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750 Businesses/Organizations Using Ohio EPA Materials Marketplace; 3.5 Million Pounds Removed from Waste Stream in First Year
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler today highlighted early successes of the Ohio Materials Marketplace (OMM) and invited businesses and organizations across the state to join the free online service for advertising and acquiring potentially useful products and materials that might otherwise be destined for disposal in landfills.
“Ohio businesses diverted 3.5 million pounds of ‘waste material’ from landfills this year as a result of exchanges on our marketplace, saving businesses an estimated $200,000 in disposal costs,” Director Butler said. “I encourage large and small businesses and organizations throughout Ohio to join this free service. It makes good business sense and represents a new way of thinking about how we can reuse materials that might otherwise be thrown away in landfills.”
Launched by Ohio EPA in 2017, more than 750 Ohio businesses and organizations have signed up for OMM, which currently features 155 items listed as available and several hundred materials listed as wanted.
Among the diverse items exchanged between businesses this year are wood pallets, plastic and steel storage containers/drums, expanded polypropylene packaging, spent lime and industrial machinery.
OMM is managed by Ohio EPA staff, who market the site to potential users, verify that users (and items posted) meet qualifications to participate, and actively work to facilitate connections between users. The site is specifically designed as a business-to-business or business-to-community exchange for recyclables and reusable materials. Products and byproducts recirculate productively through reuse, remanufacturing, recycling and maintenance. Users of OMM can make or save money by finding a market for their unwanted materials and reducing disposal costs; buyers save money by accessing sellers’ discounted (or free) materials; and Ohio’s environment benefits by removing more material from the waste stream.
The program was launched with support from the not-for-profit United States Business Council for Sustainable Development. For more information or to sign up for the Ohio Materials Marketplace go to: ohio.materialsmarketplace.org.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.