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Solid Waste in New England

Reuse in New England: Materials Exchanges
July 2010

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Materials exchanges help to connect those with unwanted materials to those looking for the same type of material. Most exchanges provide newsletters, catalogs, or on-line listings of "materials available" or "materials wanted". For the most part, exchanges do not directly handle the material, but serve as a contact point or broker. The fee structure for each exchange varies from no fee, a voluntary donation, or a percentage of the net value of the material. Material exchanges promote reuse and help keep materials out of the solid waste stream. We also encourage you to look into local and community organizations that may offer material exchanges.

If you have questions or suggestions for additions/corrections to this list, contact:

Christine Beling (beling.christine@epa.gov)
EPA New England (SPP)
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code: OES04-1
Boston, MA 02109-3912
Phone: 617-918-1792

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Regional/New England Materials Exchanges

Craig's List
Address: P.O. Box 225159, San Francisco, CA 94122-5159
Description: Craig's List is a giant Internet bulletin board where people buy and sell their stuff. Listings are free and serve all of New England.

Address: P.O. Box 294, Tucson, AZ 85702
Email: info@freecycle.org
Description: This website allows people across the country and internationally to exchange used items.  Users can also specify that they want their items to go to a nonprofit cause.  Everything posted must be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages.

Uncle Henry's Swap it or Sell it Guide
Description: Uncle Henry's is a free weekly classified ad publication with a print version that is distributed all over New England. An Internet bulletin board is also available where people can buy and sell things. Listings are free and serve all of New England, with an emphasis on Maine.


Maine Materials Exchange
Address: 93 Marquiot Dr., Freeport, ME 04032
Phone: 207-865-6621
Contact: Harold Arndt (h.arndt@m2x.com)
Description: This organization runs an on-line listing of materials at their web site (reflected in the warehouse inventory when appropriate!) NOT ALL Products are accepted into the warehouse! Listings are free; service/processing fees may be charged for successful exchanges. Acceptable materials include industrial bi-products, equipment and machinery, chemicals (listing only!), appliances, construction materials, electronics, leather, medical and office supplies/equipment, and paper/cardboard.


City of Newton Reusable Materials Exchange
The City of Newton Reusable Materials Exchange is a web service which provides residents with a convenient way to sell, trade or give away used or surplus items that would otherwise be disposed of. You can post listings of items and materials you wish to dispose of or browse for those currently available in your area. Each listing contains a description of the material or item, contact information, and in some cases cost and delivery information. The actual exchange transactions are carried out directly between the interested parties.

Mass Material Trader Web
Address: 1 Winter St., 6th floor, Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-348-4076
Contact: Brian LaValle (brian.lavalle@state.ma.us)
Description: The Mass Material Trader is intended to help businesses in Massachusetts find, sell, trade, or give away useful used or surplus materials that would otherwise be disposed of.

New Hampshire

Donation Networks
Address: 221 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH 03104
Phone: 603-624-6102 (Manchester) or 603-886-7147 (Nashua)
Description: Donation Networks (A division of MaxImpact Institute) is a non-profit organization serving schools and non-profit organizations across New England and beyond. They accept used computer equipment, office equipment and supplies, supplies for arts and crafts, and other products for distribution to non-profit organizations and schools within New England through two warehouse locations in Nashua and Manchester.

Rhode Island

The Free Market
Address: RIRRC, 65 Shun Pike, Johnston, RI 02919
Phone: 401-942-1430
Email: info@freemarketri.org
Description: There are two Materials Exchanges for Rhode Island: the Free Xchange is a listing service for residents who want to give or get free reusable goods for the home, garage and garden; the Resource Xchange (listed below) is geared for local businesses.

Address: RIRRC, 65 Shun Pike, Johnston, RI 02919
Phone: 401-942-1430 x115
Contact: Paul Caccia (PaulC@rirrc.org)
Email: info@resourcexchange.org
Description: The ResourceXchange is a free, online service provided by the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation. It was designed to create a link between businesses that have a surplus of waste materials, and other businesses that may have a use for them. Listings are free and there are no finder's or subscription fees.


Vermont Business Materials Exchange (VBMeX)
Address: c/o Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. (NERC), 139 Main Street, Suite 401, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Phone: 802-254-3636
Fax: 802-254-5870
Contact: Mary Ann Remolador (maryann@nerc.org), VBMX Administrator
Description: Online listings of materials previously used by businesses, non-profits, and municipalities.

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