What is SMILE Resource Exchange?

SMILE Resource Exchange provides a free platform for businesses to connect and identify potential synergies where a waste in one business can be a resource in another.


What does SMILE stand for?

SMILE stands for Saving Money through Industry Links & Exchanges.


Who operates SMILE Resource Exchange?

SMILE Resource Exchange is operated by MacroomE. It is a partnership between:

  • The Environmental Protection Agency
  • Local Authorities
  • Local Enterprise Offices

What is the aim of SMILE Resource Exchange?

SMILE Resource Exchange aims to save businesses money by developing a network of businesses that reuse each other's surplus products, by-products and reusable items.

The premise behind the SMILE network is that one businesses waste or unused resource could become another businesses raw material resulting in a mutually beneficial relationship which saves both operating or disposal costs and procurement costs.


What are the benefits of joining the SMILE Resource Exchange?

SMILE Resource Exchange can help your business:

  • Cut costs
  • Source materials
  • Reduce waste
  • Identify new business opportunities
  • Network with other businesses
  • Improve competitiveness
  • Create jobs
  • Help the environment

How are potential synergies identified?

Potential synergies are identified through an online exchange platfrom www.smileexchange.ie or through facilitated technical support assistance. Businesses can request or offer resuable materials, by-products, surplus stock that could potentially be reused in another business.


What does the"Add a New Resource" button on the website mean?

You canlook for resources or offer resources through the SMILE website. In order to do this you need to "add a resource" to your profile so that the other members can see it. Adding a new resource is very easy and straight forward.


What type of Resources should I post to the website?

All items posted on the website must be for free or below market value. You can post almost anything to the SMILE website. Examples of resources which may be posted on the website include: plastics, timber, cardboard, paper, pallets, containers, drums, IT equipment, building materials and demolition, glass, oil, paint, furniture & fittings, equipment, metals, soap, soil, surplus stock, etc.


Who should get involved in the SMILE Resource Exchange programme?

SMILE Resource Exchange is open to businesses from all sectors and of all sizes. You should get involved in SMILE if you are offering reources which could be reused or are looking for resources to reuse within your own business.


How much does it cost to register as a member on SMILE?

SMILE is a FREE service for members and it doesn't cost anything to join.


How do I Register as a member?

It is very easy and straightforward to register as a member and you can do so by clicking HERE. You will need to fill in the details of your business, your contact details and accept the terms of use. You will also need to create a password.


What should i do when an error message appeares saying "The Company name you chose is not available" when trying to register?

Organisations register on the SMILE website as opposed to people and therefore if someone in your organisation has already registered then you cannot use the same company name. You should get in touch with the SMILE team if this happens by clicking HERE.


Where do I find the SMILE "User Agreement"?

You can read it in full by clicking HERE.


Legislation

How do I determine if my resource is a waste, and if it is what is required of me by legislation?

To download the document below click here