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Material Exchanges

Government organizations are indicated by (GOV)

Nonprofit organizations are indicated by (NP)

Provided below is a sample of material exchanges from around the country. For a more comprehensive list, visit the National Listing of Internet Waste Exchanges .

  • American Builders Surplus
    This site has been designed for construction professionals to trade, buy, and sell materials and equipment on line.
  • Bid on Equipment
    Bid on Equipment is the leading marketplace for reselling your machinery or locating the right equipment to upgrade and expand your business at the right price.
  • Business Material Exchange of Wisconsin (BMEX)
    A clearinghouse that matches manufacturers and other businesses that need materials with companies that have reusable, surplus, or by-product materials available. Assists manufacturers and other businesses to improve their economic and environmental performance through material reuse and recycling.
  • (GOV) California Materials Exchange (CalMAX)
    A free service designed to help businesses find markets for materials they have traditionally discarded. Helps businesses, industries, and institutions save resources and money.
  • (NP) ElectronicXchange.Org
    A clearinghouse and repository for businesses and government agencies looking for information regarding electronic equipment recovery and recycling.
  • (NP) Excess Access LLC
    An Internet database service that matches donors and recipients who are in the same geographical area.
  • (NP) Freecycle
    The Freecycle Network™ is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots movement of people who are giving and getting stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is run by a local volunteer moderator. Membership is free.
  • (GOV) Illinois Industrial Materials Exchange Service (IMES)
    An information clearinghouse, directory, and marketing facilitator for reusable industrial materials. Deals with waste by-products, off-spec items, hazardous and nonhazardous materials, overstock, and damaged or unwanted materials.
  • (GOV) Industrial Materials Exchange (IMEX)
    A free service designed to match businesses that produce wastes, industrial by-products, or surplus materials with businesses that need them.
    Turn trash into treasure with an i-WasteNot materials exchange system.
  • (NP) L.A. SHARES
    Materials reuse program that accepts donated materials from the local business community. See Profiles for more information.
  • (NP) Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts (MECCA)
    Provides affordable arts education to the Lane County community through hands-on opportunities for creative reuse and artistic expression. See Profiles for more information.
  • (GOV) Minnesota Materials Exchange
    The Minnesota Materials Exchange program is a free service that links organizations that have reusable goods they no longer need to those who can use them.
  • (NP) Montana Material Exchange (MME)
    Provides a mechanism for reusing or recycling unwanted, but usable, materials. Maintains and distributes listings of materials available and materials wanted from individuals and local and international companies.
  • (NP) Reuse Marketplace
    A free website where businesses, governments, institutions, and non-profits in the participant states can post reusable and surplus materials. The site is managed by the Northeast Recycling Council.
  • (NP) Surplus Exchange
    Collects discarded and surplus business equipment from area, regional, and national businesses, and provides the materials to nonprofit organizations.
  • (GOV) Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
    A materials exchange network established by the Texas Legislature to promote the reuse of industrial wastes.

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