Cass County, MN Materials Exchange Program

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Cass County, MN, US

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Type: Program

Status: Ongoing

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North Central Materials Exchange - MATEX
Cass, Crow Wing, and Hubbard counties have teamed up with the Minnesota Materials Exchange program to offer exciting new opportunities to reduce waste and to reuse materials in northern Minnesota.

See local MATEX listings for Cass, Crow Wing, and Hubbard counties.

The materials exchange (MATEX) program is based on the concept that one company's waste product could be another company's raw material. Through a Materials Exchange, companies and organizations can reduce their waste disposal costs by finding other companies, organizations, schools or individuals which could use these waste or surplus materials in their processes or programs. The main purpose of the exchange is to connect businesses and organizations that have reusable goods with those who need them.

Advantages of Materials Exchange

  • Less material enters landfills
  • Participants can locate valuable materials and feedstock free or at reduced cost, locally and statewide
  • Participants can profit from reduced waste disposal costs and from sale of items which would otherwise have been considered "waste"
  • Service is free
  • Materials Exchange programs conserve resources
  • Participants become more environmentally responsible

Businesses and organizations may list usable materials they no longer need on the exchange. Participants may also check the listings for items that they could use in their processes, programs, or services. For example, maybe your business did some remodeling and you have leftover supplies. Those items could be offered on the exchange and a school could use your leftovers in their drama department.

The MATEX will help to match up items wanted with materials available. The participants make final exchange and transportation arrangements with each other. The materials are not physically collected by MATEX for storage or transfer. The service provided by MATEX is free, although a fee may be charged by the listing party for some of the materials.