patent filing process for its innovative processing technology. 

They also supported Wastelink in aligning its factories and offices with applicable industrial, child labor, and Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) laws, thus contributing to operational efficiency and legal compliance.

In addition to regulatory compliance, Scale-Up is supporting Wastelink in diversifying its revenue streams by exploring new value-added products from their current operations to cater to specific client needs.

As of April 2024, Wastelink continues to be a part of Scale-Up.

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