Join the Circular Economy in Tennessee

The Tennessee Materials Marketplace connects businesses to develop and scale new reuse and recycling market opportunities.


manufacturers: find new solutions for challenging waste and by-product materials

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recyclers: amplify the good work you’re already doing, find new customers and new buyers


entrepreneurs: find suitable materials and innovate to build new reuse and recycling businesses

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The Tennessee Materials Marketplace aims to create a collaborative network of businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs where one organization’s hard-to-recycle waste and by-products becomes another organization’s raw material.

In addition to diverting waste from landfills, these recovery activities generate significant cost savings, energy savings, and create new jobs and business opportunities.

Business Led

The platform is a safe and secure tool for your business. Participation creates true triple-bottom-line benefits; creating economic value, and positive environmental and social impact.

Technology Enabled

The program's growth and scale is enabled by the Materials Marketplace platform, a cloud-based marketplace for posting, finding and exchanging underutilized materials.

Award Winning

The Materials Marketplace has won awards from the World Economic Forum, Environmental Leader, and the International Economic Development Council.

Actively Facilitated

We actively push out recommendations for matches by leveraging best practices from our case study library, international network of material reuse projects, and technical partners; and overcome barriers through a facilitated process.

Economic and Environmental Impact

The Tennessee Materials Marketplace program breaks down barriers to cross-industry collaboration and helps companies identify opportunities to minimize waste and create efficiencies.


The Materials Marketplace creates measurable economic, greenhouse gas, environmental and social impact.


Real-time Program Metrics:

Benefit from significant economic savings by sourcing cheaper feedstocks from industrial by-products and recycled materials,  as well as reduce landfill disposal fees.

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In addition to GHG reductions, the Materials Marketplace can create additional positive environmental impacts through better and more efficient use of materials.

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Material production and use comprises 42 percent of system-wide GHG emissions in the U.S. Materials reuse is a proven strategy to reduce your company's carbon footprint.

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Globally, the circular economy is a trillion dollar opportunity, with the potential to create 100,000 new jobs by 2019. The marketplace can help stimulate this job growth in Tennessee.

How it works and how to join

The Materials Marketplace enables participants to easily share details on materials available or desired, identify reuse opportunities, and exchange underutilized materials. Over 2,000 companies - large and small - academic institutions, non-profits and entrepreneurs are using the Materials Marketplace around the world.  


Get in touch with someone on our project team using the button below.

Participation is open to any company or organization in or near Tennessee that wants to explore new opportunities to transform waste materials into new products, or secure recycled material streams to reduce use of virgin feedstocks.

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Create Value

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Do Good for the Environment

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Reduce CO2

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Stimulate & Inspire Local Jobs