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EPA Launches New Marketplace for Businesses, Hospitals to Reduce Landfill Waste

04/14/2017

 

 

Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler announced last week the launch of a new online platform for Ohio businesses, not-for-profits and government organizations to advertise and acquire scrap and by-product materials that might otherwise be destined for disposal in landfills. The new Ohio Materials Marketplace is a free online platform allowing these organizations to connect and find solutions to material reuse and recycling needs.
 
Examples of materials posted on the marketplace and their potential reuses include common items such as bulk wooden pallets to be used for mulch base or used bricks to be used for building materials. Other items reflect materials from industrial processes such as spent foundry sand to be mixed with potting soil and specialized items such as spent hydro-treating catalyst to be used for metals recovery.
 
Along with browsing for materials, users of the marketplace can post wanted items to seek items that may serve as substitutes for raw materials or other items they currently purchase. Examples of such requests that have been posted thus far include bulk alumina oxide for metals harvesting or recovery and bulk food waste in packaging to be used for aerobic digestion/energy recovery.
 
Users of the Ohio Materials Marketplace can make or save money by finding a market for their unwanted materials and avoiding landfill tipping fees. Buyers save money by having access to sellers' discounted or free materials. Ohio's environment benefits by having more material removed from the waste stream.
Ohio is the first state in the U.S. to adopt a circular economy program of this scope and scale.
 
For more information on the Ohio Materials Marketplace and to get involved, please visit the program website at ohio.materialsmarketplace.org.
 
To attend an Ohio EPA webinar on April 19 that will describe the platform and its benefits, register here.
 
If you have specific questions about the program, please contact Joseph Klatt at  materials.marketplace@epa.ohio.gov or 614-644-2798.
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