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

Business plan
Business name

Step 1

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 Industrial waste.

Step 2

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).

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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 business.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

Hire employees. Ensure your employees are trained and have the qualifications to handle solid waste properly. The transportation of 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).

Step 8

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 of mouth. Array

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