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Environmental Assistance and Customer Service


Recycling Business Assistance Center

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Start-Up Business

RBAC has a variety of online tools and links to resources to assist start-up recycling companies. In addition, RBAC staff can provide customized assistance to help start-up your recycling business.  

Business Planning

The most critical part of starting up a business is writing a business plan. A business plan describes the business, its objectives, strategies, market and financial forecast. It is the roadmap and communication tool for the company. RBAC can assist start-ups with reviewing portions of your business plan pertaining to recycling markets. The Small Business Association has a great online source for writing a business plan including examples. The North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center helps start-up businesses address a wide-range of issues such as financing, marketing, human resources, operations, business planning, strategy and feasibility assessments.

Market Research

RBAC conducts research on recycling markets which can be used for analyzing business opportunities in the recycling industry.  If recycling businesses need help finding additional sources of recyclable material, they should contact a staff member to assist.

Facility Siting

Finding the right location for a facility is crucial to the business’ success.  The N.C. Department of Commerce  has an online source of available sites and buildings to help determine an optimum location for any business or facility. Contact at (919) 707-8135 for building or site location assistance.

Equipment

Find sources of new and used recycling equipment at the following links:

Permitting

Some recycling businesses may require environmental permits in order to protect human health and the environment. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources has environmental assistance coordinators throughout the state to assist residents, businesses and local governments in identifying environmental permits for any project. Whether you are seeking to start a new business, modifying processes at an existing business or expanding, each environmental assistance coordinator aids customers in understanding the regulatory requirements of a project to ensure success on the front-end. DENR also provides an Express Permitting option that offers a more timely review of certain environmental permits than the traditional permit review process. It offers quicker decisions on permits and certifications, as well as direct consultation with DENR division staff to identify necessary requirements.

Financing

A variety of funding opportunities are available to recycling businesses in North Carolina.  Direct financial assistance is available through RBAC’s Recycling Business Development Grants and the N.C. Recycling Tax Credit program.  RBAC also offers information on additional funding sources such as loans and venture capital, through various partner agencies.

Recycling Works Newsletter 

RBAC’s quarterly newsletter, Recycling Works discusses current topics of interest to recycling businesses, including information on financing opportunities, commodity markets and new technologies.  Click here to sign-up to receive the online newsletter by e-mail.  For questions or more information about the newsletter, please contact or 919-707-8136.

General Business Start-up and Development Assistance Links

Publications

To aid the recycling community in its pursuits, RBAC produces informational documents, guides and directories. These resources provide current, accurate information on topics ranging from recycling markets and infrastructure to funding and buying recycled products.

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