Every year, the United States generates approximately 230 million tons
of solid waste, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Solid waste refers to any discarded materials. This means that any
garbage or refuse from a water treatment plant, wastewater treatment
plant or an air pollution control facility can be classified as solid
waste. Solid waste is usually as a result of mining activities,
agricultural operations, commercial, community, domestic and industrial
activities. A solid waste company can engage in the collection or
disposal of solid waste or both or in waste management and recycling.
Things You Will Need
Research and choose an area of specialization. Solid waste is quite
broad, and it is advisable to focus on handling one type of solid waste.
For instance, you can consider dealing with commercial waste or
Get licensed. Register your business with the Secretary of State. Also
register with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and get an Employer
Identification Number (EIN).
Register with environmental bodies. Register with the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) as well as your federal government and your
state's department of environmental quality.
Get a permit. Apply for a permit from your county clerk's office. You
will need to provide proof that your business is licensed and provide
general information about what the objective of the business is and any
vehicles that the company will be using and the physical location of the
Find a location. Check with your county government for any zoning laws
and ensure that the site you use can be used for waste handling. For
instance, if you use a land fill, ensure that they are designed,
monitored and operated to protect the environment from contaminants.
Get the required equipment. For instance if you are running a waste
disposal or collection business, you will need a truck to transport the
waste, trash cans, protective gear such as gloves and boots. If your
company owns trucks, ensure that they have been properly registered by
the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and insured.
Hire employees. Ensure your employees are trained and have the
qualifications to handle solid waste properly. The transportation
hazardous waste material varies according to the type of waste.
Transportation methods include air, railways and trucks. The hazardous
material should be properly packed and labeled so that it is clear that
the waste being transported is dangerous. If you have trucks, ensure
that the drivers have a Commercial Driving License (CDL).
Market your services. You can enter into a contract with your local
county government to provide them with waste collection, disposal or
management services. Also advertise through brochures, internet and word
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