How to Start an Antifreeze Recycling Business

Antifreeze is a liquid substance which is added to machinery to lower its freezing point. This liquid is used in various businesses like mining, logging, water industries, oil exploration, construction, and farming as well as in automobiles. This fluid relies on glycol to lower the freezing point.

There are two varieties of glycol. The first is ethylene and the second is propylene glycol which both can be used in automotive or heavy-duty engine coolants. Antifreeze is toxic and should safely be disposed of, such as to pay a licensed hazardous waste business to dispose of it or the better choice of recycling it. Individuals who are interested in making money by starting their own business should consider recycling antifreeze.

Recycling Options

Most companies are faced with three decisions in recycling their antifreeze. On-site recycling requires facilities to purchase their own recycling equipment and employ workers to work the equipment. Off-site recycling is when antifreeze is transported to a specialized recycling company.

The type of recycling an owner-operator would offer is mobile recycling. A van or a truck equipped with a recycling unit travels to various businesses and recycles the antifreeze on-site. The cost of a recycling unit is expensive but the amount spent will be recovered in no time at all.

Procedure

Once the owner-operator has purchased a recycling unit, it is the time to put it to work. Advertise and solicit various businesses for work. Items needed for recycling antifreeze is the unit, coolant additive with test strips, new coolant (about five gallons per fifty-five gallons recycled), and at least two-fifty-five gallon drums.

Begin the recycling process, making sure to allow at least four hours to complete the cycle. Dip a test strip into the recycled antifreeze to indicate how much new coolant should be added. Check the freezing point and then add the new coolant. Pump the treated antifreeze into a fifty-five-gallon drum, marked, “Ready for Use”.

Finding Business

Many businesses have to pay exorbitant costs to have their antifreeze disposed of. As a salesperson, marketing a mobile antifreeze recycling services, the owner-operator becomes a problem solver. For a fraction of the company’s cost, the owner-operator will recycle the antifreeze and save the company money. To impress the potential client, bring a half-gallon of untreated, used antifreeze to the meeting with the company’s manager.

Demonstrate how the recycling unit can make the nasty, used antifreeze into useable liquid. On a typical day, an owner-operator can recycle about three-hundred gallons of waste antifreeze. By charging about two-dollars a gallon, the owner-operator can easily earn about six-hundred dollars a day. With earnings like that and owner-operator can purchase more units and hire employees to create a more productive business.

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