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Markets for Recyclables
Recycling materials is only part of the recycling process. In order
to complete the process and get the recycled materials back into
use, you must find markets for your recyclables, people who will
buy your recycled products for reuse.
3. While the Recyclable Materials Market Directory is useful to begin
finding buyers, buyers are changing all the time and markets are
growing and changing. Keep this in mind when trying to find
buyers because there may be more out there.
4. There are four different types of buyers for recyclable materials:
collectors, processors, and brokers. All three are used as
middle-men to transfer recyclables to the end-markets.
- Collectors (also known as haulers) are usually just regular garbage
collectors that expand to collecting recyclables from businesses
as well. Many charge for collection and will pay nothing or very
little for recyclables. Generally they only accept certain kinds
of recyclables as well. Collectors are the most convenient
market for most businesses.
- Processors are facilities that process recyclable materials before
selling them to end-users. Materials are sorted by type and then
baled, shredded, or cut into a marketable product that can be
- Brokers buy large amounts of recyclables and organize to have them
sold to potential end-market buyers. Some brokers process
materials themselves and others will only purchase recyclables
that have already been processed. Brokers typically can give you
the best prices because they sell large amounts of materials.
- End-users are the people who purchase the recyclable material and
manufacture them into new usable products. They usually buy
products from brokers, but you can occasionally sell straight to
the end-users if you can be a consistent producer of
5. The first step
is to determine the amount of recyclable materials and the
quality of such that you intend on selling. Sometimes it’s hard
to determine quality, in this case, contact the buyer and
discuss your options with them.
6. Contact buyers
in the directory or that you find nearby that buy the material
you’re marketing in the quantities you want to sell. Always
contact before shipping materials just to make sure.
requirements need to be considered before deciding on a buyer.
The processing requirements are how the buyer accepts materials,
whether they need to be baled, boxed, crushed, etc. This depends
on the material being recycled and what the end-markets require.
buyers also require different levels of quality. This usually
refers to the amount of contaminants present in the materials,
the higher the level of contaminants, the harder the material
will be to market.
- Build quality
control into your recycling program by educating workers and
ensuring that different recyclables are kept separate.
whether the buyer will provide transportation and how much the
transportation will cost. This may also include knowing how much
is considered a full load and how many trips it will take if
you’re transporting a large quantity of recyclables.
10. Do an internet
search or ask buyers for references to figure out what kind of
reputation the buyer has. It’s good to know whether you r buyer
is prompt with payment and pickup of materials and whether they
know what they’re doing. You also want to be ensured that the
materials are actually going to be recycled.
11. Prices will
differ from buyer to buyer, but they also fluctuate like any
other commodity due to supply and demand.
should be written when a buyer/seller relationship has been
agreed upon to ensure that it will actually happen. If it is
impossible to create a formal contract, only do business with a
buyer who has a good reputation.
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