E-Waste Biz Strat

Questions related to e-waste business, financials, strategy, operations etc.

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1 Is e-waste recycling activity profitable?
2 How easy is the recycling business to operate?
3 How difficult is the e-waste recycling business?
4 How much land is required for the project?
5 What is the typical complete project cost?
6 What is the minimum project size for the ewaste recycling business to be successful?
7 Is there a minimum regulatory prescription for the land area?
8 Is there a minimum construction required?
9 How can I claim carbon credits against this business?
10 What should I do about precious metals?
11 Where can the epoxy and plastic granules be used?
12 What should we do with the CRTs?
13 What happens to non recyclable material such as batteries?
14 What about the final waste remaining after the process?
15 What is the content of a single PCB?
16 What is the output of your machinery? 
 
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1 Is e-waste recycling activity profitable?
If done in the right way, e-waste recycling activity is definitely profitable. You can expect an ROI of anywhere between 35-65% depending on the type of e-waste you can collect.
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2 How easy is the recycling business to operate?
From an operations perspective, it is a fairly straightforward process. Assuming that you have the raw material and the labour in place, the operational process is a well defined and predictable one.
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3 How difficult is the e-waste recycling business?
e-Waste recycling business is exactly as difficult as any other business. It has the same types of risks and requires the same entrepreneurial skills.
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4 How much land is required for the project?
Respose machinery requires about 800-1000 sq ft. Apart from the machinery, you will require space for parking, unloading, warehousing, dismantling, administrative area, utility area etc. All put together, for a project of capacity of about 1000 tons a year you will need a built up area of around 6000-8000 sq ft and a plot area depending on the local FSI regulations. We typically recommend about 20,000 sq ft so that it can take care of future expansion also.
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5 What is the typical complete project cost?
Typical project cost includes land, building, machinery, labour, raw material, and other operating expenses. Respose machinery cost is 35lakhs. Land and building costs are variable depending on mode of purchase and the location. All Operating costs including labour, raw material, power etc cost around 40 lakhs per month (Can vary depending on local labour rates,). Against this the revenue realization from operations can be about 60-75 Lakhs per month. (Please refer detailed project report for comprehensive financial analysis)
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6 What is the minimum project size for the ewaste recycling business to be successful?
Minimum project should be of a 500 kg per day capacity. Such project will cost around 45-50 lakhs.
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7 Is there a minimum regulatory prescription for the land area?
There is no “minimum” legally prescribed area. For an idea about land, please refer Q4
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8 Is there a minimum construction required?
There is no “minimum” legally prescribed constructed. For an idea about construction, please refer Q4
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9 How can I claim carbon credits against this business?
There is an elaborate procedure for claiming Carbon Credits or CERs. The project needs to be registered with the UNFCCC as a CDM project. Thereafter, an external will evaluate the performance of the project and give a report on the credit points or CERs earned. The CERs earned can be sold to any willing buyer.
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10 What should I do about precious metals?
The current respose plant does not separate precious metals. The mixed metal fraction can be sold directly to smelters after valuation of a sample using assaying technique or any other technique.
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11 Where can the epoxy and plastic granules be used?
Epoxy and plastic granules have applications in road building, concrete mix, model making, creating different types of sport turfs, etc.
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12 What should we do with the CRTs?
CRTs, after dismantling should be given to a CRT recycler.
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13 What happens to non recyclable material such as batteries?
Batteries are recyclable in specialised battery recycling machines. Batteries can be given away to battery recyclers.
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14 What about the final waste remaining after the process?
The final remnants of the recycling process can be given to an authorised land fill. This is usually less than 5 % of the collection.
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15 What is the content of a single PCB?
Every PCB is different. There is no standard or fixed content for a PCB. PCBs of different equipment are different and consist of different components. Hence their composition is different. However in general it can be said that a PCB contains metals such as Copper, Aluminium, Gold, Silver, Tin, Lead, Nickel, Zinc, etc.
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16 What is the output of Respose e-waste recycling machinery?
The output of Respose e-waste recycling plant is in terms of 3 separate fractions - Ferrous metal, non ferrous mix metal and epoxy and plastic powder.
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