Video from LaunchNike, the US State Department, NASA, and US AID sponsor an incredible program called Launch. Each year, innovators come together on a topic and a council of executives and officials provide guidance and assistance. This year, the topic was 'waste' and RecycleMatch was honored to be included. Here's a video that tells
Waste Not, Want NotArticle originally published by Amy Seidman on Noble Profit and Examiner.com
"In some ways, I feel like my whole life has prepared me for this opportunity."
Brooke Farrel of Recycle Match is considered a leader in zero waste management with a software company that enables other companies to source and sell waste materials. This saves companies big bucks and our landfills have a lot more space. Learn more about Recycle Match's successes through their informative case studies and the interview with Brooke below.
RecycleMatch trades the garbage heap for the cloud
When I first heard of about RecycleMatch, I thought the idea of building what I think of as an eBay for garbage had a lot of potential. So did Brooke Farrell, who started the company at the end of 2009 with her brother-in-law, Chad Farrell.
Turns out we were both wrong.
So, as I learned this week when ...
Rising Stars of Waste & RecyclingWaste & Recycling News, a leading industry trade publication, recently announced that Brooke Farrell, CEO of RecycleMatch, was named among their 12 Rising Stars of 2012. For the full story, see
Rethinking Waste via Sustainable BrandsIn February 2012, Sustainable Brands monthly issue in focus was our favorite subject - waste. Or, rather the opportunity to use waste as a resource. Check out the great editorial content at Sustainable Brands, including several stories about RecycleMatch.
RecycleMatch to speak at the Air & Waste Management Association's (A&WMA) Conference & ExpositionChad Farrell from RecycleMatch will present at the 2011 Air and Waste Management Association's (A&WMA) Conference & Exposition, held June 21-24 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
The Air & Waste Management Association Conference brings together more than 2,000 environmental industry professionals. This year's event will focus on how environmental challenges often stretch beyond political, regional, and cultural lines, requiring diverse communities to work out solutions. Regional topics will include the Gulf of Mexico oil spill; air quality modeling; carbon dioxide; environmental management of ports, marinas, and shipyards; waste disposal on the Gulf Coast; and environmental issues related to transportation.
RecycleMatch Chief Operating Officer, Chad Farrell, will speak on "Waste 2.0 - Three Ways Technology is Making Waste a Resource" examining how new technology is leading to more corporate responsibility through improved data, transparency, and knowledge sharing.
RecycleMatch provides an enterprise SaaS platform that helps companies to maximize the value of their excess materials and source new solutions for waste currently headed to landfills. This is the first enterprise platform that enables corporate customers to manage and track all byproduct materials across the enterprise, sell materials via a private marketplace, and leverages a large buyer network for identifying new solutions for waste diversion.
For more information on the Air & Waste Management Association's event visit the A&WMA web site at http://events.awma.org/ace2011/.
RecycleMatch Launches Enterprise Software to Maximize Value of Recycling and Zero Waste at Sustainable Brands 2011(Justmeans.com / CSR News) - MONTEREY, CA (June 8, 2011) – RecycleMatch today announced, from the Sustainable Brands Conference, their enterprise SaaS platform that helps companies to maximize the value of their excess materials and source new solutions for waste currently headed to landfills. This is the first enterprise platform that enables corporate customers to manage and track all byproduct materials across the enterprise, sell materials via a private marketplace, and leverages a large buyer network for identifying new solutions for waste diversion.
The enterprise materials management software includes dashboard visibility to corporate sustainability professionals and EHS executives to track, manage, and maximize the value of all of their waste and recycling efforts across the enterprise. “With zero waste now a key metric in CSR and sustainability reporting, and new supplier scorecard requirements from supply-chain leaders like P&G and Walmart, customers told us they needed new tools that went well beyond the traditional compliance view of waste” said Chris Porch, RecycleMatch CEO.
RecycleMatch’s subscription-based software as a service platform builds on the success of their online marketplace which launched in February. Since then, the company has diverted over 2,500 tons of materials from landfill and helped customers get fair market value for their commodity recyclables.
“Customers told us the competitive nature of our public marketplace helped them get 10-15% more for commodities, but they also wanted more control and the ability to manage end of life solutions for all their materials using one system” said Porch. Now, companies can use the online auction capability from RecycleMatch to power their own private-label marketplaces, enabling significantly more competition as compared to the traditional RFPs and spreadsheets that many companies use today.
Subscribing customers will have access to the largest database of potential end-users, brokers and buyers of byproduct materials including solutions for reuse and upcylcing as well as recycling and energy generation. “Even if companies maintain their own supplier vetting process, this access significantly shortens the research period for finding new solutions. And, when companies are dealing with the really challenging material streams that have no known solution, making the opportunity known to the largest possible number of companies can accelerate innovation.”
For example, an automotive parts manufacturer used RecycleMatch’s online marketplace with the goal of diverting a material stream from the landfill. While they had talked to many recycling companies who could not recycle the material, broader exposure led to a match with a small recycler who innovated a solution that unlocked an estimated $1.4 million in total value.
Porch says “Every feature, including our open source materials wiki and our market pricing index, is being built to give subscribing companies the transparency and control to get to zero waste more rapidly and maximize the value of all of the recyclables and waste they generate.”
RecycleMatch is a new software and online service company providing the first comprehensive, cloud-based solution for managing and monetizing waste, byproducts and commodity recyclables across an extended enterprise. The company’s goal is to make landfills obsolete by building tools that offer subscribers more control and transparency in order to minimize waste and maximize the value of their resources. Located in Austin and Houston, RecycleMatch was named Entrepreneur Magazine’s Most Brilliant Ideas in 2010. For more information, visit http://www.recyclematch.com/.
Beyond What's Possible: Zero Waste, A $400 Billion OpportunityBased on a recent study conducted for Defra, UK's department for the environment, waste reduction alone could yield annual savings of over $400 billion and cut GHG emissions by about 7 percent for an economy the size of the US.
Much of today’s corporate energy, water and carbon management focuses on what happens within the boundaries of an organization. But the larger part of resource use and emissions is often embodied in the material inputs coming in through the supply chain. And yet, this is largely ignored and for practical reasons. Only the largest companies (think Wal-Mart or Procter & Gamble) are in a position to demand environmental scorecards from their upstream suppliers and can force some of them to carry out efficiency improvements.
On the downstream side, manufacturers of consumer products often undertake initiatives to make their packaging smaller, lighter and with higher recycled content. While this is a useful trend and sometimes an easy first step, product life-cycle assessments (including many that we have done) show that packaging is a relatively minor factor in the environmental impacts of most products.
So, how does an average manufacturer, retailer or service provider venture beyond this conventional “realm of the possible”? The answer
RecycleMatch Featured at the Green Manufacturer Network’s Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Workshop at Subaru
Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Workshop Draws 125 - by Jim Camillo - May 19, 2011
The Green Manufacturer Network’s latest one-day Zero-Waste-to-Landfill workshop, held May 18 at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. (SIA) in Lafayette, IN, was attended by 125 people—the vast majority being manufacturing executives hoping to learn how to make their operations more sustainable, eco-friendly and profitable.
This workshop was the second such event presented by the Green Manufacturer Network. The inaugural event was held Dec. 1, 2010 in Gaffney, SC, and included a tour of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.’s plant there. The second event included a tour of the SIA plant, which became the first zero-landfill plant in the United States in 2004, and presentations about SIA’s journey to zero landfill.
Tom Easterday, executive vice president, welcomed the attendees to start the event. “The environmental effects of the middle and end cycles of auto manufacturing are being addressed well,” Easterday said. “We are here today to focus on the start of the manufacturing cycle.”
Denise Coogan, REH, CHMM, and SIA manager of safety and environmental compliance, also spoke. “Dumpster diving is the first step to zero landfill,” Coogan said. “It lets you see everything you’re using and wasting, and better understand the process you’re using to get this result.”
Online Scrap Exchange LaunchesCover story by Amanda Smith-Teustch, Waste & Recycling News
A newly launched website is hoping to become the eBay of scrap.
“We want to find homes for materials currently being landfilled,” said Brooke Farrell, who along with Chad Farrell founded RecycleMatch and RecycleMatch.com.
RecycleMatch is an online marketplace for all kinds of scrap: construction debris, organics, fabrics and textiles, plastics, rubber, wood, anything that can be reused or recycled.
“We hope to build a more liquid market that has greater transparency of pricing around those materials,” said Chris Porch, the new CEO of RecycleMatch.
Headed in the right direction
Waste & Recycling News, Editorial by Brennan Lafferty Feb 21, 2011
Recycling has become a bit easier with the launch of two new programs as companies continue to embrace the power of the Internet.
Recyclebank is now offering its rewards-for-recycling program to people not serviced by its curbside recycling partners.
Virtual community members get rewards for viewing content related to recycling, entering promotion codes from product packaging and then promising to recycle the boxes, referring friends to join the online program, and other "green" activities.
RecycleMatch is an online marketplace where owners of material list their waste and recyclable commodities on RecycleMatch.com -- giving locations of material, descriptions, and a suggested price for the material.
Bidders can look at the information and decide how much they want to offer. Once the auction closes, the seller can choose winning bid, and it doesn´t have to be based on price.
Both of these programs are steps in the right direction for recycling in the U.S. The Internet continues to take over in every industry, and companies need to adjust their business practices accordingly.
Kudos to these two for doing just that.
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RecycleMatch Mixes eBay and Craigslist with Online Waste SalesFrom GreenBiz.com By Jonathan Bardelline
HOUSTON, TX — RecycleMatch, an online marketplace for business-to-business waste sales, updated its web-based service this month to make getting rid of trash a mix between eBay and Craigslist.
The company, launched in late 2009, lets business list waste they want to get rid of on its site for free. Businesses can list a broad range of material they produce that would normally go to the trash, and buyers bid on the materials, with the seller choosing a winning bid.
With the expansion of its site, RecycleMatch has added more options for buyers and sellers. Companies selling waste can now see all bids at the same time. While a seller's information is kept confidential, there is also a system in place allowing bidders to ask questions about the waste for sale.
Sellers are able to list one-time waste dumps as well as ongoing wastes they create, and they can also put up trash they're willing to give away for free.
Brooke Farrell, RecycleMatch's co-founder and chief marketing office, said that some of the most common goods they've seen on the site have been plastics and textiles, and companies are using the service for various reasons.
Some are trying to stop sending waste to landfills. Recycling services can take only so many materials, and for wastes that don't fall into the general areas of commonly-recycled plastics, paper, metals and wood, companies need to find more specialized recyclers or companies that are actually looking for those kinds of waste.
Some buyers are using the site to feel out the market for materials they already have suppliers for in order to possibly get lower prices.
CSR Minute Highlights RecycleMatch in Top Sustainable Business News
February 10, 2011
RecycleMatch, a website that looks to connect recyclable materials with recyclers, has a new online bidding service and new CEOFeb. 2 -- RecycleMatch, a website that looks to connect recyclable materials with recyclers, has a new online bidding service and new CEO.
Chris Porch has been named the company´s new CEO. Porch has led multiple start-ups from inception through rapid growth, most recently at Zag.com, a leading marketplace for new and used cars on the Internet, where he was president and COO. Porch also was CEO of BetweenMarkets and co-founder and vice president of Trilogy Software.
Turning One Company’s Trash Into Another’s Treasure, RecycleMatch Brings Site Out Of Beta, Hires New CEOToday, RecycleMatch — a Houston-based startup that helps businesses sell or give away stuff to recyclers and manufacturers so that they don’t have to send it to a landfill — took its online marketplace out of beta, unveiling several new features and services.
If the site performs as hoped, RecycleMatch could become the Alibaba, eBay or Amazon of waste-management and manufacturing, while helping just about any company improve its sustainability profile.
Among the materials RecycleMatch helps businesses take out of the landfill-bound waste stream are: “commodity recyclables” including paper, steel, plastic and glass; wastewater; consumer electronics and business equipment (a.k.a. e-waste); and food waste.
How do you “recycle” food waste, exactly? [ed: Besides throwing overripe tomatoes around in Valencia, Spain's famous annual Tomato Battle...] One soup maker uses RecycleMatch to sell its wasted product to renewable energy companies that purchase or pick it up to turn it into biofuel.
The startup, whose offices are in Houston and Austin, recently attained a series A investment
Site Lets Companies Sell WasteA service has been launched to help companies disposing of their refuse to make money in the process.
RecycleMatch is an online business-to-business (B2B) marketplace that allows companies to buy, sell or give away large volumes of waste including plastics, textiles, paper, chemicals, food, metals and building materials.
Companies can anonymously post messages on the site, listing materials that they wish to get rid of. Prospective buyers interested in reusing or recycling the waste can then ask the sellers questions, get samples and make offers.
Until now, companies have only been able to give away their waste on the site. Now, they can sell their materials by asking for bids and judging offers on pricing and other factors.
Brooke Farrell, Co-Founder of RecycleMatch, and Social Innovation Fellow Speaks at PopTech 2010The amount of resources – money, energy, land, water – that go into dealing with the things we throw away is staggering. Brooke Betts Farrell’s idea is simple – she wants her company, RecycleMatch, to be the eBay of trash. Matching those who have waste with those who need it, RecycleMatch lowers costs, reduces waste and accelerates green innovation.
Discovery News - RecycleMatch is Like Match.com for WasteBy Tracy Staedter. Excess materials, building supplies, recyclables and scrap metal have one big thing in common. They're lonely. And what's worse, they usually get heaped onto the trash pile with the rest of the rejects. That's not good for them and not good for us, because it's not good for the planet. Nearly 75 percent of waste faces that demise.
But one person's waste is another's treasure, as the saying sort of goes. And that's what RecycleMatch is all about.Today at the PopTech conference, I heard the company's founder, Brooke Betts Farrell, explain in five minutes what this Website is all about. And it's a simple, beautiful thing: an online marketplace that connects companies with excess amounts of (insert anything here) with other companies that need a lot of just that.
Treehugger - RecycleMatch Finding Profits in the Landfillby Brian Merchant, Brooklyn, New York. As we all know, thousands of landfills around the countries are teeming with literally tons of perfectly good raw materials and otherwise usable trash. And in an era of increasing resource scarcity, there's a corresponding demand for many of those materials. In other words, we have more and more trash, yet companies are demanding more materials for production and construction. So, there's vast potential for a company like RecycleMatch, which does exactly what it sounds like it does -- it matches companies with the resources it needs, that would otherwise be headed for the trashbin.
Brooke Farrell, Co-Founder of RecycleMatch, Named to PopTech Social Innovation Fellows Class of 2010PopTech Social Innovation Fellows are visionary change agents who are incubating high-potential solutions to pressing global challenges. Fellows work in both the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds, with a far-reaching impact – in places such as Thailand, Liberia, Pakistan, Chile, and across the US. They are the world-changers of tomorrow. PopTech is a unique innovation network – a global community of cutting-edge leaders, thinkers, and doers from many different disciplines, who come together to explore the social impact of new technologies, the forces of change shaping our future, and new approaches to solving the world’s most significant challenges. We are known for our thriving community of thought-leaders, breakthrough innovation programs, visionary annual conferences and deep media and storytelling capabilities.
FastCompany Article about RecycleMatch - A Curated Craigslist for Industrial WasteRecycleMatch: A Curated Craigslist for Industrial Waste - One company's trash is another company's resource. By Alissa Walker
When it comes to industrial waste, the numbers are shocking. The EPA has estimated that companies in the U.S. spend an estimated $22 billion per year to send 214 million tons of materials to landfills. While some of that waste can be diverted to recycling programs, the more striking fact is the waste that ends up in landfills often still has tangible value. In some cases, a company is paying to haul one material to the dump, while another company is spending top dollar to purchase the very same material new. Companies are literally throwing money away, and destroying natural resources in the process.
RecycleMatch Featured in the Austin American StatesmanWhen Houston-based RecycleMatch was chosen to take part in Capital Factory's 2010 summer boot camp, the company's two founders packed their bags and headed to Austin.
For 10 weeks, Brooke Betts Farrell and Chad Farrell spent their days — and many nights — taking part in the intensive annual mentoring program, which was launched last year by a group of Austin entrepreneurs. "There were a lot of 16-hour days, and they pushed us to take on more than we ever thought we could, but we became a much stronger company," said Betts Farrell, whose year-old company provides an online marketplace for connecting companies with waste with companies that can use the materials.
RecycleMatch Featured on Entrepreneur Magazine.Com - Turn Trash Into TreasureTurn Trash to Treasure with Online Swapping - By: Kara Ohngren
A company that took a slightly different approach to the online bartering game, RecycleMatch is an online market for transforming commercial waste into value--turning trash into treasure. They provide a solution to reduce costs and environmental impact by converting waste streams from one company into useful materials for another company. By uncovering hidden value, RecycleMatch creates new cost savings and potential revenues for all parties while enabling supply chain solutions that can benefit the environment and sustainability initiatives.
As a small-business owner, you can save money and leverage this movement by assessing the waste your business creates and the equipment you no longer need. By making your stuff available to the massive online swapping marketplace, you can save money and the planet.
WEC-TV interview with RecycleMatch Discussing the Power of Green and the Sustainability Efforts of CompaniesSee the World Education Council TV, WEC-TV interview with Co-Founder of RecycleMatch.com at the State of Green Business Forum, sponsored by Greener World Media in San Francisco, 2010. Brooke Farrell discusses the power of green, sustainability efforts and the inception of RecycleMatch.com.
RecycleMatch Featured on the Business Makers Show Discussing Waste as a ResourceThey call themselves “the eHarmony of trash.” Brooke and Chad Farrell founded RecycleMatch.com, an online solution for commercial waste, matching those who HAVE it with those who WANT it. They help companies save time, money and resources by finding another use for large volumes of almost anything headed for the landfill. For example, a commercial property owner was faced with disposing of windows; through a RecycleMatch, those windows are now being crushed to make glass countertops for homes. It’s a win/win even for those companies not initially motivated by the “Green” Movement.
Greenopolis - RecycleMatch Turns Trash into TreasureBy Derek Markham - Greenopolis - June 2010 - RecycleMatch Turns Trash into Treasure
RecycleMatch helps to transform commercial waste into value by converting one company’s waste stream into useful materials for another.
Just about every manufacturer ends up with waste or scraps that must be dealt with - sometimes by paying another company to haul it away and process or trash it - and a business called RecycleMatch is working to change the way that companies deal with their waste.
Some items are easy to deal with, such as paper, cardboard, or metal, because the infrastructure is already set up to handle the recycling of these materials. But what about the waste that doesn’t easily fit into that scheme, such as exterior glass windows, which aren’t accepted in the recycling stream as glass bottles are?
Sustainable Brands 2010 - RecycleMatch Presentation on Making Waste a ResourceBrooke Farrell speaking on the subject of zero waste at Sustainable Brands in Monterey, CA. The annual conference attracts executives from Fortune 500 companies, brand strategists, corporate social responsibility practitioners, designers and innovators to an event where they can be inspired as well as share strategies, tactics, best practices in leading profitable innovation for sustainability in the 21st century.
RecycleMatch Named as One of Entrepreneur Magazine's Annual 100 Brilliant IdeasBy Kara Ohngren and Jennifer Wang - Entrepreneur Magazine - June 2010
A bold concept perfectly in sync with the moment: It's what great companies are built on. It's what shapes the future. It's entrepreneurship at its best. Where can you find that kind of thinking now? Entrepreneur Magazine looked at 10 areas that are growing fast--from mobile technology and outsourcing to fitness and pets--and found 10 companies in each that bring jaw-dropping ingenuity to the table. RecycleMatch was named as one of Entrepreneur Magazine's Annual 100 Brilliant Ideas in the June issue of the magazine. RecycleMatch is featured along with other impressive green companies including TerraCycle, Bloom Energy, and Environment Furniture.
All shades of green: Eco-friendly businesses featuring RecycleMatch in the Houston Business JournalHOUSTON, TX / Houston Business Journal / April 16, 2010
A Match Made in Trash Heaven - RecycleMatch co-founder Chad Farrell describes his Web-based green startup as “the E-Harmony for trash.”
Founded in 2009, RecycleMatch pairs businesses looking to offload waste to companies who can use the material for their business.
For example, one deal involved a company replacing 1,000 glass panels in downtown Houston. Instead of paying to dispose of all that recyclable material, they posted their trash on RecycleMatch. Then, a prospective buyer who could make use of the waste was matched with the company. In this case, Farrell says, the glass found its way into raw material for countertops — and out of the landfill.
RecycleMatch Interview on the Level3 Red Couch discussing the use of technology to help companies with landfill diversion and zero waste goalsBrooke Betts Farrell of RecycleMatch discusses the company's innovative web technology that allows waste and material streams to be connected to companies that need the materials in order to help companies with landfill diversion and zero waste goals.
Channel 39 TV News Story on RecycleMatchTech reporter Steve Simon, with local Houston station KIAH-TV 39, did what we think is a great job describing how RecycleMatch can help companies upcycle and avoid sending materials to a landfill.
News 8 Austin Interview with RecycleMatch Co-Founder Chad Farrell at the SXSW Interactive ConferenceCheck out the quick interview with RecycleMatch Co-Founder Chad Farrell at the SXSW Interactive Conference.
Interview with RecycleMatch Co-Founder Brooke Betts Farrell at the SXSW Interactive ConferenceWant to learn more about RecycleMatch? Check out this 3 minute interview with Brooke Betts Farrell of RecycleMatch discussing how to help companies acheive zero waste goals and landfill diversion.
RecycleMatch places in the Top 3 in the Innovative Web Category in the Bizspark Accelerator Program at SXSW InteractiveAUSTIN, Texas, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator at SXSW 2010 event, early stage technology companies demonstrated their creations for judges in front of a live audience. We'd like to thank all of the amazing sponsors that helped make this event possible: Microsoft BizSpark; Elance; Level 3 (who live streamed the event); Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, & Rosati; and .BIZ domain. The event chose finalists in four different categories: Innovative Web Technology, Entertainment, Social Media Business, and Social Media Personal.
Brad King, Dean McCall, Chris Sacca, and Tim Street hosted the two day long event held Monday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 16, at the Hilton Downtown Austin. Thirty-two semi-finalists in four categories were invited toAustin for a chance to demo their product or service to a panel of industry experts (listing of judges available here: sxsw.com/interactive/accelerator/judges). At 6pm CDT on Monday evening, 12 finalists were chosen to compete on the next day. RecycleMatch placed in the Top 3 in the Innovative Web Category.
"We were thrilled with the quality of submissions we received for the second annual Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator at SXSW," explained coordinator Chris Valentine. "We're confident that we've chosen a strong group of winners, and look forward to giving them an opportunity to succeed in front of industry influencers, potential partners and funders."
RecycleMatch Selected as a Finalist for the Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator Showcase at the SXSW Interactive ConferenceIn case you didn’t know, SXSW (South by Southwest) is more than a music industry event. The SXSW Interactive Conference which was started in 1994, has been described as a “breeding ground for new ideas and creative technologies” with its focus on emerging technologies and entrepreneurial ventures (Twitter launched at SXSW Interactive in 2007). Hosting the Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator competition, SXSW reviews hundreds of applications and brings in industry experts to judge the best of the year’s new crop of internet startups.
This year, RecycleMatch is one of eight finalists competing for the honor of Most Innovative Web Technology in the BizSpark competition. Finalists are given the opportunity to showcase their product or company in front of a panel of professional industry expert judges and a live audience. Check out the impressive array of companies competing here: http://sxsw.com/interactive/accelerator/2010-recap
Recycle Match: The eBay of Recycling?Waste. Every company creates it, in some form or another. For some materials, the path to recycling is clear – paper, plastics, and industry specific waste that has a known reuse within your sector or a related one.
But what about the less obvious materials, the ones for which you have no feasible reuse, and therefore pay disposal fess, month after month? Is that the end of story, a “necessary evil” you must resign yourself to?
Not if Recycle Match can help it. Much like eBay has created a global market on the consumer items that previously sat in people’s homes or were thrown away, Recycle Match seeks to match up those who generate either one-time or regular streams of hard-to-recycle materials, with those seeking that material for their own use.
The source company gets revenue from that which they previously paid to have taken away, and the recipient finds a resource they need, likely at a lower cost, and definitely with less of an impact on the environment.
RecycleMatch Named One of the Most Promising I.T. and Web 2.0 Companies at the Rice Alliance Venture ForumHOUSTON – (December, 15 2009) - RecycleMatch was named one of the Most Promising I.T. and Web 2.0 Companies at the 7th annual Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship I.T. and Web 2.0 Venture Forum in Houston last week. I.T. and Web 2.0 companies showcased their new ventures for an audience of more than 400 attendees, including investors, venture capitalists, industry representatives, business leaders, advisors/mentors, service providers, and entrepreneurs.
RecycleMatch, based in Houston, is an online market for transforming commercial waste into value. Using a web-based marketplace, RecycleMatch helps companies reduce costs and environmental impact by matching waste streams from one company into useful materials for another company. At the back-end of supply chains, companies are spending billions of dollars a year to put materials, waste, and by-products into landfills.
From Greenopolis - RecycleMatch Turns Trash Into TreasureLandfills are a symptom of businesses trashing resources. Enter RecycleMatch, an innovative green start-up out of Houston that takes one company’s waste and turns it into another’s treasure. Through its online portal for keeping waste out of landfills, RecycleMatch matches companies that need materials and resources with companies who are actually paying to throw these very resources away. RecycleMatch's compelling concept caught my attention when I heard them give their elevator pitch at Opportunity Green last month. The founders, Chad Farrell and Brooke Betts Farrell, had 60 seconds to describe their company to a room full of 600 green-minded professionals as a finalist in the OG 25 competition for Most Innovative Green Startup.
RecycleMatch named to the OG25 - Opportunity Green's top 25 most innovative green start-ups of 2009The Opportunity Green conference brings together leading companies and visionaries in technology, design, media, and more, to showcase the hottest opportunities for driving profitability through sustainability. The conference allows participants exposure to, and experience with, an interdisciplinary cross-section of ideas at the forefront of sustainable business practices through a variety of formats, including creative panels, experiential workshops and out-of-conference interactivity. For more information visit www.opportunitygreen.com
Celebrate the 350.org International Day of Climate Action with RecycleMatchThank you to everyone who attended the 350 day happy hour! Please check out the photos in the slideshow:
RecycleMatch presents at the 7th Annual Rice Alliance Energy & Clean Technology Venture ForumRecycleMatch presented at the 7th Annual Rice Alliance Energy & Clean Technology Venture Forum on September 17, 2009 where emerging energy technology companies showcased their new ventures in front of an audience of 600 investors and venture capitalists, industry representatives, business leaders, advisors/mentors, and service providers.
To hear the presentation click here - RecycleMatch Presentation
RecycleMatch Featured in Houston Chronicle Article on Eco-Tech Startup CompaniesRecycleMatch Featured in Houston Chronicle Article on Eco-Tech Startup Companies - The full article is available online via the Houston Chronicle website at http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/tech/news/6614840.html
RecycleMatch: Elevator pitch: Turning one company's industrial waste into another's treasure through online match making.
The idea: Many companies, especially manufactures, pay to have waste hauled off to landfills. RecyleMatch helps them find buyers online who can use the raw materials. RecycleMatch then takes a cut from the transaction.
Users: Launched in July, the site has made one match so far and has about 50 registered sellers.
The brains: Prior to co-founding RecyleMatch, Chad Farrell was an executive at Asset Nation, a Houston-based online auctioneer of salvaged or surplus equipment. Brooke Betts Farrell, his sister-in-law, previously worked as a senior vice president at FKM.
The competition: Several non-profit and government programs, such as the California Materials Exchange and Resource Exchange Network for Eliminating Waste exist, but RecyleMatch says it's the only one that provides a potential revenue stream as an incentive for sellers.