Our digital matching platform finds new high-value reuse options for your materials or (waste) products. We give a powerful boost to your circular ambitions. And guarantee you: a smaller ecological footprint and greater financial value can simply go together.
Excess Materials Exchange (EME) is a young and innovative technology company. On our digital matching platform, we find new high-value reuse options for materials or (waste) products for companies. Far too many valuable resources and materials are wasted or ill-designed in the current paradigm, for which the planet must pay a heavy price. Isn’t that a waste?
EME is determined to accelerate the global transition to a circular economy – and play a part in creating a more viable planet. By showing the financial and ecological value of materials. By challenging companies to design and produce their goods in a more efficient and circular manner. And by making matches. A whole lot of matches.

Our Services

EME can help you realise your circular ambitions and bring you financial as well as environmental benefits.

Unlock value with the EME Quick scan

Do you want to know if you get the most out of your company’s materials, products and waste streams? We know from experience that there is a lot of financial and ecological value to be gained. But you want certainty. And proof. We can give you that within 5 business days. We map a specific material, product or waste stream for you. And answer your questions whether you lose money and can save on CO2 emissions.

Sign up for a Quick Scan via our platform.

Read more about the Quick Scan in our brochure.

Speed up your circular journey with 4D Matchmaking

Society and the planet need companies to take significant steps toward circularity. With our 4D Matchmaking module, your company’s circular ambitions can rapidly become reality. Let us identify the financial and environmental value that can be derived from your materials, products and waste streams. Let us find you new high-value reuse options. And let us link you to the innovation partners within our network so that your materials or products really are reused.

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Internal Circular Marketplace

The Internal Circular Marketplace is a protected digital platform where supply and demand of materials, products or waste flows can meet. It is particularly suitable for companies with different locations, ports, airports, and industrial areas. Frequently in these organisations, used or written-off materials or products are not registered properly. This means you are missing a clear overview of your assets and materials, and are missing great opportunities to find new high-value reuse options for them.

The Internal Circular Marketplace gives a powerful boost to the realisation of your circular ambitions – and new revenue models may arise. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

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Our Services

How we work

Our digital platform unlocks the maximum potential of your company’s materials, products and waste streams by matching them to their highest value uses. The best part about that? It’s better for your profits as well as the planet. In our experience, material flows increase by 110% on average in financial value, and the ecological footprint reduces by 60% on average. Four tools are instrumental to our method of working:

1. Resources Passport

The Resources Passport is a standardised and modular format that we developed. This passport gives an overview of the composition, the origin, the toxicity or deconstructability of the material or product, among other things. Therefore, the passport provides this material or product with an ‘identity’.

2. Tracking and Tracing

With tracking and tracing identifiers like barcodes, QR codes and chips, we effectively match physical materials to their digital twin the Resources Passport. This makes it possible to follow them throughout their life cycles.

3. Valuation

We identify the maximum potential value that can be derived from a material, product of waste stream. We calculate the financial, environmental and social impact for you.

4. Matchmaking

We match the material or product to a new high-value reuse option: financial, environmental and social value. We are able to find unique and innovative solutions thanks to our knowledge and technology. We link you to one of the innovation partners within our network.

Results of the pilot

Unlocked potential for 18 streams:
car rides from Amsterdam to Milan in carbon emissions reduction
financial value generated from exchanging the pilot materials
Olympic-size swimming pools of freshwater saved


Tulip flower heads

The Netherlands is famous for its tulips. After flowering the tulip heads are cut off and wasted. Growers sometimes even pay to get rid of them. Yet, they are a valuable resource in other sectors. For example, they could be converted into pigments for paint. 800kg of pigment can be retrieved from from one hectare of land. This leads to a total market in the Netherlands of all tulip field of €1,5 trillion euros in pigments.


Water company Vitens regularly received phone calls of users that their water was oddly colored. This was due to harmless (actually healthy) organic compounds. Yet color was more important to their customers, so Vitens filtered out the organic compounds and send this excess material stream to an incinerator. Costs: half a million annually, and a waste of valuable resources. They decided they could optimize this process. Within two years they refined their purification installation and now sell the salts and organic compounds with a big profit to various companies. They also sell the technology behind the new purification installation.

Fruitleather Rotterdam

Each year we throw away 1.3 billion tons of food. Currently 30% of the world's farmland is used to produce food that will be wasted. Moreover 10% of all greenhouse gasses in rich countries is emitted by producing food that will never be eaten. The design duo Fruitleather Rotterdam transforms fruit into sustainable leather like material strong enough to be used in shoes, bags and other products.

Closing the Loop

Closing the Loop buys your redundant IT hardware - and gives it a second life. Data-secure, easy and uniquely sustainable. They also collect and buy end-of-life mobile phones in emerging markets. This social business leads to sustainable jobs, waste reduction and more recycling. With the help of their strategic partners, over 95% of the metals can be retrieved from the already collected 1 million scrap mobile phones.

Awards & Nominations

The Circulars
Reboot the Future
How we work


We work together with the following companies on realising a circular economy
ABN Amro
Alba concepts
Stichting Doen
Social Enterprise NL

Frequently asked questions

Looking for more information? See our FAQ below or send us a message.

Any material, component or product can be exchanged on the EME. Waste in one sector usually remains waste in that sector and the possibilities for high value reuse are low. Think about coffee leftovers. This remains waste in the restaurant sector. Optimization by for example drying and burning the leftovers at the restaurant is not always the most optimal solution. The leftovers are a valuable resource for mushroom growers. In the pilot we have circular economy A-players and frontrunners as participants. These companies, like yours, very often already have an insight into their material streams. Together we will look for the most optimal reuse opportunities for any type of the material streams between sectors and industries to truly create a circular economy.

Yes, Blockchain Technology will ensure the safe exchange of proprietary data. Companies will remain the owner of their own sensitive data while materials will be traced anonymously. The blockchain also ensures non-corruptibility and traceability of supply chains and will help prevent frauds.

Everything that we do at EME boils down to one key concept: high-value. We use a unique method to determine whether a solution for your material or waste-product is high-value. We take into account 3 elements: environmental, financial and social.

Companies often refer to the ‘waste hierarchy’ when it comes to circularity in the material and product chain. The simplest analogy is to see it as a ladder. For instance, burning materials with energy recovery scores low on the ladder because value is lost. Recycling is a higher-value way – reusing a product is an even higher-value solution, so it’s higher up the ladder. 

Yet in our view, high-value equates to more than just the reduction of the ecological footprint of a product. It’s also about the financial picture and whether it provides an interesting business case. And let’s not forget the social aspect. Of course, it would be great if jobs could be created by recycling or reusing a material or waste product. However, it can’t be called a ‘high-value solution’ if people are exploited somewhere along the line.

We are continuously improving our software. At the moment it is not possible to automatically link your database to ours and upload your data like that. However, do not hesitate to contact us and tell us your needs. We are working hard on making this possible.

With a fully functioning EME the logistics will just be a click away. Until that time and during the pilot logistics we will investigate how to optimise the logistics.

Our partner Stibbe helps us and your company to investigate and overcome the legal barriers for the high value and appropriate exchange of excess materials. We are making an inventory of the most common barriers and will publish those in a report.


Contact us

If you have any inquiries, please contact us at the following email address:

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