At one place, there is a threat and catastrophe for the environment due to a continuous increase in the magnitude of plastic at a staggering rate. Global leaders are showing deep concern on this global munch and are trying to come up with the solution in various ways. The best way to cope with this problem is to Recycle plastic waste and make waste as a wealth. This article guides in 6 steps to start a Plastic Recycling Business.
People will spend their energy, time, or money only when they can make a profit out of it. Once the Director-General of WWF Marco Lambertini said, “The wasteful & greedy nature of our consumerism has made plastic become a threat to the natural environment, our health and our society. We must reduce, recycle & substitute!”
Every business makes an effort to minimize its risk and maximize profit and to earn a profit is the ultimate goal of any business entity.
Recycling of plastic will not only help to reshape and clean the environment and to form the circular economy, but you can earn a damn good amount of money because it has an immense opportunity with least risk.
In this article, there is a step by step complete process of how to start a Plastic recycling business in meagre investment.
Steps Involved to Start a Plastic Recycling Busines:
1. Market Research:
If you are new to any business, research your market thoroughly. Divide your research in primary and secondary. For secondary research, read reports, articles, research paper and analyze data. Note down its feasibility, pros and cons on paper.
Allocate your budget for primary research. Visit existing recycling business plants, prepare questionnaires, meet consultants and clear your doubts. During your research, you will know the types of plastic, and it’s selling price and market which are mentioned below.
|PVC||Polyvinyl Chloride||Not really|
|LDPE||Low-Density Polyethylene||Not Really|
|PS||Polystyrene or Styrofoam||No|
To Start a Plastic Recycling Business in Low Investment, you must be aware of the sourcing point of raw materials and scrap and point of sale after recycling. Try to contact with a municipality, Kabadiwala and ragpickers who can help you in getting Raw Materials.
Document and record all your information, contact numbers, details in an excel and word format during research. This will give you the exact idea, market feasibility, competition, opportunities and challenges in the plastic recycling business.
2. Prepare Business Plan:
Make a detailed project report which must consist of sourcing, funding, location, selling via online/offline, marketing, branding, promotion and sources of revenue.
Contact Kabadiwala, form an organized team of ragpickers, establish recycling bins in railway stations, educational institutions, bus stand, airport, and in the societies. Establish 2-3 collection centres in cities where the significant city population can dump their waste, and you can collect easily. Contact municipality and source scrap from there in the low cost, i.e., (1-3)Rs/kg.
Ready your market plan to start a plastic recycling business in terms of promotion, awareness, brand and sell. Contact NGO, volunteers and create an online presence where you show your social participation. Allocate the budget for each operation and divide it in fixed and variable cost for labour, machinery, land, electricity, raw material, marketing, logistics, bank EMI etc.
Prepare a transparent and straightforward payment mode by signing a letter of credit or likewise. Don’t get entangled with money. If you want to win, never lose your money.
Decide your market to sell with a niche. Either you want to export or sell to corporates of domestic companies. Must understand your sales funnel, purchase funnel and marketing funnel.
3. Identify Location and Get License:
Now you are mentality set and prepared to start a plastic recycling business. Now in this step, you need to decide your business location. Since location is crucial for any business, so identify it in the best possible manner.
Location and License:
The best location for your business will be an industrial area or government land and outside the busy area, where you can take a lease for 15-25 years and rent on a monthly basis( ideally 20,000 Rs for 500 Sq. M). The reason for the recommendation of this location is you can connect with more industries where your sale will be easier. Secondly, you will get a continuous supply of electricity, water and transportation to run recycling plant smoothly.
Now get your license done by regularity bodies, environment and other local or government bodies. You will not face more bureaucratic red tape because the government is promoting this business with great concerned.
You will get the tax benefits for 3 years and can take loan up to 2 Cr without putting any collateral in the bank as this business falls under SMEs and Manufacturing sector.
4. Machinery and Equipment:
If you want to make the entire operation smooth and increase production, then the choice of machinery and equipment’s are significant. Search the best machines in the market by online or offline sources, check the electricity consumption and production capacity. Scrutinize it, take feedback then make a decision.
In a primary plant, for the best machinery and equipment, the prices are listed below:
- The grinder would cost you Rs 80000
- Anglo would cost you around Rs 80000
- And the granule maker would cost you Rs 9 lakhs including granule cutter.
- For electricity connection, you will have to pay 2 to 3 lakhs.
- The building construction would cost you around 8 to 10 lakhs.
- For boring, 20 to 50 thousand depending on the water level.
- You will have to take permission from the pollution control board for which they will take some fee.
- And weighing machine, sack stitcher, etc. for 20000 and some other expenses.
(Note- it does not include land, which is an essential factor, it depends on you that you take land on lease or buy it also of what price it is.)
Thus overall it would cost you around 25 lakhs. You can buy on EMI basis, As far as transportation is concerned, don’t block your capital, if you have limited funding. Rent vehicle.
5. Value Chain:
If you want to start a plastic recycling business in low investment or in a high investment, you have to have a clear understanding of Value Chain for the entire business. It minimizes your risk and clears your objectives and priorities.
In this image, the entire value chain is mentioned with details.
From a sourcing point of view, you can form an organized team of ragpickers and collect the waste in (5-7)Rs only. It will minimize your cost. If you want to collect from waste collectors, it will cost (14-15) Rs, and after converting it into granules, you can quickly sell from (85-115) Rs. Your operation cost will be 15%, transportation and other expenses will be 10% more, but still, you are making a 35% profit.
6. Sources of Revenue and Conclusion:
While starting a plastic recycling business, if you can generate various sources for your revenue, then it will multiply your profit and scale your business soon to the next level.
You can divide sources of revenue into two parts;
a) Core Products such as granules, new innovative or existing products
b) Convert it into energy and power, i.e., fuels and gases
a) Social Media Channels by videos, blogs and other publications
b) Organizing Events, Social activities and getting money from sponsors
The selling price of different type of plastics in the market is mentioned in detail after conducting insightful primary research. It will give you a brief of entire product segment; it’s demand and price in the market.
|Type of Granules||Selling Price||Recommendation|
|white PPCP Granules||80-100||yes|
|PP Raffia Granules||40-120||no|
|natural polypropylene granules||76-85||no|
|PP black granules||45-60||no|
|Reprocessed plastic granules||54-80||no|
|ABS Plastic granules||45-110||Yes|
|PVC Plastic granules||70-120||Yes|
|HD Plastic granules||60-100||yES|
|white plastic granules||45-80||yes|
|black plastic granules||68-130||No|
|natural LD plastic granules||60-80||No|
|yellow recycled plastic granules||90-150||No|
|yellow reprocessed ABS Plastic granules||80-133||no|
|black reprocessed ABS Plastic granules||57-90||no|
|HDPE plastic granules||60-120||yes|
|plastic semi-fresh granules||69-90||no|
|HIPS Plastic reprocessed granules||80-120||Yes|
|LDPE Recycled plastic granules||35-80||yes|
If you put all the revenue sources together, you will make a profit of at least (16-22) %. With your online presence and by conducting social events and activities, a company can establish a sharp brand image and earn a considerable profit as well. You can expect your ROI in just two years. So these are the essential guidelines to those who want to start a plastic recycling business in low investment or high investment.
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21 thoughts on “Plastic Recycling Business: How to Start in Low Investment”
What type of licenses are required please explain in detail.
Since by getting into this business, you are helping the environment. Hence you will not face much bureaucratic red tape. It is a government-supported business model.
What you all need to do is; 1) Register the Business with the State
2) Apply for a Business Tax Identification Number which is now GST
3) Take Electricity connection and approval
सर मैं छोटे से स्तर पर करना चाहता हूं रिंगटोन मुझे इसकी लाइसेंस के विषय में जानकारी नहीं है इस उद्योग को के लिए किस प्रकार के लाइसेंस की आवश्यकता होती है कृपा कर विस्तार से बताएं किस प्रकार से पंजीयन होता है मिलता है और किस-किस केटेगरी में आता है समझाने का प्रयास करें धन्यवाद
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please help me i want to start business what are the government formality are to be complete please guide how to start a business have huge interest in plastic recycling business because its has huge potential for future , waste will increase with your going lifestyle and scrap and recycling business is what which will never stop and have recession , just want your help understand it properly to start
Thank you for the information.Can I get any training on this.
You can get a complete guide and other details from us. As far as training is concerned, it can be done in a plastic recycling plant/company. You can attend various workshops on plastic recycling or even you can work in any plastic recycling firm as an intern or employee for a few months or years to get a better understanding of the whole operation and business.
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Hi , sir gone through your article its really helpful , but i m a freshy and dont know any thing about this industry but i have huge interest in plastic recycling business because its has huge potential for future , waste wil increase with your going lifestyle and scrap and recycling business is what which will never stop and have recession , just want your help understand it properly to start , though i have less investment i dont want to waste or loss it any ever , I’ll will we very great if can guide me
sir, i read your article and i am very thankfull to you, i am interested in this plastic waste management business. can you help me iam not much aware of this busniess but im keen to gain the knowledge of this. i am from bareilly u.p -243001
Dear Mr. Sachindra Singh,
At the outset, I am very grateful to you for the Article you have on Plastic Recycling Business. It was very much encouraging to me and really helpful. I am very much interested in the Plastic waste management business. I am not that much aware about the business but at the same time I am keen to start and gain knowledge of this. I have my own land In Gujarat, where I can start the said operation. I want to know Cost of Investment and from where I can get the Machinery.
Especially, can you pl provide details about what are the products we can make after recycling of plastic. Where the Machinery is available. Only recycling material is marketable or I have to make different products to generate revenue.
Once again thank you.
Sir i want to start a business of selling organic veggies but don’t know from where to import. Pls help how to start
Buy directly to the farmers at the cheapest price and then sell in the national or international market. This way you can turn around your organic business. Always remember if the goods are perishable, then your procurement and SCM should be robust.
If you want more detail you can drop us an email, our team will help you with their best.
Wishing you all the best!
Hi I’m an environmentalist and would surely like to start a plastic recycling project plz if you could guide me for the same.
email us with your queries! We would be glad to help you out.
I need your help to start recycling plastic plan
Thank you for the advice, where are you located in Canada or the USA? Different laws in different countries. I am very interested in the business of plastic recycling in including my family concern about environmental issues. Please ket me know how to get in touch with your company and you are not talking in dollars….so I don’t know what you mean by lakhs..Cristina
I want to start plastic recycling business, I want complete information and guidance. With project report for initial guidance and knowledge.
Excellent idea of Plastic Recycling business. And thanks a lot for the detailed insight into this. Just 2 queries. 1. Large PET bottle consumers like Coca cola, PepsiCo, etc, do they get RECYCLED bottles for their Mineral water/Softdrinks, etc or most of the bottles are PRESSURE WASHED and Reused. If so, what are the percentages???.
2. Secondly, please let me know any such Plastic Recycling units/plants in and around Hyderabad or Telangana, for physical visit and take up a Manager job in those units. Thanks n regards.
please help me i want to start business what are the government formality are to be complete please guide how to start a business have huge interest in plastic recycling business because its has huge potential for future , waste will increase with your going lifestyle and scrap and recycling business is what which will never stop and have recession , just want your help understand it properly to start…
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would u tell me about the setup material of the recycling plastic unit. what are the basic things which i required in the unit?
Thanks for your information in would like to know more about this. And I wanted to start in Kerala .So I am requesting your more support to get full details about the project and whAt are the support will get it from Government as