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Southern Waste Information Exchange, Inc.

The Southern Waste Information eXchange, Inc. (SWIX), has as a primary objective the recycling and reuse of solid and hazardous waste. Since its inception in 1981, the emphasis of the SWIX has been on encouraging and facilitating sound environmental and cost-effective alternatives to the landfilling, incineration or treatment of solid waste through direct interaction with waste generators in both the public and private sectors.

To facilitate this objective, the SWIX Catalog is published and distributed to government agencies and private firms in the southeastern United States. The SWIX maintains toll-free hotlines (1-800-441-SWIX) that are used to assist generators with their waste management needs with an emphasis on the recycling, use, and reuse of waste materials. The SWIX is a resource that can be used directly by the thousands of public and private waste generators in the southeast. The SWIX Catalog provides up-to-date information on waste materials that are "available" from as well as "wanted" by private firms and government agencies. In addition, the SWIX Catalog lists a wide range of waste management services (e.g., recycling services, collection and transportation services) which can be used by waste generators and managers.

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Car Batteries, Sulfuric Acid and Reducing A Florida Waste Stream

In the late 1980's, the Southern Waste Information eXchange (SWIX) did various targeted mailings of their printed catalog of exchange listings. They often used SIC codes in order to generate lists of companies that might benefit from participating in the free SWIX program.

One such company was a lead acid battery recycling facility in Central Florida that was generating approximately 7,000 gallons per day of sulfuric acid and paying substantial disposal costs. Once they discovered SWIX, they placed a listing in the catalog, and, within 3-4 months, found another industrial manufacturer who required sulfuric acid as part of their manufacturing process.

The two parties negotiated the particulars (shipping, frequency of deliveries, cost sharing, etc.) and, by working together, eliminated a significant (and deadly) waste stream while saving money for each other at the same time.

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