Category: Recycling Business

Start a Refurbishing Business

Refurbishing or refurbishment in general terms means  to renew, restore, re-equip or renovate to a new condition and/or appearance. This can be both a product (buying goods, refurnishing and reselling) or a service business (offer refurbishing as a service with re-upholstery being a common example of this). Last time I spoke about choosing a business idea I said choose a category. This is just one of that. South Africa’s cost of living has increased way above […]

Start a Catalytic Converter Recycling Business

Today we look at a business that has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in recent times: the catalytic converter recycling business. But what is a catalytic converter and why has it been in such demand lately?  What is a catalytic converter? A catalytic converter is an exhaust emission control device that converts toxic gases and pollutants in exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine into less-toxic pollutants. Why is it in such demand […]

Recycle Plastic Bottles Into Rope That Can Be Resold

We like to promote businesses that can be started with as little money as possible, and one of the ways to start a business with little capital is to keep your cost down making use of recycling as a source of materials. The plastic bottle cutter allows you to make strong rope that can be resold, using plastic bottles such as 2l Coke bottles, Jive bottles, Appletiser bottles and even plastic milk bottles. The rope can be […]

Plastic Recycling Business UPDATE

Veteran readers will remember that I covered plastic recycling in some detail just over a year ago. Here is an update based on the progress of the Precious Plastic project probably the cheapest way small businesses can get into plastic recycling. Primer You have to read: Start a Plastic Recycling Company to get context and get up to speed. This update exclusively covers the Precious Plastic model. Biggest changes in the Precious Plastic project Last […]

Start a Plastic Recycling Company

Plastic recycling is the process of recovering scrap or waste plastic and reprocessing it into either a raw material or product that can be resold. Plastic recycling is one of the few recycling businesses that small businesses can get into where they can operate across the entire recycling cycle (collect, processing and manufacturing into new products). How is plastic recycled Collection The plastic is collected, sorted and cleaned. Processing The plastic is then shredded into […]

Start a Paper Recycling Business

Over 1.3 billion kilograms – this is how much paper South Africa recycles every year. Our country’s paper recycling rate is around 70%. This is a big number. This overview will help you get some ideas on starting your own paper and cardboard recycling business. Getting Started Paper and cardboard are some of the largest sources of waste in South Africa. This means, there is plenty of raw materials to work with. Paper recycling is not […]

Start a E-Waste Recycling Company

An e-waste recycling company is a company that purchases obsolete electronic devices from the public, recycle e-waste and extract precious metals from it which are subsequently sold to companies that create new devices. This idea is about becoming a part of this precious metals’ circulation. Market Need Electronic waste contains a certain amount of precious metals, which can be used again. But more importantly, it contains toxic substances that can cause environmental pollution. Recycling of […]

Start a Tyre to Oil Plant

I’ve looked at the various business opportunities in the tyre recycling industry before. Today I’ll cover something different – the waste tyre to fuel oil recycling plant. How tyre to oil plants work Tyre to oil uses a process called pyrolysis this can be done in large industrial machines but can also be done DIY especially in rural areas like the video below: How to get started Any tyre recycling business requires a lot of […]

Recycling Business Ideas

A business model based on or around recycling can be started with little capital as the product is essentially waste and can be acquired for cheap or even free. You might be thinking “this is not really something that I like”. But if you have no capital you might not have a choice: no bank is going to lend you money when you don’t have existing income or assets to put up as collateral. A […]

Recycling Business Opportunities in South Africa

A recycling business is a business that you can start with very little if any capital as the majority of the raw materials needed are waste. There are also bigger opportunities for those with more capital such as processing plants. Recycling Small Business Opportunities Recycling businesses that you can start with little capital include: Collect and Recycle Tins and Cans Make and Sell Drinking Glasses Made From Bottles Make and Sell Leather Cord / String […]

Water Hyacinth Business Opportunities

With the Hartbeespoort Dam plagued by the dreaded water hyacinth we look at ways to monetise this plant in a country with high unemployment and where access to finance for entrepreneurs without existing assets or revenue is virtually nonexistent. What is water hyacinth? Water hyacinth is an aquatic plant native to the Amazon basin, and is often a highly problematic invasive species outside its native range which has a negative impact on aquatic ecosystems. It […]

Tyre Recycling

Recycling tyres is the process of recycling vehicle tyres that are no longer suitable for use on vehicles due to wear or damage, there are various ways to start a business and make money in this industry. Collecting tyres This involves the collecting and selling of tyres to the collection point or recycler. Even though Khoi Capital is all about small business, I do not consider this part of the chain to be a viable […]

Collect and Recycle Aluminum

Not too long ago I discussed collecting and recycling beverage cans and food tins, now while aluminum is one of the most lucrative metals to recycle not all beverage cans are made from aluminum. Also because cans are quite light you are going to need to recycle a lot to make it a viable business. Collecting and recycling aluminum can be a lucrative endeavour but you need a source of aluminum which you can collect […]

Collect and Recycle Tins and Cans

Any recycling has to be done in large volumes to be a viable business. With small items such as foot tins and beverage cans more so as it does not fetch much per kilogram, the majority of cans in South African are made from either tin-plated steel or aluminum the latter which fetches up to ten times or more per kilogram. But how will you be able to make this a business to be able […]