Trying to get of old wooden pallets, textiles, steel drums or whatever? If your company generates a lot of a specific type of trash on a regular basis, you can always post it online to find a match. My husband shared this website with me and it’s very intriguing. It’s like a personal ad for your trash, except instead of putting the trash in the landfill, you are trying to find a suitable and sustainable match for it.

RecycleMatch.com is an internet marketplace dedicated to matching companies that have waste with companies that can use the materials productively. RecycleMatch is for any company or organization that has commercial volumes of materials can offer them to the marketplace. Here is one case study from the company:

Waste Glass into Countertops and Art – An Energy company underwent a retrofit of their high-rise headquarters in downtown Houston. They had 1000 exterior glass windows that were not acceptable to their existing recycling partner. The company contacted RecycleMatch to find an alternative to landfill for the 180,000 lbs of materials. RecycleMatch created a match and sold the materials to a company that processed the glass to make countertops and tile. RecycleMatch also found a solution for a smaller volume of interior glass that a local artist will re-use for paintings and furniture.

Through Recycle Match, more than 3 million tons of material has been diverted from landfills. That’s a lot of trash!

the author

Originally from Virginia, Jennifer C. Sellers is passionate about sustainability and conservation in South Carolina and throughout the world. She earned her BA in English from Coastal Carolina University and her MAS in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. She is a university sustainability coordinator that implements programs and teaches people about going green and being sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @MyGreenGlasses

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