Waste exchanges are markets for buying and selling reusable and recyclable commodities. Some are physical warehouses that advertise available commodities through printed catalogs, while others are simply printed catalogs and web sites that connect buyers and sellers.
State and local governments coordinate some waste exchanges. Others are wholly private, for-profit businesses. T he exchanges also vary in terms of area of service and the types of commodities exchanged. In general, waste exchanges tend to handle all types of materials, including hazardous materials (i.e. excess solvent; not hazardous wastes) , industrial raw materials, and process waste while many material exchanges handle only non-hazardous items.
Typically, the exchanges allow subscribers to post materials available or wanted in a directory listing. Organizations interested in trading posted commodities then contact each other directly. As more and more individuals recognize the power of this unique tool, the number of Internet-accessible materials exchanges continues to grow, particularly in the area of national commodity-specific exchanges.
Lists of waste exchanges throughout the United States are available on the Internet. www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/recycle/jtr/comm/exchange.htm
In addition, the U.S. EPA has released a publication entitled, Review of Industrial Waste Exchanges. Copies are available, free-of-charge, from the RCRA Hotline. Call
(800) 424-9346 or TDD (hearing impaired) (800) 412-7672, and request publication
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State Material Exchange Programs
Review of Industrial Waste Exchanges, Publication #EPA-53-K-94-003. Copies are available, free-of-charge, from the RCRA Hotline. Call (800) 424-9346 or TDD (hearing impaired) (800) 412-7672