30 Recycling Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

30 Recycling Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

Interested in starting a recycling business in 2022?

We put together 30 of the best recycling businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other recycling businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start an aluminum recycling business

Examples of a successful aluminum recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a aluminum recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an aluminum recycling business ➜

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2. Start a glass recycling business

Examples of a successful glass recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a glass recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a glass recycling business ➜

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3. Start an online recycled renovation products business

Examples of a successful online recycled renovation products business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an online recycled renovation products business ➜

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4. Start a mattress recycling business

Examples of a successful mattress recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a mattress recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a mattress recycling business ➜

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5. Start a tone cartridge recycling business

Examples of a successful tone cartridge recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a tone cartridge recycling business:

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6. Sell used appliances

Examples of a successful sell used appliances:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a sell used appliances:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a sell used appliances ➜

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7. Become a computer refurbisher

How Much Can You Make?
$13,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$15,000
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful computer refurbisher:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a computer refurbisher:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a computer refurbisher ➜

Case Study

My name is Lawrence O'Connor, aka 'OWC Larry.' I am the founder and CEO of OWC (Other World Computing, Inc.).

Our CAGR over the past 33yrs is 43.78% (average growth rate since inception). It was 18.4% in the most recently completed year 2019 vs 2020 with just over 148 million revenue in 2020.

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8. Start a pallet recycling business

How Much Can You Make?
$30,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful pallet recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a pallet recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a pallet recycling business ➜

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9. Start a bookbinding and repair service

Examples of a successful bookbinding and repair service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a bookbinding and repair service:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a bookbinding and repair service ➜

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10. Start a paper recycling business

How Much Can You Make?
$16,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$200,000

Examples of a successful paper recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Case Study

Hello, my name is Yuki Lee. I'm the co-founder of Bagitan Packaging Company - a company that produces paper packaging products in China. Our primary products are paper bags, food packaging, foil packaging, and other disposable packaging products used in restaurants and takeout meals.

Since our inception in 2008, we have expanded into a company with annual net revenue of $200,000 and over 50 employees. It has been an incredible experience working with my partner - Frank Ouyang, he created the company Panda Paper Roll (see the story here), and we have learned many lessons along the way. I hope our experiences will be helpful to other entrepreneurs who are looking to start their own business in China.

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11. Start a plastic recycling business

Examples of a successful plastic recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a plastic recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a plastic recycling business ➜

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12. Start a textile recycling business

Examples of a successful textile recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a textile recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a textile recycling business ➜

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13. Start a tire recycling business

Examples of a successful tire recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a tire recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a tire recycling business ➜

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14. Start a waste recycling business

How Much Can You Make?
$37,000,000/month

Examples of a successful waste recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a waste recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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15. Start a food waste recycling business

Examples of a successful food waste recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a food waste recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a food waste recycling business ➜

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16. Start a junkyard furniture creations business

Examples of a successful junkyard furniture creations business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a junkyard furniture creations business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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17. Start a wine bottle recycling business

Examples of a successful wine bottle recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a wine bottle recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a wine bottle recycling business ➜

18. Start a battery recycling business

Examples of a successful battery recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a battery recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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19. Start a scrap metal recycling business

Examples of a successful scrap metal recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a scrap metal recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a scrap metal recycling business ➜

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20. Start a kitchen utensils recycling business

Examples of a successful kitchen utensils recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a kitchen utensils recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a kitchen utensils recycling business ➜

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21. Start a pvc recycling business

Examples of a successful pvc recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a pvc recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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22. Start an e-waste recycling business

Examples of a successful e-waste recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a e-waste recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an e-waste recycling business ➜

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23. Start a cartoon box recycling business

Examples of a successful cartoon box recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a cartoon box recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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24. Start a recycling farm waste business

Examples of a successful recycling farm waste business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a recycling farm waste business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a recycling farm waste business ➜

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25. Start a recycling project business

Examples of a successful recycling project business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a recycling project business ➜

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26. Start a water recycling business

Examples of a successful water recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a water recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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27. Start a recycling plant business

Examples of a successful recycling plant business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a recycling plant business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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28. Start a recycling domestic wastes business

Examples of a successful recycling domestic wastes business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a recycling domestic wastes business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a recycling domestic wastes business ➜

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29. Start a composting business

Examples of a successful composting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a composting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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30. Start a wood recycling business

Examples of a successful wood recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a wood recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a wood recycling business ➜

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