How to Start Glass Recycling Business

Recycling is the in thing nowadays. Because of the problem of our dear mother earth is facing right now, recycling has become the next to the normal thing to do and glass recycling is one of them. This article will show you how to start a glass recycling business.

For every business there is always the planning stage. Know the business fully well. Invest in training, buy books, and talk to people who know this industry better than you.

Know your options and most especially do you have enough funds for this kind of business. If you think that you do then I don’t think that you can not succeed in this kind of business venture.

There is a saying that there is money from wastes. This is so true. Empty glass or jars are categorized as trash and recycling glass is one profitable business venture you may try to invest in. You can start by recycling glass bottles or jars. Glass bottles are classified as nonbiodegradable so they will stay in their present condition for millions of years in the landfills. Instead of throwing them where it will just take so much space in our mother earth why not start a business that collects, cleans, and resell the glass bottles or jars. You can offer the cleansed recycle bottles to those who are making homemade jams or you can also search the web for possible customers who are interested in purchasing recycled glass.

You may also consider doing glass aggregates. This is made from recycled glass. You need to invest in machines that produce glass aggregates. There are machines that can fit into your empty space at home such as your garage or you may also want to invest in a bigger machine but you will have enough space for this. Glass aggregates are being used in the making of concrete pavers, terrazzo floorings, tiles for countertops and the likes. This is a lucrative business as this is the latest in the construction industry nowadays. It is also used in landscaping, aquariums, and fire pits. Indeed there is a big demand for recycled glass

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You may also want to branch out in making stained glasses out of recycled glass. Stained glass windows look very attractive. There are also several crafts that you can make out of stained glass-like picture frames. Materials that you will need in making any crafts out of recycled glass are a glass cutter, emery paper, glass grinder, pliers, and paints.

There are several other businesses you can come up with once you are well versed in the glass recycling business. In the meantime focused on just one and try to master it before jumping into another one.

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  • govin said on May 2, 2010
    I am interested in starting up a recycled bottles biz in singapore. Like to start with bottles and then paper and other stuff. Any good advice?
  • stephan spies said on May 24, 2010
    Need details of prices for glass and buyers of collected glass in the Paarl and Wellington areas, Western Cape South Africa
  • enock said on May 29, 2010
    interested in starting glass recycling business, own reliable transport. no knowledge about prices and no contacts staying in limpopo (Thabazimbi). would like to hear more about starting this business.
  • Jacob motshegwa said on June 10, 2010
    Please guyz help me with info for starting glass recycling business. i live in mogwase(north-west province south africa)i would like to know more about prices and people that i'm gonna do business in terms of selling.
  • Lubabalo Solani said on June 17, 2010
    I am in the Eastern Cape, Joe Gqabi District municipality. Gariep local municipality Burgersdorp. I am interested in starting glass recycling business. I need help with information to start. please help how to start this kind of business in my area.
  • dolly mzamo said on June 17, 2010
    i am dolly mzamo and would like to start glass recycling business. i am in the eastern cape, king william's town, south africa,
  • thobelani said on June 28, 2010
    I am situated at Ulundi kzn and would like to start a glass recycling business, I have a cc and would be delighted to be one of glass recyclers in kzn
  • namgy wangdi said on June 30, 2010
    hi i am from nepal and would like to start recycle business of paper and glass, so how can i do glass recycle business? in how much capital, can i start glass recycle business? please reply me.
  • thembani klaasen said on July 12, 2010
    hi i am from graaff reinet and we are a group of 6 people who would like to start a recycling business in our area, please would you send us a very detailed info on the process of this business. Please try to find us a company/ies that we can work with in our area. Hopefully. please note that graaff reinet is in the eastern cape, South Africa.
  • Tiffany Watson said on July 21, 2010
    My company is located in Gainesville, Florida and we already have purchased much of the need recycling equipment for the glass. I was hoping to find out more about marketing the product. Thanks
  • Eric said on July 31, 2010
    Hi! I would like to start a waste glass collection in my town. Unfortunately i dont know of any glass recyclers in my country. I will be delighted to know of any glass recyclers.
  • Mdu Ndlovu said on August 3, 2010
    Hi, Please could you assist on the requirements needed to start a glass recycling business as my area has a lot of this non-recycled glass that is polluting our environment. Empangeni.
  • Shanley Izally said on August 5, 2010
    Please give me more advise on how to start a recycling business. I am located in East London. Very keen and interested.
  • Dumisani Dayimani said on August 11, 2010
    hi guyz please i would like to start a recycled company in my home town Ugie and surrounding towns and that will create more job for people i need help where & how to start from cape town.
  • mirabel said on August 11, 2010
    Hi, i would like to start a glass recycling company in my area and the surrounding areas. i need advice what i'll need in terms start up capital and other resources that i'll need.
  • Tshepang said on August 16, 2010
    I have made more than 24 tons of crashed glass and I don't know where to sell them for recycling I'm at Matatiele, the nearest big towns from me are Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
  • MLUNGISI said on August 23, 2010
    CIJIKHONO NPO, UMZUMBE MUNICIPALITY, Port Shepstone, SOUTH AFRICA Please help our organization to start glass collection and recycling business. We are raising funds for the small business development in our rural area.
  • Bongumusa Mncwabe said on August 24, 2010
    Pls give me advices on how to star the recycling business I am located at Pietermaritzburg KZN, and clarify more on finances, working capital and etc
  • Lilly said on September 3, 2010
    KZN-Mtubatuba. I'm doing honours in University of Zululand and I would like to start a recycling business. please clarify more on what is needed to qualify and any motivation you can provide me with. thankx
  • rona said on September 7, 2010
    i want to start glass recycling .i need to find out the prices for glass bottles and do you get a better price if the bottles are crushed smaller sizes. who do i sell it to. i am situated in primrose. need email addresses of people to speak to.
  • Avuye Qambaa said on September 13, 2010
    I would like to start a glass recycling company in port elizabeth but i need to find out what equipment is needed and also a sample of a glass manufactures business layout. Avuye Qamba 0715026696 209096047 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Samukelisiwe Mzolo said on September 13, 2010
    I am a very determined young woman who would like to start a glass recycling business. Please send me all the required information and prices of how to go about. I live Pietermaritzburg and I am not only interested in making a profit but to also help unemployed people from around my community. Your help will be highly appreciated and please reply A.S.A.P
  • john latola said on September 15, 2010
    We are 3 people want to go in to glass recycling business. We need info on how to go about to get in the glass recycling business. Also where we can get funding from and what the cost of such a business. Please provide us with contact details of people who can assist. Thank you
  • Meri Nikoloska said on September 20, 2010
    I want to establish glass recycling plant. I can provide place but I need help to provide equipment. I am looking for fund or cooperation with company that has experience in this filed. I live in Skopje, capital of Republic of Macedonia, South-East Europe. In this region there is no glass recycling plant and it is going to be great opportunity to start with this now. Benefits will be great as for environment as for new products at the market. I hope you can help me to achieve this goal. Best regards, Meri Nikoloska
  • florence botha said on September 21, 2010 flou from the eastern cape,king wiiliams town. i have started the glass recycling business.. and am waiting for the guy collecting to come and collect, but it seems like his taking forever to do so. i have been waiting for him since the end of May this year and am kind of getting impatient now.. so i would like to get someone else to do the job, but who in king?! HELP! THANX...
  • subha said on September 23, 2010
    I am running a bulb manufacturing unit in Hyderabad, India. We are getting some glass wastage daily. I have an idea to start a glass recycling plant also. Is it advisable? How much it will be cost? Pl. advise me.
  • charles said on September 26, 2010
    I am situated in the eastern ca, Cala and would like to start a glass recycling business. Pls help.
  • Mokete Khobotle said on October 2, 2010
    I would like to open a glass business please provided with all the information
  • chi simon said on October 5, 2010
    Hi, i am chi simon from cameroon i would like to start a glass recycling company in my area and the surrounding areas. i need advice what i'll need in terms start up capital and other resources that i'll need. also wish to know all the other raw materials needed for manufacturing constructive plain glasses. waiting for your reply, Thanks
  • rorisang maubane said on October 7, 2010
    hi,i am rorisang maubane from south africa,pretoria.i would like to start glass recycling company.i need to how can start and how can get funding for equipment.additional info will be appreciated.thanks
  • Nandipha malupali said on October 12, 2010
    Hi, my name is Nandipha malupali from Flagstaff in the Eastern Cape and wish to start a glass bottle recycling business. Basically i need information on how can i supply other recycling initiatives with bottles
  • Johannes Mthembu said on October 14, 2010
    I want to start a recycling company. I want to recycle bottle i've places that i can get lot of bottle but i don't know where to start and where to go. I am looking for fund or cooperation with company that has experience in this filed. I live in in Durban, hillcrest. thanks
  • Tshediso Mokoena said on November 1, 2010
    Hi, I`m Tshediso Mokoena based in the Eastern Free State,I had started collecting glass for the past three years and I have collected huge number of glasses with different colours.I would like to know the glass prices per kilogram and how to find a buyer and a glass breaking machine.
  • Lesuthu Madia said on November 1, 2010
    I want to start a recycling company. I want to recycle bottle i've places that i can get lot of bottle but i don't know where to start and where to go. I am looking for fund or cooperation with company that has experience in this filed. I live in in Eastern Free State. thanks
  • ABRAHAM WILLIAMS said on November 8, 2010
    I am located in Ficksburg, would like to start a recycling(glass & paper) business. I had started collecting glass. I would like to know the prices per kilo, and where to find a buyer. Please forward me all the neccesary information.
  • lola said on November 9, 2010
    hi, i am also interested in starting a business in glass recycling. i am from the north west province, mafikeng. i would like to find how to start such a business, who i can talk to for financial assistance and advice.thank you
  • francina kekana said on November 17, 2010
    hey. i am from lesotho, maseru and i am interested in starting a glass recycling company. so how do i start, please help. thank you
  • Makhosazane Mbanjwa said on November 26, 2010
    Please help with info. on the requirements of opening a recycling company, Also, where can i buy bottle recycling equipments? M.L mbanjwa from Lenasia,JHB
  • pumlani said on November 29, 2010
    hello i'm in eastern cape mtata would like to start a recycling business do i need to have a transport please reply by sms or e-mail (0833145333) my e-mail address
  • Avo said on December 3, 2010
    I am interested in this field, but as of now i didn't heard this kind of business as am living in northeast india. So kindly guide me in this particular area..
  • iftikhar sadiq bhatti said on December 4, 2010
    dear sir am interested in Ideas for Small Business could you assist on the requirements needed to start a glass recycling business as my area has a lot of this non-recycled glass would like to know the prices per kilo, and where to find a buyer. Please forward me all the necessary information i hope you reply me in details. thanks in advance, iftikhar sadiq bhatti
  • Richard McIntosh said on December 9, 2010
    I would like to know how to start a glass recycling business. Snohomish, WA 98290 USA.
  • Khotso said on December 10, 2010
    I'm in Lesotho Leribe i have collected glass all over, but now i do not know where to sell it for recycling
  • Fezile Mkhize said on December 10, 2010
    To all the people in kzn and eastern cape south africa you can sell your glass to Nampak glass it is located at Roodekop Johannesburg for detailed information e mail me on:, then i will be able to help you where i can.keep collecting its for a good cause.
  • Katrana Luellen said on December 13, 2010
    My partner and I want to start glass recycling business. We need information that outlines each step of the business in detail including the start up cost and Business Loans.
  • Mpho Seshabela said on December 14, 2010
    I am from Potchefstroom and interested in starting a paper pulping/ mill. Where can I get an equipment and the know-how of the business? I'll appreciate names of few companies dealing with such for more research.
  • Abraham Williams said on December 15, 2010
    I am from Ficksburg and interested in starting a glass recycling business.I have already approach different places who are willing to supply me with bottles. Could you please supply me with names and places in Freestate. I am ready to start.
  • K Vikranth Reddy said on December 18, 2010
    I am into Automobile servicing, seeing lot of broken auto glass thrown here n there. I would like to invest in recycling this but do not know anything about machinery and the products to make from the recycled glass. If somebody is there to take the semi-finished product would be happy to join.
  • Nikiwe Gumbanjera said on December 22, 2010
    I'm a glass retailer and I would want to know much about recycling of glass and how to start a glass recycling business. Can you supply me names and places in East London where they recycle glass.
  • steven said on December 28, 2010
    Hi, i have already started the recycling business in my area situated in Mariannhill and has just been granted an area that i can use to expand my business by my Council but would like to know how do i get the glass banks to be placed in my area.
  • Alex said on January 2, 2011
    Hi, my company imports beverages in glass bottles to Singapore. We would like to start recycling biz and collect all our glasses from consumers and offer refund 0.10c. I am looking for opportunities for partnership with people/companies that are already in recycling business in Singapore. Plz contact me on nine six four five eight eight nine nine! Thx
  • keston said on January 3, 2011
    i am from the caribbean, trinidad, w.i. i am starting to collect beer bottles and other glass bottles to crush them and sell them to the us can you point me to the best buyers also give me some advice on the do's and donts on my new journey.
  • keston said on January 3, 2011
    a lot of coca cola and sprite plastic bottles get thrown away where i work is there any buying of this in the us and england
  • Tshokolo said on January 5, 2011
    We have started the process of collecting bottle but we dont know which company is going to take those bottle and we want to know how much is one ton.lindley in free state south africa
  • GOBBINATH said on January 6, 2011
    I'm located at Malaysia, Kuala lumpur. I'm a glass consultant working in Malaysia . Currently my company is willing to sell tons and tons of glass to recycling company . For the interested party. Pls do call me straight. We can discuss the terms of recycling and trade. Thank you : Gobbinath +6012-916 3905
  • Thameem said on January 8, 2011
    I am interested to start making Pencils using recycled materials. I am ready to invest, the project should either in Tamilnadu or Kerala. Let me know, how much investment required, there's huge potential as well as, we can protect our Earth. Go greener. Please contact,
  • Francisco said on January 11, 2011
    collect 50 tons of glass per month in Mexico is very cheap price to where I can send out of Mexico for sale?
  • Tshedi Makhoba said on January 13, 2011
    Am residing in Carletonville and am interested in starting a recycling (Glass, paper,cans,plastic bottles in my area. I need information regarding that business.
  • Shamielah said on January 17, 2011
    Good afternoon. I am based in Cape Town, South Africa.Please advise the best way to start a glass recycling business. i have already collected about a ton of glass.Where to from here? Is there any funding available???
  • Andrew said on January 18, 2011
    Good Morning, i would like to start a recycling business in Tanzania. There is huge availability of glass for recycling. I would like to know how to go about from here
  • linda said on January 19, 2011
    i'm interested in starting a recycling business paper,boxes and bottle recycling i'm staying at barberton (mpumalanga).will you please give me the details of how to go about and also list of companies that i will supply the end product to also the type of machinery that will be needed in the business. try to also get the rates in that commonly used last but not list i hear that some companies also provide the big bag for storage and they do the collection once you have reach the target please get me that. thank you.
  • Jean Pretorius said on January 25, 2011
    Can I get more info on who I need to get in touch with to the sell collected glass.
  • DENZIL said on January 28, 2011
    Hi , i would like to get information on where i can sell empty glass bottles, i'm from johannesburg, so please refer me to places in johannesburg. thanks
  • thandile siko said on January 28, 2011
    hi i am interested in starting a recycling business in the western cape and would like to get assistance on how to go about it the strengths require to make in that industry
  • lynette pfeiffer said on February 1, 2011
    hi i have started servicing sum restaurants and pubs in my area collecting their glass cardboard and cans i need assistance in getting a decent rate for my waste so that i can employ more people and extend my business .
  • frncois malan said on February 4, 2011
    hi i like to start a recycling business i need to know if the glass needs to be sorted and places to sell them to is there any regulations regarding this. who can i speak to that know this kind of business please can you help me.
  • Kagiso said on February 10, 2011
    I'd like to start a box recycling business in Mmabatho "North West Province" in South Africa and i don't know where to go to sell the boxes i collected. Please help as i desperately need to start this business.
  • ketco glass recycling said on February 17, 2011
    we are recycling glass bottles or jars we will collect in the eastern persons Sheldon 084 808 2372 or Danny 083 270 9837
  • bonny said on February 19, 2011
    Hi. I have a cc & I need to sell recyclable glass and paper to recycling companies or buy back centres around Durban. Please advise
  • Thobeka Menze said on February 27, 2011
    The name of my company is NDUMIETH TRADING COMPANY. I'm residing at EASTERN CAPE in Port Elizabeth. I'm started to collect bottles for recycling in different towns such Port Alfred and others . I'm requesting an advise of where to sell and where can I buy recycling machines and anyway I need any information that can assist me on my recycling initiative. Contact person THOBEKA 0726826014 or Ncediswa 0795678647
  • Vinod Sharma said on February 27, 2011
    Hi, I want to start glass recycling plant in India. I would like to know turnkey project cost and feasibility, please advise. Thanks in advance.
  • Nonhlanhla Sokhulu said on March 23, 2011
    Hi, this Nonhlanhla from PortShepstone, KZN, in South Africa. Assist me I need to start a recycling business to sustain our NGO project. Plz supply me with info
  • chris visser said on March 27, 2011
    hi guys my name is CHRIS VISSER and would like start a recycling business in the northern cape. if possible i need some guides how to go about it and prices. were to sell transport rates and sell rate per kg or per ton. please be so kind to help me in this matter. thanks Chris Visser
  • Sipho maloka said on March 27, 2011
    I like to start glass recycling business in limpopo mogoto,please any better advice on how i can do that.
  • Hadgu said on March 28, 2011
    I, Ethiopian young, want to start glass recycling. I need help from you about specification of the machines and sample business plan of Glass Recycling. I need email addresses of people to speak to. Hadgu Alemayehu, Tel. 251914701563, Mekelle-Tigray-Ethiopia
  • yeap said on March 28, 2011
    I have seen many peoples throw empty beer bottles every where . I would like to collect them for sales ... but I don't know where to find the buyer in Malaysia ( I an a Malaysian ) or near by country . Please help . Thanks
  • Marvin Mattroos said on March 29, 2011
    I would love to start a Recycling Business of all Material, I'm situated in Johannesburg. I have prices a company has already provided me with for the various different materials. What i need to know is where/how i can get large quantities of the different materials in order to have it recycled. If you can provide me with contacts i can liaise with regarding what type of warehouse and machinery i need to set up in order to get started. Thanks
  • nomfundiso ngada said on April 6, 2011
    i'm interfered in starting glass recycle i'm at nkonkobe municipality in alice E.C would link me with the nearest resource on how to initiate this project
  • Deepak Jeewa said on April 7, 2011
    Hi i am in east london eastern cape I am interested in starting up a glass recycling plant, or where I can collect glass to resell.My contact no is 083 770 8798 or email addy thank you. Deepak
  • joseph april said on April 7, 2011
    hi! i would like to venture into glass recycling as there is plenty of used bottles in my area, i stay in francistown, botswana. please help me with information on how to start this business, how much finance is needed, market and the relevant information. my cell #: +26772361080
  • TUDUETSO MONAGEN said on April 9, 2011
    Hi. I live in Gaborone , Botswana. there is a lot of waste in the form of glass bottles in my area. i would like some advice on what i need to do to start a glass recycling business in this area.
  • Don said on April 11, 2011
    Germiston, South Africa. Need info on prices for machinery involved as well as purchases of crushed or uncrushable glass in my area.
  • Sesale Masike said on April 18, 2011
    Hi! I'm in Maseru Lesotho.i have already stated collecting a lot of bottles(glass) and cans, but i don't know where to sell them for recycling in South Africa.can i also please have advice on prices.
  • sanette kapp said on May 7, 2011
    northern cape, Upington. we would like to recycle glass at schools in our area. please help to start such a business
  • ISAAC PHIRI said on May 14, 2011
    Hi, I would like to start a business in recycling (Glass/Bottles )and paper. I stay in Cresta (Windsor West ) in Randburg SA and would like to know the feasibility and the funds I may need for me to start such a business. I am a Hon BSc Environmental Management Sc. student, I am well know the South African Legislation as well and would like to know if it would be profitable at all on my side. I need to know as well the companies I would be dealing with, machinery and equipment that I would need. I thank you. My details are Isaac Phiri, Email cell 0791495287-home 0114311269. Kind regards
  • Kris said on May 16, 2011
    Hello, I do quite a bit of recycling now and am looking to add glass bottles to the business. What equipment would I need to purchase and what kind of quantities would I be looking at to make it profitable? I am having a hard time finding any potential buyers. Thanks, Kris in central ND, USA.
  • Carolina Weideman said on May 20, 2011
    Hi I am from Hoedspruit Limpopo, I would like to know of companys in and around limpopo that buys recycled glass, i've got a bottle recycling plant.
  • samhasivareddy said on May 27, 2011
    Hello, I am very much interested in starting a glass recycling plant in Andhrapradesh, INDIA. Could you please give me the details of plant (installation cost, equipment manufacturers and customers of recycled glass) Also please assist with the process flow and additional raw materials or chemicals used in recycling. Thanking you. please send to my alternate email ID:
  • Xplisa said on May 31, 2011
    Dear Sir/Madam, I found that recycling business is very scarce in my area, I have realize that if I can start a bottle recycling business it would be big success but I don't have much knowledge on how it works, the machines and the clients. I am in Cape Town (Western Cape) South Africa.
  • madhu said on May 31, 2011
    this is madhu from hyderbad. i want to start a glass recycling production from tyres. plz send me the required information
  • troy cameron said on June 4, 2011
    hi am troy from south mississippi i am very interested in starting my own business recycling glass cans and copper. i know there is a profit on the cans and the copper but is there a profit on the glass and how much like prices per pound etc.
  • Panda said on June 8, 2011
    hi, i'm dealing with all kind of color float glass and laminated glass, insulated glass and so on. anybody interested pls contact me free. I'm from qingdao, china
  • MZAMO MAFULEKA said on June 12, 2011
    I'm Mzamo Mafuleka i m so interested in glass recycling business, my problem is i dont know where to start and who to contact. There is a lot of glass waste around my area. So please help me with any information you may have concerning bottle recycling or contact details of glass industries that i can contact to help me. Thankx.
  • Sharath.p said on June 14, 2011
    I am interested in starting a glass recycling unit in Kerala,India.As i have never been into this kind of business,would be helpful if i get advice on capital investment on machinery and installation,target customers like what kind of customers do more frequently rely on recycled glass.Thanks in advance.
  • Mona said on June 15, 2011
    i want to start my own recycling business in clear glass .where do i start and who do i sell it to . can you please help me.i am in Piet Retief Mphumalanga
  • Cathy Cumming said on June 21, 2011
    Underberg, Southern Drakensberg, KZN. I want to start a recycling business in glass, pls could you advise on how much I could make & where I would have to take the glass to nearest to Underberg KZN. I already have the vehicle and the space, could you also let me know what machinery you are talking about to recycle glass etc and the cost of the machines.
  • Lan tebogo said on June 22, 2011
    I'm Lan tebogo residing in phalaborwa limpopo south africa.I want to become a bottle collector.I already started collecting beer and coke bottles.I just want to collect and sell.
  • sibongile mashigo said on July 4, 2011
    hi,i am in machadodorp mpumalanga i collect wasted glass in the local area,so now i need to know how much you pay per 25 can contact me to my cell 0786640862 or email me to you
  • Faith Mhango said on July 12, 2011
    hi, i am in Malawi interested in starting a glass recycling business, would be hopeful if you can advice me on capital investment on machinery, or alternatively if i can just be collecting and selling and how much can i make. Looking forward to your advise.
  • joseph mannion said on July 13, 2011
    hello, I'm so much interested in doing crushed bottles and selling them. I need to know more on the markets and where to sell them also on the best way of crushing different colors of bottles.


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