How to Start an Aluminum Can Recycling Business

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Recycling is not only a method to helping the environment. It's also a concept for which some business models have been built upon. Aluminum can recycling is one of the best known methods for recycling. You might have even collected cans as a child during the summer. Expand the concept into a full-fledged business. Start an aluminum can recycling business.

Aluminum Can Recycling Business Start-Up Guide

Select a legal entity for the business. Register a fictitious business name if you plan to work the business from home. Submit articles of organization for partnerships or limited liability companies. Get a lawyer to draw up articles of incorporation for corporate entities.

Profile your customer demographics. Locate the areas that are already served by other recyclers. Plan several potential collection routes.

Locate recycling processors that will purchase the aluminum from you. Look in the phone book. Check in the Chamber of Commerce business directory.

Link up with environmental communities online. Explain your business model and the need for your services in the area. Create a report that supports your justification for starting the business. Request that private lenders invest in your business.

Pick up auto sales publications. Find a vehicle that you can use to pick up your collections on your scheduled days.

Buy a can compactor to reduce the amount of space that aluminum cans can take up.

Get help with your delivery routes. To hire full-time employees or contractors your state may require you to purchase workers compensation insurance. Check the state laws.

Find establishments to partner with along your projected routes. California's CalRecycle program guide states, “you may target bars, restaurants, and hotels as sources of large quantities of CRV beverage containers that were purchased in California. In addition, recreational areas, such as city parks or sports events, may also be a good source for beverage containers.”

Create a community newsletter to encourage residents along your route to get involved. Publish the newsletter at least once a month.

About the Author

Sam Williams has been a marketing specialist and ad writer since 1995. He has been published in magazines such as "Reaching Out" and "Spa Search." He served in various sales and marketing positions with major corporations such as American Express, Home Depot and Wells Fargo. Williams studied English at Morehouse College.

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