Starting a Plastic Recycling Business

Starting a plastic recycling business is not at all a child’s play. You need to think of starting this business only if you have the required experience in the same.

What you need to know about plastic recycling business is that this business involves the collection, sorting and recycling of plastic waste material.

Opening a plastic recycling business means you need to be engaged in the work from collecting scraps, selling it to the consolidator for processing and much more. It is one of the most serious businesses and thereby demands a lot of investment.

The best aspect is that it is considered to be a very lucrative business keeping in view the demand for ‘green businesses’. It is important that you begin the work after getting the required machines for plastic recycling. Plastics that can be easily recycled are the thermo plastics which easily get softened on heating. On the other hand thermosetting plastics are not fit for getting heated since they get hardened upon heating. So when you begin the business you are going to be mainly concerned with the thermoplastics.

Benefits of Plastic Recycling

It will help in reducing the green house gas emissions and thereby help in saving energy. It helps to save oil and gas. It will also provide livelihood to a large number of people.
For starting the business you need to know who is going to supply you the scrap plastic which you will be recycling. You should also know about the thickness of the plastic, whether it will be wet or dry, which type of thermoplastic they will be providing you. Also, discuss beforehand about the prices which they will charge for the same.

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It is important that the area for setting up the business is in the remote parts and not one where there is large population settled. It should have access to water treatment system. You will be dealing with a lot of dirt so you should protect yourself and your workers from running the risk of getting any major disease.

The average cost per tonne may range from $40-$60. But it requires a very heavy investment of around $1.5Million to set up the factory and get the required machinery. But you can expect a net profit of around $2 million in just the very first year.

Machinery needed for recycling

Since it is a large business so you need to have a lot of machinery to make the business run smoothly. Also for every step of recycling various types of machineries will be required. These may include- Bales Breaker, Metal Detectors and Separator, Shredders and Granulators, Pre washing systems, rinse dryers and a lot many other types of machinery. So you can now know it is not going to be easy for you and you should have a large capital before stepping in this business.

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554 Comments

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    Where can i can see this running project ? javed. Ahmedbad, Gujarat. INDIA
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    I want to know the project cost details..and from where I can get the machinery and any running business...Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India
  • debalina sikdar said on August 30, 2010
    I want to know the project cost details on plastics recycling..and from where I can get the machinery in india....kolkata, west bengal India
  • shrikant said on September 21, 2010
    hi, i am shrikant from Pune working with one metal manufacturing company as sales & marketing executive from last 1-2 years. now i want to start my own business which will give me my own identity. so let me know about this plastic recycling process. estimate cost for total establishment? market for this business?
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  • Hammad said on December 27, 2010
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  • SANDEEP PRASAD said on January 16, 2011
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  • baldevbiswal said on February 1, 2011
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  • BHUPINDER said on February 16, 2011
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  • subhash said on February 20, 2011
    Hi, i want to start my own plastic recycling company. how much much money i have to spend before staring the business and what is the basic requirement.
  • Vishnu said on March 6, 2011
    I have a plastic recycling unit in jamshedpur, jharkhand ,India.Its laid around 15000 sqft with two sheds. We have plastic fill machines, Dana Machine/extruder (3). aglo machine with high tension facility and an established customer and vendor of plastic raw material supplier. I am interested in selling my entire unit in correct hands to the person already involved in the same plastic recycling business. If any one interest
  • james said on April 26, 2011
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  • Tirthankar Kanjilal said on November 6, 2011
    We want to start a plastic recycling business based out of Kolkata. Could you please give us an idea on the requirements of the pet granules and the buyers in West Bengal. Also some idea on the same in some of the other states in India would be appreciated. Regards
  • hadpe mahesh said on November 7, 2011
    hi i am mahesh from maharashtra i want to start my new project of plastic bottel crushing and recycling so how could i get cost of detail project how to search market of second hand machineries?
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  • Abdulla said on April 12, 2012
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  • vishal said on April 28, 2012
    hello i'm vishal i just want to start an plastic pet bottle in delhi can you tel me which is the most suitable place and how much capital required in the business.
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    hi ...i want to start business in plastic recycle with plastic bags please can u tell tell me about it. how much cost need for it or how i can start this project ? thanks
  • shaik riyas said on April 30, 2012
    Hi, I am from Palakkad, Kerala and I would like to set up a plastic recycling factory, could you please tell me what are the machineries I may require in the initial stage and how much it will cost? Shaik Riyas.
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  • Albert said on July 7, 2012
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  • Sameer Jain said on July 13, 2012
    I want to start plastic recycling unit. could you please share the financial and technical aspect to setup a small scale industry. sameer Jain chhattisgarh
  • venkatesh said on July 16, 2012
    what are the tax benefits and other benefits like electricity , subsidies on investment for plastic recycling industry?
  • gvk naidu said on July 24, 2012
    i want to know that how to start small scale industry(plastic) in andhra pradesh could you please tell me how can i get machinery, how much amount will be spend on this & loans and subsidies is available or not, what is marketing position please clarify.
  • khalid said on July 30, 2012
    hi am from Saudia Arabia i need your help to start plastic recycling and i have the license form Saudi government. can you contact me through me email please. thank you khalid
  • Cosmicus said on August 2, 2012
    i am looking to start a plastic recycling business in nigeria. i would like to know the requirements for the business. financial (cost of equipment from india - used), technical requirements possible end products. cosmicvib@gmail.com
  • Rohan said on August 7, 2012
    sir i am from nanded maharashtra B-tech plastics & polymer & i want to start plastic film business also interested to buy plastic bottle manufacturing so, what will be total (range)cost of machineries. awasthirohan24@yahoo.com
  • sunil said on August 9, 2012
    i want to know that how to start small scale industry(plastic) in andhra pradesh could you please tell me how can i get machinery, how much amount will be spend on this & loans and subsidies is available or not, what is marketing position please clarify. and i would like to know total list of machinery for a small scale industry
  • steve said on August 9, 2012
    Hi. Interested to get to know how to start up this business in Europe. Have solid finances to get started but cant make calculations as i lack info. Would appreciate help. Best regards. Steve.
  • Abdul said on August 13, 2012
    Hi , I am from oman, and we have a lot of this plastic waste and this business isn't regulated yet and there is a lot of opportunities here. I am interested to start this business and I am looking for partners who are experienced. To export from Oman is very easy due to the country location and I assume the capital can be break even in the first year. Please let me know if your interested. Thanks
  • Deepak Kumar Nayak said on August 15, 2012
    Kindly advice where I will get natural grade LDPE/LLDPE Scrap in and around of Odisha, Pl. call me at 9437012854.
  • Shashi said on August 15, 2012
    hi, i am from kolkata (West Bengal). I am looking to start a plastic recycling business in West bengal. i would like to know the requirements for the business. financial (cost of equipment from india - used), technical requirements possible end products. how much amount will be spend on this & loans and subsidies is available or not, what is marketing position please clarify. please contact me with my email id (cool.shashi9@gmail.com).
  • Swapnil Korgaonkar said on August 23, 2012
    Hello, I want to start plastic crushing and shredding unit at Goa, please give information about machinery, buyers of crushed/shredded plastic, and total investment required. My email id- korgaonkar19@gmail.com Mob- 7798102520
  • Gerhard said on August 30, 2012
    I do have a recycling business I am looking for an investor to invest in my company. Please contact me if you know anyone. Gerhard 0825572281
  • Ankur patel said on September 3, 2012
    Hi From -modasa gujarat. I want to know about aluminum recycle process plant. how much the cost of plant . What is the capital I have required for invest in plant.
  • adesh kasurde said on September 3, 2012
    hi i'm adesh kasurde from talegaon maharashtra i want to start a Business of plastic recycling for that i want to know about plastic recycling & the project cost details of plastics recycling & total investment required.
  • madhuri said on September 7, 2012
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  • Srinivasa Rao said on September 11, 2012
    Hi, I want a detailed report on plastic recycling unit. Could any one pls. share the report. Any one who have experience in this industry can share there views and opinions. My email ID: cherukusrinu@gmail.com
  • Rahul singh said on September 13, 2012
    hello sir, i want to know about the aluminum recycle and plastic recycling plant and what is the investment cost for both works. And also Where can i can see this running project and plant
  • alok said on September 19, 2012
    what would be the capital required to start a plastic recycle plant. plz assist.
  • krishna said on September 19, 2012
    hi i want to start plastic recycling plant. my project location is ongole. please give me the entire project report and also tell me how to marketing this recycling products
  • Sushanth said on September 19, 2012
    I just want to collect the plastics and shred it and sell in the market. 1. what would be the capacity and cost of a shredder for a good market production and sales as per current demand. 2. what type of plastics i must collect and segregate if my target market is crude oil, fuel, carbon, road construction etc....any thing generic sales. pl email. 3. overall cost of project as above.
  • seikh hassim said on September 20, 2012
    sir i have approx 7 lacks used plastic cement bags, now we decided to cut very small pcs like sand type now we know where can we sell this product and what the price of 1 kilogram in near by siliguri or kolkata, delhi, this siad items in siliguri, (dist,darjeeling) west bengal, india my no +919474922639 'or' +919933422933
  • haneefa said on September 22, 2012
    sir..my name is haneefa..i want to start plastic recycling plant my project location is kasargog kerala india. plz give me the entire project report and also how to market this recycling product...
  • Harish said on September 22, 2012
    sir, i wanted to know how much area is required to start a plastic granule manufacturing unit. my questions are
    a) cost of machine?
    b) number of operator required for the machine.
    c) capacity of machine
    d) rough area required for the unit manufacturing business to run. minimum area for the unit for a small/ medium scale.
    regards, amit
  • Senthil said on September 24, 2012
    Hi Sir, I am interested in this project. Please give me more information about how many acres are required, manpower required and buyers. Please let me know if we can talk regarding this over the phone.
  • alexander said on September 27, 2012
    My plastic recycle company in malaysia(sarawak kuching) where by i export to china n west malaysia. due to company grow and output n also supplier. i would like to extend to platelitize machine, due to that i am looking partner or investor to build the business. kindly contact +0168792066 alex.thkq
  • Laxminarayan Goud said on September 28, 2012
    Hi, i wanna start plastic recycling business, how much investment needed for this project and how much place needed for it.
  • sonnet varkey said on September 29, 2012
    i like to know about recycled plastic materials(PE) market.
  • Gayathri said on September 30, 2012
    Hello, I have completed my M.Sc in biotechnology in 2012 and wanted to start Recycling. I am member of Eco club while I was in college and would like to continue in the same path. I am thinking of Plastic Recycling. Can you help me how I should proceed? What do I need? I am a starter and please explain every detail. Thanks & Regards, Gayathri
  • P.Venkatesan said on September 30, 2012
    I am looking for complete set of machinery for electronic recycling machines and plan to setup in tamilnadu. Kindly please quote prices for the same.
  • rahul said on September 30, 2012
    nagpur city i want to complete details related to plastic recycling plant(investment,space req., machinaries etc) please send as early as possible. thanks rahul
  • Vihan Asanga said on October 4, 2012
    I thank you for the given consideration, please send me the needful information and the related cost and the machines what we want to start this business. we already decide to start this business. Thank you very much, yours sincerely, Vihan Asanga
  • Rajendra Pandhare said on October 4, 2012
    Hi Sir, I am Rajendra Pandhare ,Nashik, Maharashtra, India. sir, Please help and send me for manufacturing company lowest rate quotation of m.s.turning scrap, copper scrap, brass scrap, alluminum scrap, plastic scrap,steel other scrap details, require quantity is various tons. And contact me for other persons. and other send details. please send details very very urgently, thanking you! please sir, send details all in my mail id my mobile no.08605357269
  • etibassey said on October 5, 2012
    I need a knowledgeable person in plastic recycling business on contract to train my staffs in practical plastic recycling, should you have anybody, pls reply as quickly as possible. etimbuk, Nigeria. thanks
  • Sagar K.Parmar said on October 9, 2012
    Is there any subsidary rule for this recycling business? Please let me know...
  • micheal selvam said on October 12, 2012
    Hi, i wanna start plastic recycling business, how much investment needed for this project and how much place needed for it i also wanted to know how much area is required to start a plastic granule manufacturing unit. my questions are a) cost of machine? b) number of operator required for the machine. c) capacity of machine d) rough area required for the unit manufacturing business to run. minimum area for the unit for a small/ medium scale plz reply me.mail id: michealselvam5@gmail.com
  • Washim Mallick said on October 13, 2012
    I want to set up this business in Bengal near Kalna in Burdwan district.
  • Ramzan said on October 15, 2012
    Dear, we are traders based in Dubai, trading in scrap of Plastic, Aluminum, Rubber & HMS for any further details/inquiry please revert on ramzansmix@yahoo.com contact No.+971 50 4820851
  • J Beena said on October 16, 2012
    We would like to start a Plastic recycling business. Request you to pl let me know the costing and where do we source for machinery. I have 16 yrs of work experience, of which 8yrs in telecom and the rest in Printing industry. We are located in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu.
  • pandiyan said on October 19, 2012
    Sir, i would like to start plastic recycling plant near tirunelveli - Tamilnadu, India. My project plan is as follows
    Phase 1 - Using waste plastic bottle as raw material making granules.
    Phase 2 - go for film ext ruder.
    Kindly help me for project calculation. What is minimum capacity of plant which will be viable
  • B B Pattanaik said on October 20, 2012
    I've been working with a Co. manufacturing Polyethylene bags/packets for plants & seedlings in Nursery as well as Govt. Forestry. As the Co. is unable to produce against the order collected, I want to procure it from the local market in Orissa & Kolkata. Please let me know the address/Email/Tele No. of the producers. Also let me know the procedure to start a Small Trading Business for the said item above. With regards & thanks waiting for your early response. B B Pattanaik, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
  • alfred battle said on October 22, 2012
    I want to know the project cost details and where i can get the machinery. AB
  • Micah Chukky said on October 23, 2012
    I am a Young entrepreneur who is about venturing into recycing of plastic bottles and I have read books, journals about it including yours. I would crave your indulgence if more details about this recycling business is given to me and also were to purchase these equipments for the accomplishment of it ie were cheaper equipment can be bought. My Company is located @ Delta State, Nigeria.
  • smita toppo said on October 26, 2012
    Sir, my company wants to install a plastic recycling plant with 1800MT per annum, using HDPE, LLDPE and pvc plastics to manufacture plastic granules. Can you please let me know the machinery required with operating cost, manpower required and all the necessary details.
  • LEE said on October 26, 2012
    For sale recycled manufacturing business in Malaysia .500 ton per month capacity .Min Investment 2.5 million usd
  • vinay said on October 27, 2012
    i want to start this business so i want to know about investment , profits , risk , and advantages. my contact number 9962663177
  • amit said on October 28, 2012
    I am from hubli. I want to know more about plastic industry. Please help me.
  • patel abhishek said on October 28, 2012
    i am Patel abhishek from anand at Gujarat in India. actually am student of E&C Engg But at small age i interested in plastic recycling so plz give me how can i invest and how much?
  • VIJAI BHASKAR expert adviser said on November 4, 2012

    @patel abhishek, you can read my comment #508 on http://www.startupbizhub.com/starting-a-plastic-manufacturing-plant-comment-page-5.htm

    @smita toppo, @B B Pattanaik, @vinay, you can check my previous answers here.

    vijaibhaskar@gmail.com || Plastic Manufacturing Consultant

  • ravi kumar said on November 11, 2012
    Hi, i have already decided to start for pet bottle & jar manufacturing company. please guide me abut business plan & targeting market. i want to start recycle of pet bottle Jar so please give me idea abut this. especially budget & machine cost. thanks.
  • srinibas said on November 15, 2012
    start my own business in balasore plastic recycling plant .i want distributor to sale recycling pp granule .
  • Yared Teshome said on November 20, 2012
    I want to start waste recycle project, could you advice me how much it cost and where did i find? Highly appreciate
  • Camille McColl said on November 20, 2012
    South Carolina. Looking to start recycling for profit with plastic and etc. Do not have any machinery. I am looking for facts and figures on financial benefits of recycling. 8034458142
  • Nikhith said on November 21, 2012
    Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, 533101, India. I want to start a new recycling plant in my city please provide me at least a few details about this. I want to know initial amount required. and also machinery details... plzz plzz plzz.. I dnt have machinery also... Contact no. 8686214449
  • Xitiz Rana said on November 25, 2012
    Sir I want to set up a small scale Plastic recycling plant in Delhi . I want to know what would be the expected cost & profit per year... What will be the total investment to start up a small scale plant.. Any one have idea regarding this please mail me at rana.xitiz@gmail.com Or call me at 9990178102..
  • Yuvraj Sihngh said on November 25, 2012
    I want to know about the technical & financial aspects of this project, cost estimation of plant & machinery, situated market & market size and list of end products from input. I am from India, don't have strong financial conditions, but want to know about this, finance will be provided by banks. waiting for your response.
  • Stuart beginner adviser said on November 25, 2012

    @smita toppo, Please contact me directly, where are you located?

    stuart.delacy@igniteautomation.com || Recycling Business Consultant

  • patel mayank said on November 27, 2012
    I am mayank patel from anand. Gujarat i interested in plastic recycling so i want to know about investment and other information
  • Stuart beginner adviser said on December 2, 2012
    @Abdul I have some information that would b useful to you regarding plastic recycling in Oman. we have already done some work there. Please contact me for further information.

    stuart.delacy@igniteautomation.com || Recycling Business Consultant

  • Stuart beginner adviser said on December 2, 2012

    @steve, We have a lot of information about the industry in Europe. what area exactly do you wish to investigate?

    stuart.delacy@igniteautomation.com || Recycling Business Consultant

  • Tej said on December 9, 2012
    Sir I want to set up a small scale PET recycling plant in Delhi . I want to know what would be the expected set up cost of the plant. Any one have idea regarding this please mail me at tejinderkaur0@gmail.com
  • shiferaw said on December 10, 2012
    I need to establish my own plastic recycling business it is Addis Ababa but I am afraid can I afford it the initial capital. shiferaw

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