Start a Recycling Business

There is money in recycled non-biodegradable garbage materials that are used in the making of new household items. This business has helped clear up the garbage dumpsites of unsightly garbage that government did not know how to dispose of because they did not rot even after so many years.

With recycling, this problem is no longer a concern.


The first requirement you have to meet is for you to have an area big enough where to pile up recyclable garbage items that you gather day to day through your many workers who go around the communities that you intend to serve with your recycling business. When the garbage items piled up are enough to fill up a truck you load this and send them to the shipping point where cargo barges are waiting to be filled up with materials before sailing for the factories that melt the garbage into reusable form again.

Locate Your Garbage Collection Site Centrally

The open area that you use to gather all the recyclable garbage materials must be located centrally so it will be easy for your gatherers to reach it from all directions as they go house to house in their daily task of garbage gathering. If the site of your collection and the sorting area is near the government garbage dump site or collection point, so it is much better. Have a reliable water source near your garbage collection pile area in case there is a need to clean up some of the items collected.

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Have an Efficient Trucking System

Another important investment you have is to make trucks big enough to do the hauling from your collection area to the shipping point where your garbage collected is weighed, and where you get paid for the items you send. Proof of this delivery is issued to you before the loading into the cargo barges of the receiving factories, which complete the recycling system into the new metal, plastic, or glass materials that manufacturers can use in their making different new products. You collect the actual payment from the banks designated by the factories in their payment system.

The recycling business you are setting up will provide jobs to many people who act as your workforce in the manual gathering of all metal, glass, plastic, and other synthetic materials from the households, and from the garbage dumpsites nearby. You will just pay them by kilo for the items they deliver so you must have a good weighing system for this purpose. The workers you pay on a daily basis are the ones who sort the items by kind in your garbage collection area. Many of the new workers you will be hiring may be jobless for the moment and they will be very thankful to you once you set up the new recycling business.

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  • glen mcdonald said on May 10, 2009
    looking to start a small recycling firm on land i already use for a small pallet recovery business as the market just now for recycled pallets is limited so while doing my local rounds i cannot believe the things local company's class as rubbish scrap metals plastics cardboard computer waste pallets old machinery and much much more on thinking there is a good chance that there's money to be made. i am needing a little help from anyone who is in the know about grants prices for computer waste cardboard etc and also any other waste materials that can help my company make more profit at the same time keep a step ahead and do our bit for the environment so any help or new ideas would be much appreciated and feel free to do your bit and give the company a realistic chance of getting this project up and started just send all the things that are recyclable and the prices you get for all the different compounds plastics metals etc kilos and per ton. thank you very much
  • GLENN FROMENT said on June 15, 2009
    hi, i want to know how i can open a recycling place in my home town. i live in lincoln ro, 02865. i want to open a place where people can come and bring there cans and bottles and plastic and i will pay therm for the items and then i want to know how to scrape it to get paid my self or get people to pick it up for me and i want to do paper to so can somebody help me. thank you, email me
  • Carol Spearmon said on July 10, 2009
    I would like to start my clothing recycle business to export globally. How do I get started? What is the first thing to do? It appears that this could be a very lucrative business. Thank you for your help. My email is
  • shahid ashraf said on July 16, 2009
    hi, how can i start a small scrap metal company? can you give me few ideas? Thank you very much.
  • Stacey Bowles said on July 21, 2009
    i would like to start a recycling business and i want to know where do i scrape the recyclables and get paid for it. i also need for someone to pick it up and dump it at a site, i also need to get paid for this as well so please help me if you can. Thank you, Mrs.Bowles
  • Douglas Lightsey said on August 1, 2009
    I'm seeking any backers who wish to Start a Full service recycling business, For cans, Bottles and Glass in the Phoenix Arizona area, as well as statewide. these people only recycle cans. Come on folks lets make some money. Arizona has lots of Opportunities, come here and make some money.. 602-626-7311
  • Trinity investments llc said on August 1, 2009
    Phoenix, Arizona is a great city. as well as the entire state Investors, Business owners, and anybody who likes to make money. come to Arizona and make it. this is a paradise in the middle of the desert. a lot of Potential is here. come on and do it. 602-626-7311 818-880-7850
  • josephine kotsi said on August 11, 2009
    how much a recycling business going to cost, what are risks involved, the machines that are used. Thank You
  • Jim Aguilar said on August 15, 2009
    I would like to start a commercial recycle pick up of all glass, aluminum and plastic. How do I get started with this process? What type of Truck or trucks do I need to complete this task.
  • SMRS (U) LTD ; Samuel said on August 18, 2009
    Hey you can contact, well Here there is a market for recycled products. Here also we have a lot of products to recycle. In Uganda there are many places you can get to put your recycling company, i have a place which we would put a company if you are really sure to come and we do business together. you can come and take a look at the place then see what we can do about that. if you want to start this business with me, just get back in touch... i will be very happy to do business with you. thank you, email me : enjoy your day,
  • nishanth said on September 1, 2009
    i want to extract precious metals from electronic waste. could you please tell me the equipment required and where can i get it.
  • K Bond said on October 13, 2009
    I live in a small town. We have garbage pu, but nothing is recycled. I would like to pick up the recyclable items and recycle them for profit. I need to supply recycle containers for cans/plastics/glass. I also will need to be able to go around to homes and pu these with ideas..cost/ practicality/ etc.
  • samantha said on November 13, 2009
    i want to start a recycling business, but on a small scale. can you please tell me the names of manufacturing companies that sell compressing machines in south africa, number of workforce to employ, size of a truck to use and the prices they charge for plastic/ton/kilo.
  • tayyy said on December 18, 2009
    I live in the suburbs. But you didnt answer my question. "How many workers do you need to start a recycling business?"
  • m umamaheswara rao said on December 23, 2009
    i am living in small village. i did my MBA i have a good exp in marketing. so i would like start a business in recycling, can u suggest me about process to stat a plant & investments & business process
  • adrain said on December 27, 2009
    hi live in san diego california and i want to start recycle business. start small and will see any info or course on line that can help me thanks
  • DARYL said on December 27, 2009
    I'm trying to start my own recycling business in my town in the Santa Barbara County in Lompoc Ca. and was seeing if anyone have any information on what I need to do to get it started. Thank you
  • Tony Williams said on January 6, 2010
    Hi I live in Bedforshire, UK and I'm trying to start my own recycling business, but I need some more information. On how much a recycling business going to cost, what are risks involved, the machines that are used. Thank You Tony Williams.
  • James Gordon said on January 11, 2010
    Aloha, I am interested in starting a recycle pick up business on the Big Island of Hawaii. I need information on how to develop a successful business plan. I plan to start small and expand. Mahalo, James Gordon
  • adoga adogwu said on January 18, 2010
    i live in nigeria western africa i am looking for investors in recycling...we have got a lot of rubbish to dispose off. please i need more info please i am in lagos nigeria
  • Logan Naidoo said on January 21, 2010
    I would like more information on how to start a re-cycling business in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • neha upadhyay said on January 22, 2010
    i want to know the exact details of starting a recycle business at a small scale with a minimum capital. OR wants to know other business with the criteria. neha upadhyay 9837412525, haldwani-nainital, uttarakhand, india
  • narra said on January 26, 2010
    HI, i would like to start recycle business at a small scale with a minimum capital. can you provide me metal scrap and cloth recycling business details. i need full information in this thanks in advance
  • Shaun Thrasher said on January 27, 2010
    i am in Cleveland, OH, USA. I need help on starting a recycling business.
  • Ben Taylor said on January 27, 2010
    I want info on starting up a recycling company. I have a location in Fresno, where I'd like to put a bin. Please contact me. Thank you.
  • Masooma Hassan said on January 29, 2010
    Please give me some more details on how to start up a recycling plant. thank you
  • Dante Williams said on February 2, 2010
    I am currently located in Miami Gardens, Fl. I am interested in starting up a recycling business in my area and would like to get more information on how to go about doing this.
  • Bill Clay said on February 7, 2010
    Would like to have information on starting a recycling plant in a small town. Where do you find the equipment, places to send it to, and how to set prices for buying of what ever is to be recycled, such as paper, plastics or cans?
  • prameet mehta said on February 13, 2010
    HI, want to start recycle business. can you provide me metal scrap, cloth recycling business details and how to recycle the unused electronic products. i need full details in this regard
  • chivaka said on February 15, 2010
    Harare. i also need to see how i can start up a recycle business in my area if you can help me with details. thanks
  • Barkha said on February 24, 2010
    Hi, I want to start a electronics waste recycling in Delhi, India. i will collect the electronics waste and will pay them, then will extract the recyclable components from it and then will send it to recyclers. i really appreciate if you can help me in determining the cost, i.e how much should i pay to the customer for taking a suppose laptop from them??
  • adeline said on March 2, 2010
    Hi, I want to start a plastic and paper recycle business in my area. I wish to get advice on how to start such a business. I live in kroonsad, free state province, south africa
  • Emoghene A. Richard said on March 3, 2010
    I really want to start a waste recycling business that will reduce paper, plastics, glasses, polythene bags, computer scraps, cell phone and metals to reduce pollution. i stay in Nigeria, delta state warri city. please if possible, i need a detail guideline on how i can start up. looking forward to hear from you through my mail.
  • lennox said on March 5, 2010
    I am currently in Durban in SA and would love to start a recycling business, recycling specifically bottles, please could you give me more information with regard to that.
  • Sandeep Kumar said on March 18, 2010
    Hello, I am Sandeep Kumar from Bangalore, India. Currently I am unemployed as I tried in Travel agency business, had a big loss from it. Now a thought came across to my mind to start up a recycling business from glass bottles. Can you please suggest me in this regard? Should I need to go for any training, what all the sophisticated machines I need to acquire for washing purpose and How can I collect the bottles etc. All the information from starting of business till selling. And would like to know the market for this business in Bangalore, India. Please I need help or you can suggest any concerned person in India to help me in this regard.
  • clement kali said on March 27, 2010
    I'm interested in starting up a recycling business in the fort lauderdale area. I have very little capital. By the way the city recycles. Any ideas on how to get started.
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  • yinka said on April 9, 2010
    i want to start a small scale recycling industry that recycles just paper and plastic. and with time gradually moving to metals and medical waste surulere, lagos nigeria
  • Faiyaz Patel said on April 11, 2010
    hi!!! I have very good idea to start recycling business in small city of Gujarat(INDIA) but don't have finance ... anyone interested please do not hesitated to contact me on my e-mail its
  • AYANNA said on April 14, 2010
    I live in a small country area and would like to start a recycling company. plastic soda cans etc. I would like to do it small at first. i would like to know what kind of license I would need, containers to use and what to charge people for this service. Also I would be using my car for this service until I am able to buy sufficient transportation. please give me some advice.
  • Ellafi said on April 15, 2010
    Hello there, I am looking for information how to start up Recycling business . i live in Libya , Benghazi City . Thanks in advance .
  • sara said on April 17, 2010
    Hi, London, UK. I want to start a plastic re-processing form MRF's products in london. Please guide me. Regards, sara
  • mrs sam said on April 18, 2010
    hi Sandeep, regarding your comment no 44 I need your e mail or mob no: to reply or you can contact me on my email
  • mrs sam said on April 18, 2010
    hi Aha regarding your comment no 56 you did not leave your add or email. You can contact me on my email:
  • VICTOR said on April 20, 2010
    hi, i have scrap of plastic, nylon, copper, lead, battery, bottles etc in large quantity for recycling. pls if anyone is in need of such scrap in large quantity should contact me e-mail: rmg ltd. ceo
  • JItessh Tomar said on April 25, 2010
    Hi, i am from India M.P.. I want to start Ayran, Plastic and Paper recycling small business unit in Biggest city in My State. so pls give me a Briefly details as well as possible. My E-id Thanks Dear
  • Betty Bradley said on April 25, 2010
    I live in Sacrameto, Ca. MY son asked me to assist him with obtaining information on how to start his own recycling business for aluminum, plastics, etc. He has been recycling himself for the last three years and wants to start his own recycling business. He does not have much capital but i will assist him if I can. Any information that you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
  • JR said on April 27, 2010
    I'm interested in starting a recycling business in Arizona. Plastics for now and metals in the future as revenue grows. We have great experience and proficient in the metals industry. I'm looking for partners/investors to join us with the start of a recycling business. contact me: JR
  • Raul J said on May 1, 2010
    I'd like to start a recycling business in Boston, MA. What kind of licenses do I need, where's the nearest recycling plant in MA, and any other info you can give me on the subject. Thanks, Raul
  • buloala lilly-west said on May 2, 2010
    i 'd like to start a recycling business specifically polythene bags and plastics. can someone advice me on how to start, the machines needed and all i need to do as well as the cost. i also need anyone who is interested in partnership. I can provide space in port harcourt and bayelsa state all in nigeria. Thanks, lilly-west
  • Subhajit Das said on May 5, 2010
    I want to start Mobile & Computer Recycling Business in 127, D.H. Road, Thakurpukur, kolkata-700063. Can U help me how can I start my business. Subhajit Das
  • Alex said on May 6, 2010
    Hi, I want to start a recycling business of anything that can possible be recycled. I leave at Mtubatuba and my area is just a kind of rural area. Can you please help me, how can I start it?, because currently I don't have money I'm just a student at a university.
  • Netshandama Hulisani said on May 10, 2010
    Hi i'm a young man interested in opening my own recycling deport. anyone with a little help is welcomed to email me
  • nwachukwu uchenna said on May 11, 2010
    hi, i want to start a recycling business, Recycling papers, plastics. i intend to collect them and forward them to a recycling center BUT i do not know any. i need help in that area and advice on how to run the business AND partners in sincerity. Thank You. uche
  • ifeanyi okpara said on May 16, 2010
    Hi, i want to start a recycling business, Recycling aluminum cans into ingot or aluminum sheets. Can someone advice me on how to start, the machines needed and all i need to do as well as the cost. I live in Nigeria, Imo State, how do i start a small scale aluminum cans recycling industry?
  • Er. Ravi Vyas said on May 17, 2010
    hello ravi here. I am looking for this recycling business in ahmedabad, gujarat. I have found out so many ragpickers in this city. so, please tell me how to start this business? with regards, Ravi
  • abhijeet mote said on May 17, 2010
    i am a student of i am currently in mumbai, India. looking to start my own business in Recycle in paper & plastic, & how to degrade the non recycle material what amount of money i would required for start the small business first. so please help me
  • Er.Nishant said on May 17, 2010
    Hi , am a mechanical engineer with MBA in operation & management. i would like to start up a business of plastic recycling plant with plastic injection molding integrated. so can i get the information regarding the minimum area, and minimum initial investment required. the place where i stay is urban with no such recycling plant. and what help i can get from government organization. Gulbarga, Karnataka, India. Plz help me .......
  • Dave moropa said on May 18, 2010
    i want to start a business in recycling, can you please help me on how to go about? i can collect bottles and glass material at my neighborhood even rubber and tyres. please help. I'm located in burgersfort(limpopo) not far from lydenburg and polokwane
  • Roy Riutta said on May 19, 2010
    I would like any information on starting a recycling business in the Detroit, Michigan area. Is there a recycling center in the area to bring recyclables to? I'd rather have my entire own business. I want to help save the environment and make money, and hopefully expand nationally and possibly internationally. Do schools need help re-cycling? My company throws out tons of paper and bottles. Can I start there by bringing recyclables to a center in Detroit area? Please help, I want to get started!!
  • Amrit Hans beginner adviser said on May 19, 2010
    UK - Worldwide. I represent a Social Enterprise Recycling Business. We are looking to set up small medium and large scale business of recycling. Please contact me if you would like to know how to or if you are already doing or have large quantities of waste that you need someone to look at recycling ethically then please email me. || Scrap Business Adviser

  • Frankki said on May 20, 2010
    For those who wanted to get their hands into recycling money and care for the environment, A book ( The Money Makers: Crisis & Opportunity) has been on sale at @ USD12.95. It covers four areas of recyclables in detail and coaching as to how to do it. These products are recycle papers, recycle scrap metals, used batteries and electronic waste.
  • plasco ltd said on May 27, 2010
    We have a lot of business developments regarding the environmental such as. We propose to you an environmental solution relative in general to plastic waste. Specially an investment for production of new products from recycling plastic waste. The products will be made from 100% recycled plastic and the same products recycled again. Why from plastics because plastics are not degraded and doesn’t absorbed for at least 400 – 500 years from the environmental. Some accessional advantages.
    We do not cut trees.
    We use renewable sources of energy.
    We do not pollute the environment with waste.
    We help in the maintenance of planet no CO2 production.
    We draw from environment the charge of plastic waste.
    Many new work positions. Export possibilities.
    100% green ecological industry.
    Many others benefits for the country.
    The total approximately cost of the investment is 20000000 to 25000000 €. we request financing serious investors. Dear sir we are at your disposal for further discussions and serious proposals other wise dont contact us. plasco ltd athens, greece
  • Omkar S said on June 2, 2010
    I am an investor from birmingham UK. Shortly starting up a Recycling Plant. Any tie up's or Joint Ventures are welcome. Contact me at With your Company name, Phone Number and what sort of turnover you are looking at. I'll get in touch shortly.
  • Rajendra said on June 5, 2010
    Looking for US based partner / joint venture for setting up of scrap export organization. To begin with for ferrous scrap
  • Bwalya said on June 9, 2010
    Paper Recycling / Supply of all paper products: Opportunity in Zambia - Serious offers invited to partner with local firm. The potential is immense!! Managing Director VMS Ltd, Lusaka Zambia
  • Justin Kim said on June 10, 2010
    I would like to start recycling business in Dallas, Texas or around the city of Dallas
  • Travis Vogtman said on June 11, 2010
    i am an experienced recyclers {scrapper}. i have no problem stock piling my scrap that i collect. i want to be the one who sells it to the smelter. here is my question. who buys scrap non-ferrous metals in large quantities? i want to cut out the middle man {recycle centers}. tired of getting half my money..thanks for any help
  • syed h zaidi said on June 11, 2010
    i want to know how to start state go green recycling business and how much money do i need i live in orange county
  • yessree said on June 16, 2010
    I would like to start a waste recycling business in bangalore, India. I have done some research on the technology and equipments but i would like to hear some suggestions from you. thanks for you help
  • Connor said on June 23, 2010
    I want to start a curb side pick up recycling business in Williamson Co. Tn, any helpful ideas would be great
  • Malik Kamal said on June 24, 2010
    Hi, i'm Malik Kamal live in Lahore, Pakistan. I want to start the recycling business of garbage, i think its a profitable business. But i don't have finance to start such kind of business. If any investor is interested, is most welcome. My contact detail is given bellow: +92301-4750165
  • Akintunde Akinsola said on June 24, 2010
    i really want to know who you should i talk recycling in my country will be very profitable and i will like to know if any investor will like to come around.
  • sanjay kumar said on June 30, 2010
    I Have a 3000sq ft commercial land in ranchi jwant to start a recycling business, but on a small scale. can you please tell me the names of manufacturing companies that sell compressing machines in india, number of workforce to employ, size of a truck to use and the prices they charge for plastic/ton/kiloharkhand india. i want to start recycling business
  • kamal beginner adviser said on July 12, 2010
    hi please contact me if you want to set up a waste plastic, or waste cardboard business in the uk

    Plastic Recycling Expert

  • jose ragiles said on July 16, 2010
    Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Where I am thinking of this recycling business. I have a family members that resides here. I want to assist them start this business. I can visualize the potential of this endeavor, please reply. thank you, Jose
  • Devotion Moloto said on July 21, 2010
    We have a land in Kimberly that has diamonds and we were able to get all the required documents, mining permit, geological report, etc. We are looking for an INVESTOR not someone that will buy us out. Anyone interested can contact me on 078 303 8919 or e-mail me.
  • Bhushan Sonawane said on August 4, 2010
    I want to start the electronics and cell phone recycle business in Nashik, Maharashtra, India. please guide me.
  • Ismyl said on August 8, 2010
    How do I locate a company that needs electronics waste products? Kindly assist.
  • Rick said on August 8, 2010
    I want to start a electronics recycling business in Wisconsin how do you get people to donate there stuff to you
  • Vaishali said on August 9, 2010
    Hi all, I want to start a paper recycling business in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India. Kindly help me How should I proceed?
  • APURBA said on August 17, 2010
  • LC said on August 21, 2010
    I would like to start a recycling business in Houston, TX any information and guidelines needed please.
  • van said on August 23, 2010
    Hello, i am looking to start a small scale cans and bottles redemption center in lowell massachusett. please help guide me toward the right startup process. thanks in advance
  • Pavan said on August 26, 2010
    I want to start a Plastic recycling business in India. Can any one help me what are the prerequisites to start this business. How much capital required to start this business.
  • venkat said on August 28, 2010
    hello, i am looking to start a small scale plastic bottles and containers recycling industry. please help me by your information and guidelines
  • Master Dludlu said on August 28, 2010
    hi all, i'm running a recycling business in South Africa, so in our business we need someone who may be able to buy a SKIPLOADER TRUCK that we may use to collect recyclable, refuse waste and rubble, we got enough customers for waste removal, currently we are spending too much on our Transport service providers, so we feel that its better if we get one person whom we may be in partnership with to provide a TRUCK FOR US. our Mobile:076 052 1969,only if you afford to by the TRUCK PLEASE....
  • adedapo sijuwade said on August 30, 2010
    I would like to set up a paper, plastic and paper recycling company in lagos and other cites in Nigeria but need information on setting up. Can u please provide me with detailed information on how to go about it or who to contact for this information and recycling companies who may be interested in a joint venture partnership.
  • Bob Stephens said on September 4, 2010
    Location is Atlanta Ga I have a dumpster company and need advice on how start my recycling business.
  • Carlos Mejia said on September 4, 2010
    I'm trying to start my own recycling business in houston texas, and was seeing if anyone have any information on what I need to do to get it started, Thank You.
  • samantha said on September 9, 2010
    i'm in matsapha, swaziland and i would like to start a textile recycling business. where in south africa can i sell my fabrics to for recycling?
  • Dennis Marco said on September 11, 2010
    is there anyone to help me start a recycling business in Indianapolis IN USA
  • ashwani kumar said on September 12, 2010
    how can i arrange funds to start recycle business, can i get help from local banks to start recycle business. Do indian banks provide any funds to such starters.
  • Terry Wells said on September 12, 2010
    I live in Raleigh, N.C. I would like to know the location of businesses in this area that pay for recycle materials and how to start this business.
  • Stan Battock said on September 15, 2010
    Hi - I'm looking to assist people interested in starting a small recycling company in their home regions of Africa. I work in collaboration with a Kenyan company to provide low end recycling solutions for interested people. I cannot arrange funding but may be able to point you in the direction for sourcing funds.
  • Roy Riutta said on September 16, 2010
    I want to start a recycling business. There is so much waste in the commercial sector. Paper, plastics, etc. I would like to pick up recycled products for a fee, and bring them to a recycle plant for a fee. Start small. and grow, grow, grow. I need investors or financing. Can someone help? Please help me save the planet and make make money at the same time. Contact ASAp Detroit, Mich. area
  • Jennifer Barnes said on September 16, 2010
    Me and my hubby are looking to start a small recycling business in the Washington, DC, Prince Georges, County, MD area. We would like to recycle plastic bottles, aluminum. How can we get this business started. We have very little capital.
  • Monica said on September 22, 2010
    Hi there I live in South Africa in Durban.I have almost a ton of fabric offcuts weekly and would like to sell this for recycling.Who can I sell this to?
  • Carolina Recycling said on October 2, 2010
    We are looking for serious investors for our recycling business. We recycle plastics, cardboard, mixed paper. We are looking into an electronics recycler and possibly metal. We are currently in need of location change and need help with money immediately! Have access to several good locations. We have good suppliers and buyers! We just need better facility and money to purchase, lease, or rent to start up in better place. Help!
  • dan patton said on October 6, 2010
    central oregon ,i would like to now if charging for this service would be ok can i store this stuff on my property until i get up and running is there an special license i'll need and are there grants or moneys out there to get started thanks dan patton


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