The San Diego Materials Marketplace aims to create a closed-loop, collaborative network of businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs in San Diego County where one organization’s hard-to-recycle waste and by-products becomes another organization’s raw material. In addition to diverting waste from landfills, these recovery activities will generate significant cost savings, energy savings, and create new jobs and business opportunities.

step 1

post materials available and/or materials you may be able to use

To foster strong communication and efficient implementation of material reuse opportunities, participants will use an online database where materials needed and available are posted and trades are facilitated. This space is confidential, secure and provides a neutral ground to stimulate creation of innovative reuse solutions.

step 2

we’ll help sort through the data and ID resource matches

Core to the program is a facilitated process that allows companies to understand each other’s material flows and stimulates collaborative, innovative and business-friendly solutions. What starts as an effort to address ‘my’ company’s materials challenges quickly becomes a diverse mix of companies and entrepreneurs working on ‘our’ by-product issues.

step 3

after a quick check of the feasibility, you make the exchange

The project team will support exchanges by leveraging best practices from our extensive case study library, national network of material reuse projects, technical partners that include the Yale Center for Industrial Ecology, the Ohio State University’s Center for Resilience, Sustainable Surplus Exchange and engineering expertise from partner companies.


Following the completion of the transaction, the project team will do the analysis on the exchange and report back on the environmental and economic impact.

Benefit from significant economic savings by sourcing cheaper feedstocks from industrial by-products and recycled materials, and avoid costly landfill disposal fees.

Material production and use comprises 42% of system-wide GHG emissions in the US. Reuse of materials is a proven strategy to reduce your company's carbon footprint.

In addition to GHG reductions, the Materials Marketplace can create additional positive environmental impacts and ensure your compliance with AB341 and AB1826.

Globally, the circular economy is a trillion dollar opportunity, with the potential to create 100,000 new jobs by 2019. We want a lot of these jobs in San Diego County.

The project is hosted on the US BCSD's award-winning Materials Marketplace software. This online tool enables participating companies and project staff to easily post materials available or desired, identify reuse opportunities, and exchange underutilized materials. Hundreds of companies - large and small - academic institutions, non-profits and entrepreneurs are using the Materials Marketplace around the US. 

  • Easy, secure, and confidential data input and by-product transactions.
  • Expert support in reuse opportunity identification and materials exchange facilitation.
  • Engage employees across your organization on creative material reuse; and easily educate users, regardless of prior experience.
  • Environmental and economic benefits of the transactions tracked and reported.
  • The Materials Marketplace is constantly being improved to make it more powerful, visually appealing, and user friendly. 

For assets that need to be moved quickly or fit the criteria for the Sustainable Surplus Exchange, you will be redirected for that assistance. 

Get Involved

Program Champions, by definition, want to explore new opportunities to transform waste materials into new products, or secure secondary material streams to reduce use of virgin feedstocks. Program champions will help build the foundation and early momentum for the launch, engaging a broad range of businesses and entrepreneurs in the San Diego region. You will:

  • Receive full access to the marketplace software post materials available or desired, and exchange materials.
  • Be recognized as a community leader for environmental and economic sustainability.
  • Be given a platform to be educational leaders for other business owners.
  • Be acknowledged on the program website and all communications.
  • Engage as early adopters, enabled to provide input on key issues to be addressed. Examples include organics, furniture, economic development, and US-Mexico collaboration.

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