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A materials exchange actively exploits the principle that one company's waste is another's raw material. By automatically matching these parties via the internet, unwanted materials can be efficiently passed on or sourced - either once or as an ongoing arrangement. It delivers real financial savings for businesses, organisations and individuals and keeps potentially useful materials in circulation.
Why Waste is a free online information service where organisations and individuals view and place information about redundant stock and surplus raw materials. It comprises five localised Exchanges, based in North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire.
Why Waste is also linked directly to partner exchanges in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. These 11 exchanges collectively comprise the Eastex materials exchange system. The name Eastex is derived from the elements East (East of England) and Ex (Exchange).
Eastex is an evolution of the mature, proven exchange infrastructure developed by the Norfolk Materials Exchange and subsequently adopted by the six counties of the East of England region. It provides a refined public web interface and a range of powerful administration tools for eleven Exchange managers.
Comprising a single, central information repository and administrative/functional devolution at county level through eleven localised Exchanges, the system is optimised for usability and rapid rollout.
Each county Exchange comprises two distinct systems: a public interface and a manager facility that provides all the administrative tools required to manage membership, moderate entries, intervene in key transactions and measure results.

Detailed realtime statistics and graphing provide significant insight into an otherwise complex multi-partner project. Specifically, administrators and exchange co-ordinators have access to systems facilitating:
a.     Benchmarking between the six county exchanges to provide an early warning system of any target slippage  
b.     Rapid knowledge transfer through the identification of good practice and its rollout to other county exchanges

Eastex is very happy to share the technology freely with any public organisation wishing to provide a similar service in their area and are particularly keen to see the facility expanded beyond the East of England.
Diagram: the structure of Eastex, comprising the six original localised exchanges and a single, central database. The total number of affiliated exchanges is now eleven.

Diagram of the Eastex platform's stucture

Eastex effectively started life in 2004 with Cambridgeshire's adoption of the existing Norfolk Materials Exchange system, developed by Norfolk County Council's EEDA-funded Supplier Support Scheme project. The two Exchanges referenced a single underlying database - facilitating cross border transactions between the two counties.
The technology proved robust and eminently scalable and Norfolk County Council and Peterborough Environment City Trust (co-ordinators, respectively, of the Norfolk and Cambridgeshire exchanges) agreed to develop the system as a regional project, backed by a regional bid for funding. A representative round-table team from across the East of England was duly convened for this purpose.
Suffolk was represented by Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Connect, Essex by the Environment Agency and Essex County Council, Hertfordshire by Employers for the Environment and Bedfordshire by Bedfordshire County Council and Linden Consulting Partnership, who ran the old Bedfordshire Waste Exchange on behalf of the County for several years.
In summer 2005, project development progressed in earnest and a bid was duly submitted to the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste (BREW) programme administered by the East of England Development Agency (EEDA).
Peterborough Environment City Trust assumed the role of official applicant and administrator. Norfolk County Council (NCC) continued to manage development of the technology.
Match funding was secured from the East of England Regional Assembly, the Environment Agency and the local authorities of the East of England (who also contribute in-kind support to their local exchanges) and corporate sponsorship offered by Mott MacDonald and May Gurney - NCC's partners in the Norfolk Strategic Partnership.
A grant offer of £420,000 was made on 1st February 2006 for a two-year project and on 15th May, a new Eastex user interface was unveiled, bringing together the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
The existing Bedfordshire Waste Exchange and its data were absorbed into Eastex later that month. The project was then at full strength with six County Co-ordinators - one in each County - and six County Leads.
In autumn 2006, Bradford Environment City Trust approached Norfolk County Council about appropriating the Eastex system within the area administered by the Yorkshire Forward regional development agency. A successful bid to Yorkshire Forward was duly made and five new exchanges - North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire joined the Eastex network under the Why Waste brand.
Why Waste is funded by the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste (BREW) programme administered by Yorkshire Forward. Eastex is funded by the BREW programme administered by the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) with match funding from the East of England Regional Assembly, the Environment Agency, the local authorities of the East of England and corporate sponsorship from Mott MacDonald and May Gurney – partners in the Norfolk Strategic Partnership.
The Why Waste project applicant and administrator is Bradford Environmental Action Trust. The Eastex project applicant and administrator is Peterborough Environment City Trust. The technology is managed by Norfolk County Council.
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The delivery of the Why Waste / Eastex system in the Yorkshire and Humber region is managed by Bradford Environmental Action Trust with funding from: Yorkshire Forward, Defra, Neighbourhood Renewal and the European Union Regional Development Fund.

Funding for the provision and maintenance of the Eastex materials exchange infrastructure is provided by: East of England Development Agency, East of England Regional Assembly, Environment Agency, Mott MacDonald, May Gurney and the numerous local authorities of the East of England who have contributed funds and in-kind support to the project.

East of England Development Agency East of England Regional Assembly Environment Agency Norfolk Strategic Partnership
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