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Here is a timely webinar hosted by GreenBiz: Achieving a Circular Economy: How the Private Sector is Re-imagining the Future of Business, on November 17, 2015 at 1pm (ET).
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Hi Lyn, Thanks for your post! Excavated clean fill is a great example. In the case of cardboard cartons, I could see a match between local businesses that receive regular shipments and local food pantries that need boxes. One key feature for establishing a partnership is that the materials ("wastes" or inputs) are recurring. To achieve greater efficiency and to avoid purchase of new materials, I would think that an on-going partnership would be more attractive than a one-time use. That said, if there is interest in one-time match-ups that could be an added feature.

Thanks! This is just an idea for now. I'd be quite happy if OpenIDEO and/or its community members decided to run with it. A simple concept, but one which needs the technology and programming expertise to make it happen. The key components I envision are an open platform that (a) maintains a database of regular/recurring "waste streams" that are available, and regular/recurring process inputs that are needed, and (b) runs a matching algorithm of available products to product needs, using geography, quantity, and quality to determine best fit. Target users of the system are those that have regular/recurring products flows (either as waste products or as inputs needed), so that on-going partnerships be created within local districts.