According to Hoovers, a Dun & Bradstreet company that offers business analysis and information, as of 2009 waste management pulled in £52 billion in annual revenue, with about 15,000 companies operating in waste disposal. Waste disposal is a solid yet competitive industry. A new company will need to offer more efficient methods, better prices or a niche service. Start with a business plan.
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Things you need
- Vehicle inspection
- Certificate of operation
- Business permit
- Trained drivers
Contact your county's recycling and trash department to learn the state and local requirements for operating a waste disposal company. Waste disposal companies may remove trash, bulky trash, yard trash or recycling from residential or commercial properties. Determine which services you will offer and what it will cost to procure the necessary equipment. For example, trucks used for residential pickup are typically back-end loading, whereas commercial pickup is done using a collection truck or large container, which is later placed on special trucks for hauling.
Find a suitable location for your waste-disposal company. Check with local zoning officials to make sure that the site can be used for the land use you intend. Register your business with the appropriate state agency and make sure you have a business permit and bond, if necessary.
Purchase your trash-collection vehicles and have them registered and insured. Contact your waste department to find out what signage must be placed on your commercial vehicles and to have them inspected.
Apply with your county clerk for a certificate to operate. Generally, you will need to provide information about your collection vehicles and proof of inspection, proof of bonding coverage, your business license and your business location. Your certificate may need to be renewed annually.
Hire and train employees with clean driving records and the appropriate commercial class driver's license for your state. Purchase uniforms and workers' compensation insurance. Implement a policy and recordkeeping method for daily safety and maintenance checks.
Enter into a waste disposal agreement with your city to secure a contract, if possible, by offering more efficient or cheaper service. Contact landfills or transfer stations to create an agreement for disposing your waste.
Purchase a website for the trash-collection business. On it detail businesses' and homeowners' obligations as far as what trash containers can be used, collection hours, a holiday or inclement-weather schedule, policies on yard and bulky waste and recycling information, if applicable.
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