Envisioning a world with no

Our Reach


3,00,000 students through 200+ schools and institutions


Helping 4,00,000 people recycle through 5000 collection points.


Relationship with 270 informal sector works since 2012

Our Story

Paperman was started in 2010 with an

objective to accelerate recycling in India.


Our initiatives include public awareness

programs, on-demand recycling platform,

managing processing units in partnership

with various state governments, turnkey

contractors for setting up recycling unites,

and other ancillary services for the industry.


We provide world class technology to our clients,

partners and public organizations to design and

 execute large scale recycling projects.


Over the 8+ years in operation, we have touched

more than 500,000 people across India’s $5 Billion

 (USD) recycling industry.

Our timeline

The evolution of Paperman over the years 


Paperman launches with school recycling programs in the city of Chennai.


Developed a students program partnered with India University IIT-Kharagpur to build a platform that maps out all the kabadiwallahs in the city of Chennai.


School recycling program reached over 200 schools across south India with participation of over 300,000 children.


Introduced a breakthrough technology platform: On-demand Doorstep Recycling mobile application “An Uber for trash model” where households can directly connect with kabadiwallahs.


Launched Trash Funding program that resembles the  “kick-starter model” for raising funds for local non-profits from small and medium trash-producers who recycle their materials through doorstep recycling service 


Doorstep recycling technology program reaches 5,000 touch points and engages 270 kabadiwallahs in the Chennai. Over 2,500,000 INR raised for over 40 non-profits in Chennai.


Started working with waste material aggregators and recyclers to improve the economics of India’s recycling industry.


Moving to become a “Trash Economy accelerator” by helping India manage its trash through a Circular Economy model.


Mathew Jose - Founder & CEO

An Ashoka fellow and Forbes 30 under 30, Mathew is one of the most recognized and knowledgeable people in transforming Waste Management in India.

Aby Yohannan - Digital Product Director

An experienced entrepreneur with almost 20 years under his belt, Aby is a veteran in tech product development (Mobile, IoT, and Blockchain).  He leads startups and accelerates high revenue growth ventures.

Shravan Shankar - Sustainability Director

Shravan has been working in the realm of Sustainable Development for over 8 years in various capacities from advisory to national level policy making.

Vardhaman Sakhlecha - Finance Director

Vardhaman is a finance professional with over 9 years of experience globally heading corporate finance, business re-structuring projects, and FinTech implementation.

Our Advisors