Excess Materials Exchange is digital matching platform that identifies high-value reuse options for excess materials or waste products that a company produces. 

TARGET USERS: Individuals, Businesses, Government

KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Any material, component or product can be exchanged on the EME, however in their pilot they unlocked the potential across 18 streams.

    MORE INFORMATION: https://excessmaterialsexchange.com/

    Collections: RECYCLING, REUSE


    Far too many resources and secondary materials are disposed of prematurely, this is a failure of the current linear market structure. However, there is a growing call for Circular models that place great value on keeping resources in circulation for fitting applications.



    Excess Materials Exchange (EME) is a digital platform that unlocks the potential of excess materials and products by matching them to their highest value uses. They give materials, products and waste streams a new high-value reuse destination.

    Here’s how it works: 

    1. Resources Passport

    The Resources Passport gives an overview of the composition, the origin, the toxicity or deconstructability of the material or product, among other things. The passport provides the material or product with an ‘identity’.


    1. Tracking and Tracing

    With tracking and tracing identifiers like barcodes, QR codes and chips, they effectively match physical materials to their digital Resources Passport. This makes it possible to follow the materials throughout their life-cycles.


    1. Valuation

    They identify the maximum potential value that can be derived from a material, product or waste stream, and calculate the financial, environmental and social impacts.


    1. Matchmaking

    They then match the material or product to a new reuse option and innovation partners within their EME network.



    Similar online platforms exist, one such solution was developed by the City of Austin, Texas called the Materials Marketplace, along with the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development.



    EME’s Pilot Report can be downloaded at the following link: https://excessmaterialsexchange.com/pilot-report-release/

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