This zero waste transfer station offers reuse disposal first,  followed by recycling, regulated materials, composting and crushing, and  wasting as the last resort.

One of many zero waste site plans that Urban Ore has designed.

Find the right space

Here are some questions you should think about when looking for land to locate your Zero Waste startup:

  • Where is the nearest transfer station or landfill?
  • Can you get access to the material being dumped?
  • What vacant parcels are available within a reasonable distance?
  • What is the per-square-foot cost of each?
  • How much capital do you have to invest?

Design for function and type of material

For safety and efficiency, Zero Waste facilities should be designed with good separation between customers wanting to get rid of materials and recycling processors managing large flows of valuable resources to turn into cash flow.

Here are some space allocation guidelines we use at Urban Ore:  parking 15%; receiving 10%, sales 60%, office 5%, recycling & waste removal 10%

Consider these questions when contemplating a Zero Waste Facility design:

  • Will you buy materials?
  • What reuse categories will you sell?
  • Will you be full-service, i.e., dealing with everything reusable that isn’t a boat or motor vehicle?
  • Or do you intend to specialize, i.e., on antiques or on building materials or on household goods and clothing?
  • How much of your expected inventory needs cover?
  • For each site you think is possible, how will it be laid out?  Main functions:  parking, receiving, sales, recycling, office, waste removal.

We offer consulting services so drop us a line if you’d like some feedback on your design or need help starting a successful Zero Waste facility.