About NYC WasteMatch

NYC WasteMatch

A major program of NYC MEDP is NYC WasteMatch, a free online materials exchange and referral service. NYC WasteMatch matches generators or donors of valuable commercial “waste” and surplus materials to users or recipients. In doing so, NYC WasteMatch keeps valuable resources out of the waste stream while offering clients an opportunity to save money and lower their environmental impact.

NYC WasteMatch was established in 1997 by the NYC Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling (BWPRR) and became a program of NYC MEDP upon its inception in 2004. NYC WasteMatch is open to all NYC business, organizations and residents—and not exclusively NYC MEDP members. NYC WasteMatch clients include New York City businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

As a donor you can:
- Reduce waste disposal costs
- Generate revenue by finding markets for surplus materials
- Support nonprofits through in-kind donations and receive tax deductions
- Enhance the environmental image of your company
- Support your local community

As a recipient you can:
- Lower purchasing costs
- Connect with potential supporters
- Reduce your environmental impact
- Focus on mission-driven activities

Used and surplus materials exchanged on NYC WasteMatch include (but are not limited to):
- Containers and packaging
- Computers and electtronics
- Warehouse equipment
- Clothing and textiles
- Office furniture
- Office supplies
- Building materials
- Appliances
- Food donations

Since its inception in 1997, NYC WasteMatch has helped participants realize more than $5 million in savings and revenues and diverted over 250,000 tons of materials from landfills. In addition, NYC WasteMatch has offered environmentally sound business development opportunities, as well as helped a number of businesses strategize ways to improve materials efficiency and resource recovery.