The Mark Of Zero

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Featured Resource - Material Exchange Network (RENEW)

This month the Zero Waste Network unveiled the first multi-state materials exchange system. This program is an expansion of Texas’ Resource Exchange Network for Eliminating Waste (RENEW) catalogue, which helps companies exchange, even profit from, materials that would otherwise be disposed of. This project was initiated by the TCEQ, EPA’s Resource Conservation Challenge, and the Zero Waste Network. Oklahoma’s DEQ and several other partners have already committed to using the tool to promote material exchanges. These partners will review the exchanges to ensure quality.

The new on-line system allows facilities to post excess materials available at their facility or search for materials available from other facilities. Several enhancements are being developed to allow people to get email notifications for desired materials or use mapping features to see materials available near their facility. Facilities who post materials can avoid disposal costs and possibly reduce their regulatory burden. Searching available materials helps you find raw materials for your facility at a reduced cost - often free.

Since its inception, the Texas RENEW program has:

- Transferred 916 million pounds of materials,
- Saved companies $15.9 million, and
- Given businesses earnings of $11.3 million.

Expanding the program to other states will encourage even greater results.

There is no charge to list wanted or available materials on the RENEW Web site.

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