Lowell Sun Online
By Stephanie Michaud, Correspondent
UPDATED: 10/16/2015 07:27:03 AM EDT
AYER – Devens Eco-Efficiency Center offers a program to businesses that many people may not be aware of. It helps keep operating costs low and is economically friendly.
The Great Exchange partners with firms, schools, nonprofits and municipalities to re-purpose manufacturing scraps and no-longer needed items to avoid disposal costs and give new life to still usable things. The first Great Exchange event was held in 2007 as a one-time two- hour event that introduced local organizations to each other and gave businesses the opportunity to offer up unwanted items for re-use.
When Dona Neely, the executive director of Devens Eco-Efficiency Center, had to stop the event due to running far past the scheduled time, she knew the program was something that needed to be continued.