Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) has announced that The
Materials Exchange internet information service was being extended to
the whole of Cambridgeshire after requests from businesses and support
organisations to make the service available across the county.
The website - www.materials-exchange.org.uk
- promotes the idea that surplus materials or waste from one
organisation could be another company's raw material. The completely
free service aims to assist businesses to find potential users of
their 'waste' and in doing so save them money on disposal costs.
Similarly other businesses will benefit by being able to source
cheaper raw materials.
Antony Gough, Project Manager of
PECT's Business & Environment team, said, "We only launched
the website in mid-November, but already it's generated a lot of
interest from businesses keen to reduce their waste related costs.
We've had support from Cambridgeshire County Council, Greater
Peterborough and Cambridge Chambers of Commerce, Peterborough City
Council, East of England Development Agency, Business Link for
Cambridgeshire, Envirolink UK and the Environment Agency all backing
the idea to extend the service to businesses throughout
Cambridgeshire. With the help of these organisations to promote the
website we can look forward to reducing waste going to landfill and
helping more businesses save money".
Once registered with the site an
organisation will be able to post details of their available materials
on the site and companies looking for materials will be able to browse
the database. Respective organisations are then able to contact each
other and discuss the possibility of a 'waste' exchange. Examples
might include unwanted wooden pallets being used to make garden
furniture, waste paper being re-used as a packaging material or
redundant office equipment being reconditioned or stripped for useful
To facilitate the wider remit of the
web based service, PECT have recruited Fiona Maddocks, a graduate from
the University of Liverpool, who will co-ordinate and promote the
service across Cambridgeshire. Fiona said, "It's an exciting time
to be joining the project and I'm looking forward to getting more
businesses in the region using The Materials Exchange, saving money
and reducing waste".
The Materials Exchange is funded by
the Shanks first Fund and Peterborough City Council and is maintained
by PECT's Business & Environment team. Further funding to help
with the county-wide delivery has been provided by Cambridgeshire
For more details about the website or
reducing your company's waste related costs contact Fiona or Antony on
01733 760882/889 or visit www.materials-exchange.org.uk