Starting a Composting Company

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A composting business fills a need and can be profitable.
A composting business fills a need and can be profitable. (Image: start image by Ewe Degiampietro from Fotolia.com)

Composting is a form of recycling that helps minimize landfill use while offering a business opportunity. Many waste items become useful when turned into compost, improving the soil for growing vegetables and other crops. A composting business, small or large, helps the environment and provides an opportunity to make a profit. Turning waste into organic matter takes time and planning, but the benefits far outweigh the time needed to turn it into a business. Providing a service and offering a useful product play important roles in a composting business.

Things You'll Need

  • Truck for hauling
  • Front-end loader
  • Compost bins (depending on method)

Write a draft business plan as you determine your sources, methods, space requirements and abilities. Your available space and sources of raw waste used to make compost directly affects the volume of compost you produce. Some methods of composting involve a capital investment. Starting small and building your business over time lessens the risk and investment to get started. Contact the EPA for regulations and information regarding your area.

Adjust your plan to composting methods as needed.
Adjust your plan to composting methods as needed. (Image: Writing of business plan image by Vasyl Dudenko from Fotolia.com)

Contact businesses that need to dispose of raw material that you can turn into compost. Estimate the volume you can use carefully and the time needed to turn it into a product to sell. The volume of waste reduces as much as 50 percent to 80 percent when turned into usable compost, called humus. Local farms offer a good source of manure and plant waste. Grocery stores and restaurants are possible resources. Consider providing a pick-up service for your composting business. Many businesses take part in “green” efforts. However, a short explanation of composting versus landfill use sometimes helps.

Local farms are a possible customer and source of compost material.
Local farms are a possible customer and source of compost material. (Image: la poule image by fado from Fotolia.com)

Set up your preferred method and get the composting process started. Windrows, or rows of compostable material, need turning by hand or with a front-end loader. One method sets barrels of material on rollers operated by a power source or rolled by hand. Whichever method you choose, keep a rotation of starting new rows, barrels or another method and strive for a continuous source of finished compost.

Windrows are just one method of composting.
Windrows are just one method of composting. (Image: spargelfeld image by Ewe Degiampietro from Fotolia.com)

Purchase a business or vendor's license for tax purposes at your county courthouse before selling your finished product. Determine your cost and profit margin and market locally through friends, ads, farmer’s markets or any avenue available to you. Ensure your insurance coverage includes your enterprise and customers on the property.

Composting is a beneficial cycle and can be a profitable business.
Composting is a beneficial cycle and can be a profitable business. (Image: farmers market image by AGITA LEIMANE from Fotolia.com)

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