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 Ecology Action, the Yale Center for Industrial Ecology, the Ohio State University’s Center for Resilience 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.

Have a particularly challenging material with no immediate match? We will expand our network to find a solution or engage entrepreneurs who could use it as a new business feedstock.

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. 

Some assets may need to be moved quickly, or fit the criteria for the Sustainable Surplus Exchange

Sustainable Surplus Exchange harvests usable “retired” business assets from companies and redistributes them in support of the community, especially schools and nonprofits. SSE founder Sue Prelozni was determined to reduce waste of viable goods unnecessarily sent to landfills, and at the same time, benefit all regional community groups with business-donated surplus.

In the current economy of reduced funding for academia, thinning donations to charitable organizations and growing low-income community needs on the one side, and the growing social responsibility of a green-minded business community on the other, Sustainable Surplus Exchange was envisioned as a timely intermediary to match ongoing needs for basic supplies with surplus goods. 

Participation in the Materials Marketplace doesn't take a major time and staff commitment, and your company/organization account can be configured for a variety of setups and needs.

one facility and single user

Ideal for small businesses, where the company administrator also has knowledge of their material inputs, waste and by-products.

one facility, multiple users

Ideal for larger single-facility businesses where multiple users may be sourcing materials, and managing waste and by-products. A single company administrator can manage all users from one account as well.


Multiple facilities, multiple users

For large companies with multiple facilities, each individual location can be added to the marketplace, have it's own users, and a single company administrator account to keep track of it all.

Program requirements are also fairly straightforward. All we ask is that you:

  • List your wishlist materials within 30 days of joining the program. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis for those without immediate materials needs, or those scoping new business opportunities.
  • Report the date completed, quantity, and monetary value if applicable of all program-facilitated transactions within 7 days of transaction completion. If the transaction is an ongoing transaction, also report the frequency at which the transactions occurs (weekly, monthly, etc) and the end date if applicable.
  • And try to attend project working meetings and events to get to know other participants.