Information about Materials Marketplace

How it works

How it works

A registered participant who wishes to recirculate their materials in the community plays the role of a seller and posts a listing about the material. Other registered participants can express their interest, resulting in one of them initiating a transaction to purchase the material.

Listing Materials

Click "Post a New Material" in the top right to create a material listing, and follow the prompts to properly categorize your listing. Try to be as detailed as possible when creating listings, or use the "Partial Listing" category if you're missing important details like quantity, photos, etc. 

The project team has full access to edit and add to listings on the platform; if you've discussed materials with one of us or we've been to your facility, we may add additional details to your listing if you've given us permission.

About listing types:

Available Material - use when you have complete information on a material that you want to make available for other users to take or purchase. This includes pricing information, quantity, etc.

Partial Listing - use when you want to create a listing, but know you're missing important information someone else would need to make a transaction decision. For example, if you're missing pricing information, use this listing type.

Wanted Material - are you looking for specific materials for your business? Post them as a wanted material to let users know.

About listing fields:

Quantity & Unit - quantity can only be a number; use the drop down below to select your unit of measurement (pieces, pounds, tons, cubic feet, cubic yards, or gallons).

Generation - is the listing available just this one time, or is the material generated on an ongoing basis? If ongoing, select the generation interval associated with the quantity you entered above - X unit generated weekly, for example.

Transportation and Logistics - for available materials, do you want the buyer to pick it up, or are you willing to arrange/accept delivery or third-party shipping? Check the corresponding box(es). If posting a wanted material, think opposite - are you willing to go pick up materials, or do you need them shipped to your location?

Additional Documentation - let us know what types of additional documentation is available about the material. Documents do not need to be uploaded when creating a posting; however, most buyers will want to know that additional documentation can be provided if/when a transaction moves forward.

Recycle/Re-usability Rating - this field helps our team and other users gauge how transaction-ready a listing is. Checking the "Ready Now" box means a material is good-to-go - your listing has complete information, there's a clear use case for the material, and there are generally well-established end-markets ready to accept it. Other choices here will let us and users know some additional work is needed before the material is ready to move.

Expiration Date - you can determine how long your listing is open. After the expiration date the listing will close automatically, and will not be visible in any normal listing views. You can reopen the listing after it has closed from your profile page.

Interacting with Other Users and Listings

To view listings nearest to your location, use the location search at the top of the page. The location search can be used in combination with the filters on the left, or with the keyword search in the top bar. The Materials Marketplace interface is viewable in English and French, however content in individual listings will only be available in the language used by the owner of the material when creating the listing.

Public Discussion
: if you have a question about a material and you think others would benefit from knowing that information as well, use the public discussion box on the listing. Messages here can be seen by all users on the platform.

Private Conversations: if you want to have a private conversation with the owner of a listing, click the contact button below the owner's name in a listing. 

Start a Transaction: if you're ready to start a transaction on a material, add in the quantity desired and click the Start Conversation button on a listing.