Starting a Recycling business in south africa

What is recycling? Recycling is the process of recovering scrap or waste plastic and reprocessing the material into useful products.

What can you recycle?

  1. Tyres : Find out how you can start a Tyre recycling business in South Africa
  2. Batteries : Find out how you can start a Battery recycling business in South Africa
  3. METAL
    • Cold Drink and beer cans
    • Rusty cans can be recycled
    • Metal lids of glass jars
    • Food tins
    • Paint, oil and aerosol cans (leave labels on them so recyclers can see whether they contain hazardous material).
    • Aluminium cans (eg, Red Bull),  foil and foil packaging
  4. GLASS
    • Beverage bottles
    • Food jars such as tomato sauce, jam and mayonnaise bottles
  5. PAPER
    • White office paper
    • Magazines and books (as long as nothing is laminated)
    • Newspaper
    • Cardboard (boxes and cereal boxes).
    Plastics are made from oil, a non-renewable resource, and much of the plastic packaging we use every day is recyclable. Ice cream and milk containers, fabric softener bottles, plastic bags and even cling-wrap can all be recycled.

Planning for a Successful recycling business 

Find your niche. The recycling business is very competitive, and much of the competition is from large, established businesses. 

  • Market research will be absolutely essential! You must investigate what recycling businesses already exist in your area, where you will be able to sell materials and for how much, and how much volume exists in your area.

Budget. The amount of money that you will need to start your recycling business will vary greatly depending on what kind of operation you are planning to run. Other expenses might include:

  • Vehicles to haul recyclables
  • A space to store and/or sell recyclables
  • Machinery to process recyclables
  • Money to pay people for their recyclables
  • Wages for employees

Create a business plan.

All of the research that you have done to plan your business will come together in your business plan, which is a formal document that outlines how you will develop and run your business. Your business plan will help you stay on track as you move forward with starting your business, and it will also help potential lenders understand the viability of your business….read more


Where to get Funding

Business registration

How to register you business