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How To Start Your Own Recycling Business

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by | Sep 17, 2018

As people start to think more about how they treat the planet, recycling is becoming a priority. Consumer attitudes are changing and people are more inclined to buy products that come in recyclable packaging, even if it costs a little bit more. That means manufacturers are producing more recyclable materials and there is more demand for companies that can recycle them and make them into usable materials again. That’s why now is the perfect time to start your own recycling business. You can also make extra money by picking up scrap and selling it on to larger companies that will then repurpose it. You’ll need some initial investment to get set up but once you’ve done that, you should be able to find plenty of work out there. If you’re interested in starting your own recycling company, here’s everything you need to do to make it a success.

Choose A Niche

There are some big companies out there that deal in most recyclable materials but unless you’ve got a huge amount of money to invest in the business, you’re not going to be able to afford to do that. You’ll have to choose a specific niche and focus on that to start with. When you start making some more money, you can expand your operation and start dealing with more different materials. Scrap metal and junk collection is a good place to start because you shouldn’t need too much expensive machinery. You can just pick up the stuff and then sell it on to a larger company that will recycle it. If you can afford to set up your own recycling plant, you can look into cardboard and plastic repurposing.

Get The Right Equipment

You’ll need different equipment depending on what materials you’ll be dealing with so you need to do your research here. In most cases, you’ll need a platform scale so you can weigh the recyclables that you’ve collected. Each different material will require certain equipment to recycle it and some will be more expensive than others. You should keep this in mind when you’re choosing a niche and start out with something that doesn’t require lots of expensive equipment.

Market Yourself Properly

Like any business, you’re going to need to market yourself properly if you’re ever going to be successful. Using online marketing tools is a good place to start, but some of the more old-fashioned techniques might serve you better in this industry. Companies are always looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly because it saves them money and improves their public image. If you go around to local businesses and let them know about your services, you might be able to set up partnerships and take all of their waste for them as well as selling some of the recycled material back to them so they can use it for packaging. Finding those clients and building long term relationships with them is the key to success in the recycling industry.

Remember that there is going to be a lot of competition out there so you need to offer an excellent service at a reasonable price if you’re ever going to get ahead.

xoxo, Karmen K

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