Well, since I`ve had the opportunity to start this service for my community, I spend most of my time recycling. I started this whole venture in my daughter`s room on the family computer and have learned everything about recycling with my family. Although we can`t actually do the labor intensive work at home, I am home with them while I do all the office work. They come to the warehouse quite often to help. It took about 1.5 yrs to start it and it`s finally here, up and running....just in time...for....the recession! We`re still hanging on though! Visit my website which tells all about how we operate, www.cvrecycling.com. Like any new business, I started this with an idea and have taught myself how to do Quickbooks, organize routes, operate a forklift (and how to fix it from time to time), and how to drive a 20 ft. dump truck; after a couple new mirrors, I`ve mastered it! I hope someday to be able to add to this by saying how many people I`ve employed and that I`d be retaining an office job in my office with occasional visits to the warehouse.
I know first hand of how business owners feel about "going green" in their "waste" department. I started a curbside recycling business in 2008, knowing full well I`d have to work for free to obtain that "great reputation" I take pride in now. They don`t mind having a company other than the "Garbage Company" picking up their Cardboard....until.....there is a fee involved. I have been picking up cardboard for free for 6 months from large companies and saving some of them anywhere from $300.00 and up per month on their traditional tip fees with the waste company. When the market crashed and I needed to implement a fee that would either match what they would pay to the garbage company or save them money and support a local ran business; they went through the roof! They thought why should they pay me to pick up something I would then turn and sell. Did they forget I have expenses also? I`m not picking up their cardboard and selling it 30sec. later the same way I got it. It goes through a process much more detailed than dumping it from a dumpster into a truck and then into the land. Some of those companies have chosen to go back to their "trashy" method of putting all those recyclable items back into the land instead of saving money with a hard working and responsible local business. They are actually offended that I want them to pay me something. They do not earn any "Green Star" from me, that`s for sure!
Amber EmeryCEOCarson Valley Recycling, LLC
I have started a curbside recycling business in my county, Carson Valley Recycling; www.cvrecycling.com. I feel I have the "GREEN" term down! I can`t tell you yet how profitable it is as the market in the recyclables has crashed, but everybody pays a "subscription" fee for us to come and pick it up, so that in itself covers the expenses. We have been in full operation since June of 2008. It took about 1.5 years to get it started and lot of our own money.
If I can survive this recession, I am fine with my costs being covered and my household expenses also. This business has humbled me as to what is important. I feel very good about helping the environment my children are growing up in and how I`m leading by example with them. The reward in not polluting the "land" anymore. I agree fully with nhgnikole `s reply. There is a saying, "keep it simple silly", meaning start with one or two things and grow from there when you`re ready and comfortable. I started with recycling plastic and cardboard, then I added glass, tin/aluminum, and now I`ve added all papers. Do you know how little garbage I have left? Starting tomorrow, we will be composting with a worm bin called a "Can of Worms", which a local company here sells,"Full Circle Compost". I am so excited to do this! (My family also) How rewarding! I might even be able to grow roses for the first time ever! I would love to be able to use the movie "WALL-E" as my educational movie for others interested in "why recycle?" That`s why things don`t grow where "landfills" are. T O X I C ground from everyone`s "trash". There`s more to success than the $$ figure. At times when I`m wondering how I`ll pay a bill.....I`m just as full of that "reward" feeling knowing I`m doing something good and green for the environment. Amber EmeryCEOCarson Valley Recyclingcvrecycling@mac.com