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Recycling Business From Home – Let’s Give It A Try

August 9th, 2008 · 20 Comments

This article is all about home based recycling business in details.

There is money in waste and the recycling business. That’s a little known secret that in times when rumors of recession are rampant, may just be useful to all of us. Recycling has been a consistent money-maker employing thousands of workers nationwide. Truth be known, it’s a multi-billion dollar industry.

What’s in it for you? Money, I should say, lots of it. If you’ve been practicing recycling out of a genuine concern for the environment, you’re a friend of the earth and may your tribe increase.

But hey, in these times of foreclosures and bank failures, wouldn’t it be cool to earn something from what you’ve already been consistently doing over the years.

Why not start a home-based recycling business?

Notwithstanding the fact that you’ll be handling stuff from your neighbors’ bins, it’s one of the best business propositions you’ll likely hear in a long time. Low start-up costs, minimal competition, high profit margin, and a practically unlimited supply of recyclable materials.

If you have a car or a truck then you have a built-in advantage already. You’re capable of covering a wider area within your neighborhood, community, or city. You may have to invest in a few recycling bins and free up some space in your garage, but that’s all the capital outlay you’ll ever need to get started.

Calculate first the number of recycling bins you’ll be needing in advance. This depends on the type of recyclable waste you’re going to focus on – old newspaper, cell phones, batteries, plastics, aluminum cans, etc. In a pinch, you can just use old cardboard boxes to store the junk. Start small, aim for the big time, and track all business-related expenses (gas, recycling bins, etc.). Warren Buffett’s advice applies even to small businessmen – “never lose money.”

Before you make your collection rounds, identify first the closest recycling depot where you can take the recyclable material in exchange for CASH. Or, if you’re focusing on electronics like cell phones, go online to find a cell phone recycling company you can ship your items to.

Actually, you don’t need to look any further. Pacebutler will pay you as much as $50 for each cell phone you ship to us. We’ll even pay for the shipping if you send at least 4 used phones in one shipment. Check out Pacebutler’s cell phone recycling program now.

Ok, enough plugging already. 🙂

After you’ve identified your recycler and made the necessary arrangements, locate the different collection points scattered throughout the city where people bring their recyclable items. These are the places you’ll be collecting your materials from on designated days. Develop contacts and friends, as you make your rounds. These are people who will help with your collection and help you locate strategic places where you can leave bins or containers for your collection effort.

Finally, think long-term and invest for the future growth of your recycling business. Essentially, this means you have to earmark a specific percentage of your revenues to be reinvested back into your business. Somewhere down the road, you can probably plow in capital to invest in recycling equipment so you can do the actual recycling yourself instead of bringing your material to another depot. And that could translate to more profit for you.

So, there you have it – your blueprint for a recycling business. Start one today. Earn while you help protect our environment. It’s an idea worth pursuing.

Tags: Recycling

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 What is Recycling - 7 Benefits of Recycling | Pacebutler Blog // Aug 9, 2008 at 3:08 am

    […] Recycling Business from Home, Let’s Give It A Try – There is money in waste. That’s a little known secret that in times when rumors of recession are rampant, may just be useful to all of us. […]

  • 2 Eco Environmentalist // Aug 20, 2008 at 11:23 am

    There is definitely money in waste. I recycle aluminum and pay half my bills with it. Call around you’d be surprised how many cans you can get.

  • 3 Dallas Web Design // Sep 11, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Starting a home recycling business is an interesting concept. I told my wife about the cell phone recycling program you have.

  • 4 Computer Recycling // Sep 18, 2008 at 10:41 am

    It’s not just an interesting proposition, but exactly how we started out recycling. We’re now a national company, with employees, a fleet of vans and plant for processing waste into raw materials.


  • 5 Ice Rabia // Sep 18, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Wow, a cellphone recycling business… I never heard of that before. It is really a great idea. But do you offer your services out of the US, specifically, Philippines? Thanks

  • 6 novated lease // Sep 20, 2008 at 1:44 am

    Home recycling business is an interesting concept.

  • 7 Cool Esteem // Sep 21, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    recycling certaintly seems to be a big thing nowadays, this might just be a good idea!

  • 8 Susan // Oct 3, 2008 at 4:48 am

    Hmm, very interesting article and even more interesting job. I really never thought of this kind of business, but as you have described, it could be profitable, as i guess competition is very low. I will surely look how it goes in my local town.

  • 9 Ian // Oct 4, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Hey, we must make way to spread the word…

  • 10 Kirk // Oct 16, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    i never thought of that, should feel odd at first but hey, times are tough!

  • 11 Freewareking // Nov 8, 2008 at 2:29 am

    I absolutely agree.We are all in crisis that’s why we really have to be resourceful and innovative in augmenting our family’s income.

  • 12 Senior Georgia // Nov 23, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    The local elementary school where my kids go recycles both cell phones and printer cartridges. They make about $3K per year to support school programs. It is a great way to recycle and help make up for the poor funding of our kids education.

  • 13 Recycling Business Looking Forward to Recovery | Pacebutler Blog // Jan 17, 2009 at 4:16 am

    […] when talks about recession was just getting to fever pitch, we wrote an article about starting a recycling business from home, and a lot of people responded positively. In November, however, the recyclables market […]

  • 14 Richard // Jan 17, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I would be very grateful if you can supply me some of your recycling computers and other electronic machines to sell them here for you. So for me to also be earning some form of commission.

    I have a large targeted group of people for such market.

    Counting on your maximum cooperation. Thank you.

    Yours faithfully,
    Adrigbatey Dzobi Richard

  • 15 Lee - Environment // Apr 13, 2009 at 12:46 am

    I think you have just given me a new idea for a business…now where did I put that old mobile :o)

    What I would like to know is how you can make money from having to pay $50 for an old worthless bit of metal? I can’t see how you could recycle any of the parts because surely, the technology in them is too old??

  • 16 Nursing Homes in Sussex // Jun 19, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Wow, amazing idea, I wonder if that’d work in UK too.

    Thanks for the post, imagine, theres so much garbage and so few people recycling.

  • 17 Mike Meuser // Sep 16, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Good information here. Thank you. Over the past decades I’ve focused mostly on electronic salvage, recycling and gold recovery from same. I was going to write and ebook about it and sell it but I recently decided to give the information away. I’m writing it in installments – every week or so. The first three are available at http://www.recyclingsecrets.com and http://recyclingsecrets.blogspot.com

    I think my information is a good compliment to what you have here.

  • 18 Michael // Sep 16, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks, Mike. Yes, I think so, too. Keep us posted on your progress with the ebook. Good luck.

  • 19 Zach - Train Horns Now // Nov 10, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Yeah, great idea. However, wouldn’t you need some serious storage space to do this? Based on the fact that you don’t get much for a few bags or cans, you would need some serious room to store enough to make a living. Or maybe I’m totally off here! 🙂

  • 20 outdoor fire pits // Nov 18, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    wow…. I’m amazed how big this business is. I was wondering why the city doesn’t pick up your trash unless you put out the recycling bins. They are making big money doing it. Thanks for your insightful posts.