Guide to Start a Battery Recycling Business
The growing consumer attraction to going green is producing businesses that focus on green services, such as a battery recycling business. Since Americans alone use millions of electronics each year that require batteries, millions of batteries wind up in landfills around the country. The acid in these batteries and the materials that compose them are not biodegradable, and can contaminate the soil and other areas of the environment. When you start a battery recycling business
, you are not only starting a business that can make you money, but one which may also help to make the world a better place to live.
The Benefits of Battery Recycling – Info-graphic
The following are the steps to start a successful battery recycling business:
Write a business plan. Write a business plan to describe the different aspects of your business, including start-up and operating costs, the source of funding for starting and operating the business until it becomes self-sufficient, the location of your business (home office or a rented space), the marketing plan, a description of your ideal customers and your projected income from recycling batteries.
Register your business with the state in which it operates. Contact the secretary of the state for the state in which your business operates. The business structure you choose for your company (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or Limited Liability Company) dictates the paperwork the state secretary will require you to complete in order to register your business.
Determine which types of batteries you want to recycle. Some battery recycling businesses limit the types of batteries they accept, such as only cell phone batteries or computer batteries. Determine if you want to specialize in specific batteries or if you want to operate the business as more of a general battery recycling business.
Establish accounts with government-approved battery recycling centers. Recycling centers, such as Rechargeable Battery Recycling and Battery Solutions, exist around the country to accept recycled batteries. Identify and contact various recycling centers to see how much the center charges you to recycle the batteries and how you can get the batteries to the center (mail, drop-off, pick-up, etc.).
Identify your target market. Determine which customers are most likely to use your recycling business. For example, you may decide to focus your efforts on electronic businesses that are willing to pay your business to handle the recycling of their batteries. You may also choose to target automotive businesses or cell phone retailers.
Create a battery collection plan. Depending on your target customers, determine how you intend to collect batteries from your target market. This may entail installing collection bins in your customers’ locations and creating a pick-up schedule once a week. You may also decide to create packaging for customers to ship the batteries to your business location or directly to the business recycling center.
Create and implement marketing campaigns to attract customers. Create email marketing campaigns, place online banner ads and send out marketing postcards to businesses and customers that fit into your target market. Creating and implementing marketing campaigns should include online and offline efforts that permit you to get your battery recycling business information in front of the customers who are most likely to use your services.
- Batteries are hazardous to your health and should be handled with care.
- Confirm with the battery-recycling center before mailing batteries. The federal government forbids the mailing of certain kinds of batteries. Environmental Protection Agency has information on the various kinds of batteries and the best ways to handle them.
All about Battery Recycling [Info-graphic]
Recycling may be a hot topic in the United States but if you think the U.S. is the only one doing it, you’d be wrong! Recycling programs are thriving in places like Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia where rates of recycling are on the rise. While Switzerland, Austria, and Germany may be the world leaders in recycling common household goods, other countries are making a good show as well.
Batteries are hazardous to your health and should be handled with care. Confirm with the battery-recycling center before mailing batteries. The federal government forbids the mailing of certain kinds of batteries. Environmental Protection Agency has information on the various kinds of batteries and the best ways to handle them. See Resources below for additional information.