New Jersey participates in reuse market
In conjunction with six other northeastern states, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced New Jersey’s participation in the newly launched Reuse Marketplace, a web-based resource aimed at exchanging reusable items, reducing waste, saving money and capturing value of excess or unwanted items by finding new owners for these products, equipment or materials.
Reuse Marketplace (www.reusemarketplace.org) is a free regional website that can be tapped by businesses, municipalities, school districts and other institutions and non-profit organizations for posting or obtaining reusable, surplus or barely used materials.
“Reuse is an environmental and economic tool that keeps goods and materials out of the waste stream,’’ said Jane Kozinski, DEP assistant commissioner of environmental management.
Participating states include New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. Participating businesses include All American Waste, Casella Waste Systems, Global Plastics Recycling, GreenCycle, Harvest Power, Wheelabrator Technologies and Willimantic Waste Paper Company.
Reuse members create free accounts and post listings for available items. They also may post detailed wanted listings, specifying the types of items they need. While anyone can browse and access posted items, only members can post items to offer. Actual exchange transactions are carried out directly between interested parties.
The Marketplace includes more than 30 categories of items ranging from agricultural to textiles, plus some 60 related subcategories. Items currently on offer at the site to buy, sell, trade or give away include slate roofing tiles, overhead garage doors, televisions, office supplies, clean fill and even a modular medical building, among many others.
The Reuse Marketplace site administrator is the Northeast Recycling Council (www.nerc.org), a regional non-profit group.