Massachusetts Joins Six Other States in Northeast Recycling Council's 'The Reuse Marketplace' to Promote Recycling and Reuse
BOSTON - In collaboration with the Northeast Recycling Council, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has joined with six other northeast states to offer a free web-based recycling clearinghouse to businesses, institutions and non-profit organizations called The Reuse Marketplace.
This no-cost regional network has been established to help save money and reduce waste by finding, selling, trading, or giving away many reusable and surplus items that would otherwise be disposed as trash. Businesses, institutions, government agencies, and non-profit organizations in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont can become members by creating free accounts and posting listings for available items.
"Providing individuals and institutions easy access to recycling services is the challenge that 'The Reuse Marketplace' is aiming to solve," said MassDEP Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell. "People want to recycle because they know it's the right thing to do, and business wants to reduce costs, so giving them the opportunity to work together is the ultimate goal."
Members may post detailed listings of wanted items, specifying the types of items they need. While anyone can browse and access the posted items, only members can post items to offer. Actual exchange transactions are carried out directly between interested parties.
As a materials exchange, The Reuse Marketplace (http://www.reusemarketplace.org) replaces individual state materials exchanges and allows for material flow to occur regionally across state borders. The Reuse Marketplace includes more than 30 categories of items ranging from agricultural to textiles, as well as more than 60 related subcategories. The site is intended to help businesses, institutions, government agencies and non-profits reduce waste and save money on trash disposal by finding new owners for their unwanted items.
The Reuse Marketplace site administrator is The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), (www.nerc.org), a regional non-profit dedicated to an environmentally sustainable economy through source and toxicity reduction, reuse, recycling, and green purchasing. NERC is responsible for reviewing the site membership requests and all listings prior to them being posted.
Reuse is an important part of managing solid waste and a productive economy that advances waste reduction by keeping goods and materials out of the waste stream. With few exceptions, reuse is even more effective than recycling in creating less air and water pollution, and reduces the strain on valuable resources, such as fuel, forests and water supplies.
In addition to MassDEP, NERC has established this program with assistance from the following agencies: Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection; Delaware Solid Waste Authority; New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; and the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation. Businesses involved in the program include: All American Waste; Casella Waste Systems; Global Plastics Recycling; GreenCycle; Harvest Power; Wheelabrator Technologies; and the Willimantic Waste Paper Company.
Additional states and businesses are invited to participate in and support this effort. Please contact Lynn Rubinstein at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-254-3636 for more information.
MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.