The Pros and Cons of Starting a Composting Business

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ith a growing environmentally friendly mindset, many people are starting to view waste in a new way. It is why composting is no longer a method of disposal solely used in rural areas; it's becoming a common way to manage waste and produce a usable product, creating a viable business opportunity.

The Pros of Starting a Composting Business

If you are interested in starting a green business with a lot of growth potential, a composting business might be a great fit for you. Here are some of the benefits of starting a composting business:

  • Recycling materials rather than sending to a landfill is better for the environment.
  • A composting business is relatively easy to establish.
  • The start-up costs are minimal.
  • You may be eligible for tax incentives for owning a green business.
  • There is a growing demand for the organic material.
  • Your target markets are easy to identify, including gardeners, gardening, and landscape companies.
  • Your business can be home-based.
  • You can operate locally and by Internet mail order.
  • You have the potential to create a dual revenue business (inflow of raw materials; the outflow of the finished product).

    The Cons of Starting a Composting Business

    Some of the challenges that come with starting a composting business include:

    • You will need sufficient land and storage space to create a composting site.
    • You may have challenges with shipping and finding appropriate compost carriers.
    • Some degree of scientific knowledge, training and/or research is necessary.
    • You may need equipment such as a truck for deliveries and storage bins, packaging, etc.
    • It is very physical work, so you will need to be in good health, with a strong back for heavy lifting.