ResourceFULL Use

One company's waste is another's raw material

Industries and manufactures commonly produce wastes that other businesses could use. A lack of inter-business communication prevents efficient use of resources. The ResourceFull Use program was started to help turn one business' trash into another's treasure.

ResourceFull Use provides manufacturers and industry with workshops to assess resource needs and actively exchange resources (e.g.. use the waste of one organization as an input for another).

We've also teamed with the Materials Exchange Platform to give members expanded capabilities and a broader audience for your by-products. Any materials that you post are now seen by businesses in Oregon and Washington.

Benefits are improved economic viability through reduced waste, improved resource efficiences and cost savings, and reduced environmental footprint achieved through decreased emissions (CO2 and other greenhouse gases) and pollution.


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The ResourceFull Use program is different from traditional passive web-based exchanges (such as IMEX in Kent, Washington) in these important ways:

The ResourceFull Use Project started in 2006 as the result of collaboration between Zero Waste Alliance, a portland nonprofit organization and Columbia Corridor Association. In its first phase the ResourceFull Use program found a home for 250 gallons of paint and reduced 3 tons of greenhouse gasses.

The program has benefited from advisory, funding, and in-kind support from a wide cross- section of organizations including Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center, The Boeing Foundation, Cadmus Group (formely Quantec, LLC). Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Portland Development Commission (PDC), City of Portland's Recycle at Work Program, Portland General Electric (PGE), City of Gresham, Portland Water Bureau, Columbia Corridor Association (CCA), Zero Waste Alliance (ZWA), Portland Metro, Venture Portland and Portland Office of Sustainable Development.

The program is designed to benefit the manufacturing and industrial sector in the greater Portland, Oregon metro area. This program fills the needs of under-served manufactoring and industrial sectors.


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