Earlier today Sarah reminded us about Freecycle as one way to responsibly get rid of unwanted stuff. Here's another option: Recycle Match. Think of it like a dating service for trash. Recycle Match is a service takes the stuff companies don't want and finds someone who can put it to good use.
According to Recycle Match:
RecycleMatch is the first online B2B marketplace for business recycling and zero waste, allowing companies to buy, sell or give waste and commodity recyclables.
The company's goal is to make landfills obsolete by making the commodity recycling market more efficient and opening up new markets for the 7.7 billion tons of commercially generated non-hazardous materials currently considered waste. RecycleMatch is making the $47 billion commodity recycling market more efficient, helping companies reduce the $22 billion spent to landfill materials, and creating new markets for those materials that are estimated to be worth $20 billion. RecycleMatch connects companies that have waste with those seeking to reuse, upcycle, recycle or downcycle materials in a wide range of industries.
I think this is a great idea, there is so much waste produced by companies that is usable and valuable to others but currently has no avenue to get from one to the other. By facilitating this, Recycle Match creates great service that can greatly reduce waste.
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