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Waste collection in itself adds value to humanity and can be done as a business and make millions of dollars. With the right mindsets toward some information that regularly come our ways on a daily basis, if we can have them sifted properly and with our ego dropped by the side, the rate of poverty being encountered will be reduced to the barest minimum.

While Nigeria can boast of various self made millionaires, there are also millions of self made poverty stricken members of the society.

The problem with many people in Nigeria is pride and egotism which at times eats deep into our senses of belonging and deprive us chances of doing businesses that can actually bring us good money.

While different companies and offices are doing what they deem fit for the success of their businesses, employing in hundreds and sacking en mass, most of us are still busy gathering up our CVs and certificates and continuing without let up in search of office jobs whereas there are better paying jobs waiting to be done.

Identify The Opportunity In Waste Collection


Collected waste materials ready to be converted to wealth

Probably you are not aware that you can make over N500,000 a month supplying waste polythene nylons to waste recycling factories within the Nigerian states? The best part is that you can start waste collection business with no capital.

Instead of burning those pure water nylons and rubber containers or throwing some of the metals away, gathering them up and sourcing them out to recycling plants could make us millions of naira. Our attitude has to change.

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There was an article in one of the daily Newspapers that talks about a recycling company in Nigeria that made about $65million from exporting metallic waste to oversea countries where the metals are used for manufacturing of cars, radiators, ship engines and so on.

Supplying of waste polythene and other wastes for recycling is a lucrative business, try it today and you will have good story to tell. The business is so lucrative that even government, companies and other recycling outfits would like to partner with you.

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It is both fun and a caring. You make money by removing the pieces of irons that may hurt people within the environment, I don’t look at the money I make from the business as a salary or wages, I considers it as God’s blessings to me for doing what benefits people.

not just a waste

Waste collecting depot

The Benefit of Waste Collection Business

The benefits of starting waste collection business goes beyond personal to even adding values to the GDP and the economic growth of your country.

You can start by directly gathering the following items in any location of your choice and have it grown to bigger quantity. Things like: Shopping bags, laundry bags, pure water sachets, yogurt wrappers, soft poly bags, hospital drip bags, pop corn wrapper, bread wrapper, cellophane, etc.

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Money is good and without it, doing anything could be near to impossible but money without the proper information lasts only for a while. You stand to make it continually in the waste collection business and would be helping others with your knowledge.

You can pay some children to be gathering all kinds of wastes for you. Continue doing it until it becomes big, take it to a recycling company and be ready to count your cash as it would be measured and paid for.

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The Profit Potential In Waste Collection Business

Just position yourself as a waste collector ranging from polythene bags of different sources and have them supplied to a waste collection center operator who then process and shifts them to the company that does the recycling.

You can make between N50,000 to N500,000 monthly, doing this business. This is the breakdown:

A kilo of polythene sells between N45-N55.

If you can supply just 100kg per day for 25 days in a month that isĀ  N50 x 100 kilos x 25 days = N125,000, that is if you are dealing with just polythene alone, but if you are into metal, your money goes up.

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In all these, just as I have mentioned earlier, there is no start up capital needed except transportation if there is no recycling firm near you. Nigerians, there are more business for all us to get busy with and stop depending on others or waiting for the government to do things for us when we can actually do things on our own and pay the government with our surplus through tax.

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  • Babs February 5, 2016

    Thanks. Do you have the contact of some of the agents one can sell to after gathering them?

    • lucky April 2, 2018

      i am interested in this business , i stay in kano state and i would love to be connected directly to the companies

  • David February 6, 2016

    Yes I want to re echo that same question. I live in Abuja.

    • Darlinton Omeh February 6, 2016

      We don’t have contacts, we don’t keep contacts but we are working on building a directly were you guys can go and get contacts of any business

      • Donald weze November 6, 2019

        What is the minimum amount needed to cover transport, site and possibly staff for this type of endeavour?

  • fausat February 6, 2016

    Thank u sir,plz we will appreciate that contact, that’s the biggest opportunity where I reside, the waste is so much that I want to be of help to my environment and to make money from it is a great dividend. Plz can u enlighting me on how to partner with my locality over this waste disposal issue? I mean collection of waste like the PSP thing in Lagos.

    • jetisco4u August 5, 2016

      That is great. We are looking for partners and we may be able to work with you.

    • blessing wakama January 19, 2018

      what area is that I work for a waste waste management company we can help you control your waste our head office is in rivers state…here is our contact address

      • Samuel February 16, 2019

        Good day Blessing, please I want to ask your for an favor on proposal on waste disposal business thanks,

  • Chimezie February 15, 2016

    My bro which do you think is More lucrative between phone accessories business and customer accessories business. Thanks

  • Chimezie February 15, 2016

    Bro. Which is more lucrative between phone accessories and computer accessories business. Cheers

  • kelechi February 15, 2016

    i have 500,000 naira and i want go into business pls can u help with which business can i start up with.

    • Darlinton Omeh April 27, 2016

      There are countless of businesses I have written about on this website for you to choose from. Take your time and read through some of the business ideas here and choose the one that meet your need. Thank you.

  • Chimezie February 15, 2016

    Thanks a million times

  • James onoja February 22, 2016

    how do we contact a waste collector operator? some one like me have had this in mind for long but don’t know how to start

  • bukola April 16, 2016

    please sir, i hv 250k what type of business can i do with that.thanks

    • tonio April 27, 2016

      Dear Bukola, drop a mail with me via.i will give u some guide on some biz

  • Evens Balan April 17, 2016

    Greeting I would like to have a private chat with you or phone thank you God bless you

  • Tom May 1, 2016

    Thank you for a good job.
    Please do you have any information the machines and equipment needed to setup a recycling plant. Im interested in getting a reclying plant for plastics, metals and others
    Thanks and remain bless.

  • marian May 5, 2016

    plz I need to start this recycling opportunity fast but how do I start and how can I get d contact plz ur help is needed I came from a very poor family Marian.plz u can inbox me ur no through my gmail account plz I need d help ooo am tired of suffering ooo plz help oooo I reside in Lagos iyana ipaja

  • marian May 5, 2016

    plz I need to start this recycling opportunity fast but how do I start,how to know were they use to dump dirt and how can I get d contact plz ur help is needed I came from a very poor family Marian.plz u can inbox me ur no through my gmail account plz I need d help ooo am tired of suffering ooo plz help oooo I reside in Lagos iyana ipaja

  • marian May 5, 2016

    plz I need to know were dump dirty so DAT I can pick I don’t mind plz sir ur help is needed

  • Olaoluwa Omoyeni May 6, 2016

    This is good thinking and thank you for the write up…Good job man..
    Like some others have asked , how can we access the collectors or operators as there are no recycling plants around my vicinity..

    Thank you as I await you usual timely response.

  • Olaoluwa Omoyeni May 6, 2016

    Wonderful write up.
    How can we access the collector companies or the recycling plant proper?

  • Alokha Omokhekhai May 23, 2016

    Thank you so very much. I would like to have a minimal idea on what it will take (Financially) to establish a waste conversion plant. I think this is one area where many Nigerians have not seen as lucrative. Thanks

  • Orji Paul Chima May 24, 2016

    how do i get the buyers after collecting them (waste)?

  • Orji Paul Chima May 25, 2016

    Sir, I’ve not gotten mail on my question, my question is, how do i get the buyers after collecting the waste, my target waste is plastic cans of waters, minerals etc. Thanks

  • Ganiyu idris June 12, 2016

    Thanks a lot,to be precised i have an interest in waste plastics recycling business,pls how do i go about it.

  • Grace June 14, 2016

    I am most interested in this business I have already started collecting empty plastic water and soft drink bottles, are there collection agents or recycling plants in Port Harcourt?

  • hyacinth June 17, 2016

    sir,may God abundantly bless u for releasing this information. am looking forward to meeting u one on one very soon. l take delight in your write up.

  • hassana June 22, 2016

    Sir may God bless u pls where can I sell collection of empty plastic I am in kano thank

  • daniel July 19, 2016

    please sir i av 1 million naira what kind of biznes can i do with it!

    • Darlinton Omeh July 19, 2016

      There are plenty of small business you can start with one million naira. Browse around this site and you will see more than enough business ideas to choose from. Thank you

  • JOE July 26, 2016

    may God bless you real good sir, i really want to get started but the problem is where to sell the waste materials. i also wish that you come to Port harcourt sir even if it is a day seminar.JOE

  • OJEKEHINDE August 7, 2016

    Kindly inbox me on how to go about this waste issue. who to supply.address and the rest sir

  • Nkay1330 September 9, 2016

    A good idea too…as at 2013 it had an estimated capital cost of about 84million…now dollar rate is higher!

  • lightoma July 24, 2017

    Please Sir, I want to start waste business like rubber and can but don’t know where to sell it.

  • Fatima July 26, 2017

    Thanks a lot but sir where can I sell the waste of pure water sachet in kano state once again God bless u and everyone in Nigerian thanks.

  • OYO September 16, 2017

    nice one bro. you are always so on pont

  • Chibueze September 20, 2017

    Please I need your G. S. M number

  • Abraham October 4, 2017

    Good one sir,ur article is timely God bless u

  • I need how to start this waste products please update me about company that’s buying it

  • Justino Latino November 7, 2017

    Please, introduce me to this all time business.
    Many thanks

  • Arogundari francis November 20, 2017

    Pls l will like to go into recycling biz but l don’t have any contact can you be of help

  • Benedict Jackreece December 10, 2017

    Pls how can I have the contact of recycling companies in Nigeria and south south in particular

  • Emmanuel Okon January 3, 2018

    How can I contacts de buyers of the waste beins. From calabar

  • Anosike cynthia January 5, 2018

    Pls am interested, i need ur assistance with the waste issue.

  • Arjun Kohli January 26, 2018

    Hello Everyone,
    I am not sure how old is this article but I hope someone out of you all who have commented above reads it.
    Allow me to introduce my self, I am from India and i am a waste importer.
    I would be very happy if somebody out of you could supply the product i require and i could be your buyer.
    Do get in touch if anyone is interested.

  • Yommey January 30, 2018

    Hello Arjun, i will like to know what your specifications are and how i can help to meet the demand. I just read this article now and i am inspired to take a step.. You can contact me on for further discussions.

  • Abiodun February 14, 2018

    I am most interested in this business, I have empty plastic water and soft drinks,how do I get in touch with the recycling company or an agent in charge of collecting the waste.

  • Valerian March 22, 2018

    Hello everyone,
    Kindly contact me for buying and selling of recyclable waste materials. I represent waste 360 degrees, a recycling company based in PH.

  • Mirian April 21, 2018

    How can you be contacted @ Valeria

  • Ayo June 15, 2018

    Thank so much sir for this informative content. God bless you sir

  • Abah July 10, 2018

    Sorry, if am spoiling d fun, but if this is such a lucrative biz idea, hw come those scrap metal collectors look so poor and miserable always; barely able to feed themselves atimes?

    • uju July 26, 2018

      Because there is a process chain and they are probably at the end of this chain. They are giving to a middle man, who is equally giving to another middle man.

  • uloma July 10, 2018

    Talk to irecycle marketplace

  • Emmanuel Sunday Obieke July 19, 2018

    Please how can I become a recharge card wholesales dealer?

  • Juliet July 25, 2018

    Please where can one get the address of waste recycling collectors in abuja?

  • Gabriel July 26, 2018

    this information is a nice one,please for novice who want to start this business, how can I get start

  • Oluwatobi September 4, 2018

    I think we should all drop our number so we guys can connect each other. Or work in term lagos base alone please

  • Pst Christiana Samuel September 13, 2018

    The post is really interesting, but my problem now is the contact

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