Wastelink: Sustainable Food Waste Processing by Transforming it into Animal Food

 Saket,  Director



The global food waste management market is anticipated to be valued at USD 62.2 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 116.4 billion by 2032. A growing ecological risk like food waste is considered one of the largest contributor of climate change. From production surplus to manufacturing waste to sales return a huge amount of food is rejected as waste and composting cannot be a viable solution to such large scale waste. Moreover due to lack of transparency the various food processing industries are hesitant to rely on any third party service provider who claims to manage their waste. The fear of having their brand image sabotaged is legitimate if the rejected products roam around the market instead of being channelized into waste processing.

This is where Wastelink came into existence to repurpose food waste as animal food. With complete visibility of the lifecycle of the waste from sourcing them to transfiguring those into a wide range of animal food products, Wastelink has built a technical capacity to process packaged, dry or wet and liquid food and turn them into highly nutritious food items for dairy and poultry animals. Running four units currently in Delhi, Bombay, Bengaluru and Lucknow, Wastelink has set a benchmark with the vision of reducing food waste by sustainable means and bringing the massive amount of
discarded food back in ecological food chain. With proprietary technology they are producing an economic range of animal food while preventing GHG emissions and standing in the face of adverse climate change.

Exclusive Range of Offering
Wastelink extensively looks at the fresh waste after crop harvesting and the large proportion of rejected food items being extracted out of surplus production, disputed packaging, defective manufacturing, excessing order and sales return from the market. With a robust logistics network across the country, Wastelink sources food waste from over 70 cities and processes it into their innovative range of animal foods before it is sent to municipal disposal channels. They ensures end-toend traceability of food rejects with SKU level visibility. Wastelink develops sugar meal, protein and energy meal for dairy and poultry animals that are appetizing and contain high nutritional value. Wastelink has been able to feed around 20,000 animals while they successfully have prevented emissions of 5000 tons GHG and saved 15,000 litres of water till date.

Wastelink has built up its foundation with skilled people from leading companies like Kellogg’s and Godrej, advisors and investors who have profound knowledge about waste management

“Wastelink has built up its foundation with skilled people from leading companies like Kellogg’s and Godrej, advisors and investors who have profound knowledge about waste management. They have also deployed scientists from agricultural universities to run R&D on the nutritional values of different food sources and how they can be incorporated in animal diets”, says Saket, Director of Wastelink. They have created a work atmosphere based on the revolutionary objective of exploring the white space of food waste management in India.

Future Projections
Over a brief span of time, Wastelink have earned trust of some leading food brands like ITC and Nestlé and consistently have been living up to the consumer’s expectation, developing a transparent work culture full of opportunities. Mr. Saket concludes, “We looking at two crore a month run rate by the end of this year. We have raised about 1.6 crores from Indigram Labs and some angel investors. We are aiming to hit 2000 metric ton a month which we are expecting to meet by the end of the year”.