That all makes sense I think a lot of the big guys are focusing on buying out competitiors around here when waste management has bought out the bigger guys they keep the name and the staff but they don't reinvest and buy them anymore equipment and yes they do have the landfills and the residential routes so that may be what they are focusing on we are figuring that we have about 9 months to really make good money and then winter will set in and it will die off for awhile until spring one question I had does any body set out recycling dumpster for the public and is it profitable at all
Smart, cut-throat style business. Buy your competition, keep the name so the general public doesn't know and control it. WM has the money..
I thought about the public use recycling dumpsters a lot. I think it could be profitable if the categories were kept small - paper, plastic, aluminum and glass. The problem with glass though is it's heavy and not profitable to recycle it if there is not an end user close. The other three can be baled and transported easily.
The problems I see is the public dumping garbage, electronics, etc in the bins and then you have to sort that out and dispose of it. We thought about partnering with some cities to put out the cans but at the same time curbside recycling was being added to most of the municipalities so we didn't think there would be a strong enough market. If your area doesn't offer curbside recycling then it might be something to look at.
Cardboard can be a money maker. A lot of it goes to China and India for material packaging since they lack the infrastructure to make paper from trees, so it's always in demand.