Post your totes (IBCs) on the Materials Marketplace
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Rescue your floor space, guilt and risk free.

Empty totes take up space, not just in your facility but also in our overcrowded landfills. You can use the Tennessee Materials Marketplace to help get them out of your way, knowing they will be given another life or disposed of properly.

It is simple and risk free to find out if this will work for you and your totes. Create a free listing to get started in the Marketplace and provide some information on your totes (or any other items you’d like to see reused). Once the items are posted, you’ll start to receive inquiries. When you like an offer, take it. If not, you can take your totes listing and go home. No risk.

Daniel Kietzer
Success Story: The J.M. Smucker Company and Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations Reuse & Recycle Shrink Wrap
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Generator of Material: The J.M. Smucker Company in Lexington, KY

Amount of Material: 3-4 tons annually

Material Diverted: Shrink wrap plastic film, on a cardboard core

Receiver of Material: Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations in Nashville, TN

Environmental Impact: 12-13 metric tons of CO2 equivalent savings

Total Savings and Value Creation: $10,500 per year

Respect for the environment has been a focus of The J.M. Smucker Company since its founding in 1897. Smucker has established specific environmental goals to reduce its impacts related to waste, water and greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, including diverting 95 percent of waste from landfills. To help reach these goals, the Lexington team joined the Materials Marketplace.

The plant had been working to find alternatives for the discarded film rolls from their shrink wrap machines. The mostly-spent rolls still have valuable material on them but because the film is still on a cardboard core, it is too costly to be processed by their current recycler.

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When they posted these shrink wrap rolls to the Materials Marketplace, they were discovered by Dynamic. Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations is a full-service electronics and materials lifecycle management company providing solutions for IT asset disposition, electronics recycling, product refurbishment, remarketing and more with locations in Onalaska, WI; Nashville, TN.; and Minneapolis, MN. Dynamic is dedicated to protecting the environment by keeping reusable materials out of the world’s waste streams and believed they could use the discarded rolls to replace new rolls they purchase to package goods for delivery. When they have used all they can, the leftover film and the core are ethically recycled. Even more, they are able to work with Smucker to pick up the material on backhaul trips by their fleet.

By diverting these spent rolls, Smucker is able to get closer to their overall goals and realize cost savings from the 3-4 tons of material going to landfill. Dynamic is able to put that material to beneficial use and save around $10,000 per year in new film purchases. This reuse application results in a reduction of 12 metric tons of CO2 equivalent.

Daniel Kietzer
What's new in the Tennessee Materials Marketplace

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187

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materials listings

We have over 130 materials listings in the Tennessee Materials Marketplace from across Tennessee, including:

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PP Regrind

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PET Polyester Airbag Scrap

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Hard Slag and Granulated Slag

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PP/PE Bottle Caps Regrind

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Wood Mulch

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Milling Dust

Interested in any of these materials? You can sign up for the Tennessee Materials Marketplace free of charge and quickly get in touch with these materials' owners. Head over to our join page and sign up today.

Daniel Kietzer
By the Numbers - Users and Materials in the Marketplace Today


What's in the Marketplace?

Companies have created listings for a variety of materials so far, including:

  • Rubber By-products
  • Hand Carts
  • Large Transformers
  • Agricultural Lime
  • Scrap Pallets and Wood
  • Electric Motors
  • Caged Totes
  • Plastic Films
  • HDPE Plastic
  • Cardboard
  • Fabric Scraps

Interested in any of these materials? You can sign up for the Tennessee Materials Marketplace free of charge and quickly get in touch with these materials' owners. Head over to our join page and sign up today.

Daniel Kietzer
Announcing the Launch of the Tennessee Materials Marketplace

New circular economy program connects businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs to uncover and implement new creative solutions for hard-to-recycle wastes and by-products

Franklin, Tennessee - August 14, 2017: The US Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation today announced the launch of a new online platform that allows for circular reuse of products and materials that might otherwise be destined for disposal in landfills. Through the cloud-based Tennessee Materials Marketplace, traditional and non-traditional waste streams are matched with new product and revenue opportunities, ultimately enabling the culture shift to a circular, closed-loop economy. 

Tennessee is the second state in the US to adopt a circular economy program of this scope and scale; and joins an international network of Materials Marketplace projects already underway across the globe, including the Ohio and Austin Materials Marketplaces, US Materials Marketplace, and the Turkey Materials Marketplace.

In addition to facilitating reuse matches, the program also allows for collaborations to be made between Tennessee’s larger manufacturers working towards zero-landfill and highest and best use of materials like General Motors and American Snuff, and agile and innovative small and medium-sized businesses. 

Over the past 20 years, Materials Marketplace projects spearheaded by the US BCSD and scale-up partner Pathway21 have engaged hundreds of companies - large and small - academic institutions, nonprofits and entrepreneurs around the world. Andrew Mangan, Founder and Executive Director of the US BCSD, says “Many businesses and organizations in Tennessee are challenging the traditional take-make-dispose model; the Materials Marketplace is an important enabler to move this new circular thinking into action.

Additional Background/How to Get Involved:

  • Visit the program's website at http://tennessee.materialsmarketplace.org for more information and steps for how to get involved. It's a quick and easy process.
  • Participation is free for any company or organization with operations in or near the state that wants to explore new opportunities to transform by-product/waste materials into new products, or secure recycled material streams to reduce use of virgin feedstocks.
  • The US BCSD manages the Tennessee Materials Marketplace, with initial funding support from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. 
Daniel Kietzer
What is the Materials Marketplace?
The Materials Marketplace is an award-winning regional and national platform to facilitate company-to-company industrial reuse. Through the cloud-based platform, traditional and non-traditional industrial waste streams are matched with new product and revenue opportunities, ultimately enabling the culture shift to a circular, closed-loop economy.
Daniel Kietzer