Have you thought about how your school or organisation can deal with its waste problem, help the environment and make a bit of money? Be enterprising - set up your own aluminium beverage can recycling centre.
It would be your scheme, organised by you with decisions made by you. And the profits are yours.
If you are in the Sydney or Melbourne metropolitan area you should have no difficulty getting your cans collected. See getting started. in other areas you will need to establish whether there is a scrap metal merchant purposed to collect cans as frequently as you require.
Step 1: Getting ready
- Why do we want to start a recycling scheme?
- Who can advise us and work with us?
- Who's support and permission do we need?
- What skills do people running a recycling scheme need?
- Who has the necessary skills?
- How much time will it take?
- Where will the scheme operate?
Step 2: Planning ahead
- What are we going to call ourselves?
- To avoid problems, what ground rules do we need?
- What jobs need doing to run the scheme?
- How will we find the right people to do the jobs?
Step 3: Market research
- What information do we need and how will we collect it?
- What do people currently do with their aluminium beverage cans?
- What other recycling schemes are already running?
- What competition do we have?
- How do we make sure cans are collected safely?
Step 4: Marketing
- How do we persuade people to join in?
- What is our message - are we collecting cans for money or providing an environmental service?
- What type of advertising will we produce?
- Where can we advertise?
- Who will have responsibility for marketing - what skills will they need?
Step 5: Resources
- What special equipment do we need?
- How will the cans be collected?
- How will we ensure only aluminium beverage cans are collected?
- How will the cans be stored?
- How will the cans reach the recycling dealers?
Step 6: Managing the scheme
- What records do we need to keep?
- How will we know if the scheme is running efficiently?
- When will we know if the scheme has been successful?
- What will the profits be used for?
Step 7: The enterprise plan
Set out your plans for running the recycling scheme. The following may be useful points to consider:
- Our recycling scheme is being run because…
- We will be supported by…
- Our main competition is…
- The skills we have are…
- The project will last…
- Our supply of cans will come from…
- Future projects may be…
Step 8: Evaluation
It is important to set up criteria for evaluating your scheme before you start.
- What are our main objectives?
- How are we going to measure whether we met these objectives?
- When and how frequently will we evaluate the scheme?