WALKER -- Businesses, organizations, schools and governments can participate in a materials exchange program in Cass, Crow Wing and Hubbard Counties.
This MATEX program is connected with Minnesota Materials Exchange Alliance.
Brita Sailer, Cass recycling and waste reduction coordinator, said pallets, bricks, computers, plastic bags and furniture are among the products exchanged so far.
To list or search for materials through MATEX, businesses can call 218-547-7428, FAX to 218-547-2240, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or check the county web site at www.mncasscounty.com.
Information will be listed on the regional exchange or sent out by e-mail for those requesting a service, Sailer said.
MATEX was initiated on the premise that one business's waste could be another's materials or used furnishings, Sailer explained.
The goal is to reduce the amount of materials going to the landfill, she added, and to provide free or low cost products for area businesses.
Listing materials available or wanted is free to users.
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