Ohio launches online marketplace for reuse, recycling

Launched by the state’s Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio Materials Marketplace allows Ohio businesses, not-for-profits and government organizations to list available or needed scrap and byproduct materials such as wood pallets or used bricks. By helping organizations make the connections between wants and needs, the state hopes to create a closed-loop, or circular, economy that minimizes waste. Ohio is the first state in the U.S. to adopt a circular economy program of this scope and scale. The Ohio EPA is paving the way for other states – through a new public-private partnership between the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) – to launch state-level programs modeled on the Ohio Materials Marketplace over the next few years, Recycling Today writes.

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