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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 components.

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 County Council.

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 

April 2003

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