Start a Junkshop. Garbage is Big Business.
Garbage may be a dirty business to some, but for the many people (and communities) who have earned from it, it is big business. The Recyclables’ Collection Event (of the Earthday Network Philippines, the Philippine Business for the Environment, DENR, and many other organizations) has collected over three milion — P3,143,345.00 worth of recyclables (monetary equivalent) to be exact, from garbage.
Three million is a big amount of money, and though the RCE group is in it for advocacy, you too, can do it, and earn.
How? Start a junkshop.
Here’s what you might need:
1. A list of recyclers.. or make connections at the Waste Markets in malls
You need to get a list of recyclers since they will be the one to buy the junk and scraps you would accumulate. Without these buyers, you might end up becoming more like an open dumpsite, rather than a Materials Recovery Facility. You might want to check here for the list. For waste markets schedule, check the SWAPP website.
2. A weighing scale
This is probably the most important “gadget” a junkshop operator has, since your income will be dependent on the “kilos” — how much everything weighs. Of course, aside from the calculator where you would compute your earnings. hehe.
3. An open space
This would be your Materials Recovery Facility where you would have to segregate garbage. If you have no idea on segregation, click here.
4. A simple kariton, an ecobike, or a truck
This is necessary especially if you will be buying waste in bulk. If you are trying to go big time, you would need a truck. This is also necessary if you do not have an open space since you would just have to go from being a junk “shop” to becoming a junk “system” — in the environment sector parlance, this means from operating a “Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)” to implementing a “Materials Recovery System (MRS)”. With an MRS, you wouldnt be needing an open space. You would just be like a “transporter” of wastes — collecting and weighing segregated wastes from neighborhoods, and then heading to the recyclers to exchange everything you would have collected to cash.
By the way, you could also trade your collected garbage for cash at the waste markets.
In a nutshell: collect-segregate-transport-earn
For a more interactive discussion on the topic, do check Need Help in Starting a Junkshop Business? in the Entrepreneur site.
Photo Credits: EMB-DENR