Website for surplus materials goes national
A materials ‘dating’ website, which has already diverted nearly 4,000 tonnes of material from landfill and saved businesses over £400,000 in the East of England, has been so successful that it has gone national.
If the success continues as expected, the model could well go on to be used in every region in the UK.
Businesses, organisations or individuals that use the service can view or place adverts about redundant stock and surplus raw materials and then find a ‘match', saving businesses money, and keeping useful materials in circulation and out of landfill. By increasing the numbers of counties that are involved, there is now be a much higher chance of businesses finding a suitable match.
Richard Ellis, chair of the East of England Development Agency (EEDA), a major funder of the scheme, said: "Encouraging businesses to view resource efficiency as an opportunity and not a threat is essential, so it is excellent news that the scheme is being replicated in other parts of the country. By expanding the reach of the website more businesses will not only save money, but also be made aware of the resources they use and environmental damage that landfill can cause."
So far, the website has received four million hits, and this is set to grow further as it expands into Yorkshire.
Simon Best, assistant business coordinator for Norfolk County Council, said: "Eastex is a truly innovative response to the need for sustainable waste management. It is a mature, proven technology, which is the most advanced public materials-exchange system in the world.
"We are delighted to see this successful idea being replicated in other parts of the country. It is still rare for best practice in one region to be picked up by another but Eastex is well on the way to becoming an established national model for materials exchanges."
Eastex was developed from a number of successful county-based materials exchanges in the East of England and a Norfolk County Council-instigated web technology platform. The website service is supported by county-based managers who play an important part in promoting the service, brokering exchanges and stimulating further activity.
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