iWasteNot Systems & Our Clients in the News
Introducing "SharedHarvest.net" Food Exchange
iWasteNot Systems is proud to introduce the SharedHarvest Food Exchange, a new online resource for communities to address issues related to food production, distribution and waste. This new type of exchange works like an online farmers' market and food bank rolled into one. By supplying a single donation point for what would otherwise be wasted food and a marketplace to allow local producers to easily reach local consumers, the site can help to:
- Reduce food waste
- Benefit those in need
- Catalyze a market for locally-produced food
Vancouver Pursues Zero-Waste Goal
The Seattle-based online magazine WorldChanging highlights the Recycling Council of British Columbia's efforts in waste reduction in this great article. Part of the strategy includes their networked online materials exchanges listed at www.rcbc.bc.ca.
Calgary Materials Exchange wins an Emerald Award
Thurston County, Washington's Solid Waste Education Team wins Award
Congratulations to The Thurston County Solid Waste education team who received the 2008 Outstanding Public Education Award from the Washington State Recycling Association. It's worth noting, Thurston County saw a 42 percent increase in use of their 2good2toss.com materials exchange in the last year! Read the full article in the Olympian.
Check out our Newest Exchanges - E-waste, Biomass & More!
In the last few months, we've implemented 10 new iWasteNot Systems exchanges across North America, including some new types of exchanges focused on e-waste, biomass and agriculture. In some cases, our existing clients have added different types of exchanges to their network. For example, the Recycling Council of British Columbia, in partnership with other sponsors added 3 more Residential Exchanges, as well as an Electronics Exchange. We'd like to welcome all of our new administrators!
Type of Exchange: E-waste
Site Administrator: Harvinder Gill
Site Sponsors: Recycling Council of British Columbia in partnership with the Electronics Product Stewardship Association of B.C.
Type of Exchange: Construction and Demolition
Site Administrators: Leigh Peters, Zachary Clayton, Abby VanWaning
Site Sponsors: City of Chicago
Type of Exchange: Industrial, Commercial & Institutional Surplus
Site Administrators: Nancy Crickman, Michele Romolini
Site Sponsors: Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers' Environmental Management Assistance Program, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
Type of Exchange: Biomass
Site Administrators: Nancy Crickman, Michele Romolini
Site Sponsors:Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers and the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
Type of Exchange: Agriculture
Site Administrators: Joanne Throwe, Elizabeth Skane and Gretchen Sweeney
Site Sponsors: Environmental Finance Center located at the National Center for Smart Growth, University of Maryland
Type of Exchange: In-House
Site Administrator: Laura Kohut
Site Sponsor: Vancouver Coastal Health
Website: http://www.hamilton.reuses.com/ Type of Exchange: Residential Site Administrator: Hamilton-Wentworth Green Venture Site Sponsors: Green Venture, City of Hamilton, Conserver Society of Hamilton & District The RCBC, through partnerships with the regions and municipalities of Okanagan, Thompson-Nicola and Columbia Shuswap, has added 3 new residential exchanges. Harvinder Gill, Renee Geronimo and Jennifer Ellis administer all of these sites.
Online Marketplace Designed for Farmers
Recycling Council of British Columbia & the Success of Surrey Reuses
reprinted from bclocalnews.com Recycling interest surges By Jeff Nagel - BC Local News - May 16, 2008 Public demand for information on how to recycle is surging, according to the Recycling Council of B.C. The council says it's recycling hotline (604-RECYCLE) is logging about 60 per cent more calls so far in 2008. Calls from Metro Vancouver residents leapt from 4,400 to 7,000 in April alone. "The numbers are way up in Metro Vancouver," said executive director Brock MacDonald. "People are really keen to know what they can do." Three quarters of all calls come from Metro Vancouver. Interest is partly attributed to Metro Vancouver's January move to ban more materials from landfills and its Zero Waste Challenge initiative. The Recycling Council web site, at www.rcbc.bc.ca, is B.C.'s main clearinghouse for information on what can be recycled and where to take it. MacDonald also said www.surrey.reuses.com has so far proven the most successful of a series of partner sites dedicated to helping people give away or sell unwanted items.
Maryland's Agriculture Exchange is featured in Americanfarm.com
Washington's 2good2toss.com is an "Online garage sale site aiming to reduce waste"
Okanagan Reuses dubbed remedy for "Affluenza"
...reprinted from December 8, 2007 article in bclocalnews.com. Combat “affluenza” at Okanagan Reuses.com Rampant consumerism and commercialism (a.k.a. affluenza) got you feeling holiday blue? Here’s a way to shop less, re-use and recycle, and help the environment - with www.okanagan.reuses.com. You never know what free – or almost free – things you can find at this trading post style website. “This is a great concept in gift giving not only at this time of year, but anytime for that matter,” says Assistant Waste Reduction Coordinator Rae Stewart. “If you’re looking for a unique gift for that special someone and don’t want to spend a whole bunch of money, or perhaps you have stuff to give away that could bring a smile to someone else, this is the place to do it. Okanagan Reuses.com is all about finding a new home or new use for stuff that others no longer have a need for. And best of all, you can do it from the carbon footprint-conscious ease of your own armchair.” Stewart says recent swaps at okanagan.reuses.com include everything from a ping pong table, to an igloo dog house to an almost new toaster oven. Stewart adds “With 36 categories of items to choose from, it’s easy enough to find something for everyone on your list!” Stewart says that, “Ten months into the okanagan.reuses.com website, and already there has been over ten thousand kg of stuff traded, given away, or sold for next to nothing. That’s a huge amount of material that’s found a useful life elsewhere and been diverted from our landfills.” In order to use okanagan.reuses.com you must first become a member, but membership is free, and simply ensures the listing service isn’t misused. If you are looking for a specific item, you can simply post your request on the site, and you’ll be matched up with anyone wanting to get rid of the same item. If you have items to give away or sell for less than $100, these items can also be posted on the website for free. For more info, visit www.okanagan.reuses.com, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 469-6250.
Washington State's 2Good2Toss.com in the Olympian
Clean Calgary and the Calgary Materials Exchange Featured
iWasteNot Systems' first biomass exchange, Pennsylvania's manuretrader.org
...is already in the news! See the Pittsburg Tribune Review article here. Congratulations to Nancy Crickmann and Michele Romolini of the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers for their success with both materialtrader.org and manuretrader.org.
Vancouver Reuses endorsed by David Suzuki
The prominent Canadian environmentalist, David Suzuki, gave a plug to an exchange managed by the Recycling Council of British Columbia, Vancouver Reuses.
Read the Vancouver Sun article here.
Congratulations to the RCBC!