[GRRN] materials exchange

Veronica Torres (rontorent@surfnetusa.com)
Thu, 12 Aug 1999 18:12:58 -0700

Hello all,
I would like to share my experience with material reuse listings. Here in
California we have PROMAX run by Ecology Action where you can post materials
wanted and available materials. I recently started a business utilizing the
online auctions. I needed shipping materials so I consulted PROMAX. I now
have two contacts in my community where I am able to get all of the
cardboard boxes, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, shredded paper, etc that I
need. I keep Ecology Action informed as to the quantity I "divert." The
only packing material that I have had to pay for is tape (before I found out
about #1 below). If you have ever priced bubble wrap, you will realize how
big a dollar savings this resource offers. Not to mention doing a good turn
for the planet.

Two interesting things that might not be common knowledge:
1. The United States Postal Service provides Priority Mail supplies free of
charge. This includes tape and various sizes of boxes. They will also
pre-print your return address on Priority Mail labels for FREE. All of this
can be ordered over the phone and delivered to you by the same carrier that
is going to your house anyway. Call 1-800-222-1811 for more information.

2. You can dial 1-800-828-2214 to find out about businesses in your area
which will accept packing materials for reuse. It is my intent to share
this number with my clients to (hopefully) extend the lifetime of the
packing material. This system is automated. When I called I didn't even
have to put in my phone number or anything. The system just started giving
me the name and contact information for local folks that want packing

I love the idea that one person's trash is another person's treasure.
Material exchange listings are great!
Veronica Torres

----- Original Message -----
From: Gary Liss <gary@garyliss.com>
To: <recycle@envirolink.org>
Cc: <greenyes@earthsystems.org>; <recycle@envirolink.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 12, 1999 5:00 PM
Subject: Re: CBOT Recycling Exchange

> David,
> I'd recommend getting linked with E-Bay, Yahoo and other auction sites.
> Gary Liss
> 916-652-7850
> Fax: 916-652-0485
> At 05:36 PM 08/12/1999 -0400, David Biddle wrote:
> >Hi All (and sorry for cross postings),
> >
> >I'm working with the National Recycling Coalition increase usage of the
> Chicago Board of Trade's Recycling Exchange (www.cbot-recycle.com).
> >
> >If you have been a user at any time and would like to let me know your
> thoughts on how we can get people to use the system more, give me a ring
> (215-247-2974) or e-mail me directly at biddlecswr@email.msn.com (please
> don't mail to the entire list).
> >
> >If you haven't used the system, but are interested in finding out more,
> to www.cbot-recycle.com. You can check out a fair amount without
> registering, or you can gain full access to the system for the small one
> time fee of $10.00.
> >
> >My most pressing job on this project is to facilitate trade (which means
> I'm here to assist anyone who would like help with a trade match - whether
> you are a buyer or a seller...novice or expert), so if you are a user and
> would like help making the trading system work, contact me at your
> convenience and I'd be glad to help in any way I can.
> >
> >Sincerely,
> >
> >
> >David Biddle
> >CBOT Recycling Exchange Trade Facilitator
> >215-247-2974 biddlecswr@email.msn.com
> >
> >Attachment Converted: "C:\WINWORD\CBOTRecy.htm"
> >
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