There are many guides and reources available. Some are a little dated but the principles are usually evergreen.
You can download the DEA Guide on Recycling of Solid Waste here (5MB).
This guide covers a number of operating models for recycling collection businesses, finding markets, and setting up of contracts.
You can download the DEA Guideline on Waste Collection in High Density and Unserviced Areas here (5MB)
The CSIRs CO-operative Good Practice Guide is a wealth of detailed information. Download it here (3.2MB).
The Institute of Waste Management’s Win With Waste Guide has a short and handy checklist along with a number of good pointers and practical considerations for starting a collection business. Download it here (0.5MB).
There are also a number of “How to” Guides available and other recources in the links below: