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Back to Zero: Sorting the World's Waste Problem

Beatrice Di Caro
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In India, like the rest of the world, trash and plastic waste is a huge problem: 200,000 tons of it are produced every day and much of this ends up in landfill. How can we solve this problem, not just in India, but in countries all around the world?

Nivedha RM, a member of the UpLink community of innovators, has a solution. Join us for the premiere and screening of the short film, ‘Back to Zero: Sorting the World’s Waste Problem’, which tells the story of Nivedha and her pioneering trash-sorting company, TrashCon.

In the film, we learn more about Nivedha’s journey and how she went from studying chemical engineering in Bengaluru to the creation of TrashBot, the world’s first completely automated waste segregator. It’s an incredible story of persistence, tenacity, collaboration, and hope.

The session will include a Q&A with Nivedha, as well as the producer and director of the film, HyoJin Park, about her experience making the film, and the issue of waste in India.

Watch the livestream on this page on 13 December 2022 from 14.00 to 14.45 CET.


  • HyoJin Park, Creative Producer, World Economic Forum
  • Nivedha RM, Chief Executive Officer, TrashCon
  • Kristin Hughes, Director, Global Plastic Action Partnership, World Economic Forum
  • Emanuela Orsini, Digital Content Specialist, World Economic Forum
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