Rules & Policies


Exchange - Materials & Resources West Michigan – Rules and Policies

Exchange - Materials & Resources West Michigan prohibits the listing of a wide variety of items that might be deemed harmful, offensive, or illegal. Exchange - Materials & Resources West Michigan is designed for nonhazardous materials that would otherwise be discarded. Even if you offer to give away for "free" (rather than sell) a prohibited item, this will not relieve you of liability or absolve your from the responsibility of complying with the User Agreement. This applies to both user and buyer.

Acceptable "Available" Listings

Businesses, government, schools, nonprofit and other institutions/organizations interested in placing items that are potentially reusable to someone else, but currently with little to no market value. Examples include business overruns, seconds, outdated inventory, empty containers, recyclable (scrap) materials for which recycling markets are not yet established (such as some types of paper, plastics), etc. These materials may be useable as feedstock for manufacturers, recyclers, or brokers.

Acceptable "Wanted" Listings

Businesses, government, schools, nonprofits and other institutions/organizations seeking used items. Examples include used office equipment, building materials, office and art supplies, etc. Manufacturers who are interested in obtaining feedstock materials for the manufacturing of their products. Professional recyclers and brokers interested in obtaining scrap materials. The list below is updated from time to time and is incorporated by reference into the user agreement. These guidelines do not constitute legal advice. If in doubt, check with law enforcement agencies, an attorney or with a copyright, trademark or other rights owner for clarification. Exchange - Materials & Resources West Michigan has also adopted certain policies regarding prohibited items, regardless of the legality of the item. As an Online Materials Exchange user, you are ultimately responsible for making sure that buying or selling your item(s) is legal in the eyes of the law. If you think you've spotted an item on the Online Materials Exchange that is not allowed, please contact the lisasabourin@eawm.net.

Prohibited Listings

The listing of prohibited items offered below is a sample only and not intended to be exhaustive:

Live animals

Illegal goods

Hazardous materials (for more information on Hazardous Waste, see the EPA website)

Advertisements

Alcohol

Artifacts

Autographed Items

Catalogs Contracts & Tickets

Counterfeit Items

Credit Cards

Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia

Embargoed Goods

Faces, Names & Signatures

Firearms

Fireworks

Freon

Fraudulent Items

Government IDs & Licenses

Hazardous Materials

Human Parts

Lock Picking Devices or Burglary Tools

Lottery Tickets

Mailing Lists

Offensive Material

Adult Items

Coarse Language

Pornography

Police-Related Items

Postage Meters

Prescription Drugs & Devices

Promotional Items

Real Estate

Timeshares

Rentals

Homes, Condos, Commercial Property, etc.

Recalled Items

Spamming (e-mail, key word, etc.)

Stocks & Other Securities

Stolen Property

Surveillance Equipment

Tobacco Products

Trademarked Items

TV Descramblers

Weapons & Knives

Exchange - Materials & Resources West Michigan reserves the right to refer any potentially illegal listing to the appropriate legal authority for prosecution. Exchange - Materials & Resources West Michigan is committed to assisting the police and prosecutor in any investigation into illegal activity that may have occurred on this site (including, but not limited to prosecution for computer trespass). In addition, the lisasabourin@eawm.net may, at his or her discretion, temporarily or permanently bar a user from accessing Exchange - Materials & Resources West Michigan if the user has listed an item that is deemed harmful, offensive, or illegal. Exchange - Materials & Resources West Michigan reserves the right to redirect advertisers to more appropriate sources when necessary.

Lister Responsibilities

Please respond to all inquiries, even if only to say that you are not interested. Exchange - Materials & Resources West Michigan will only work if listers are responsive. If complaints are received that you are not returning phone calls and the problem is not resolved in a timely manner, your listing(s) will be removed. If the number in your listing is on an answer phone or voice mail system, please be sure your full name, and/or business name, as stated in your listing, is mentioned on your outgoing message. Otherwise, respondents have no way of knowing if they have reached the right party. Listers should remove their Exchange - Materials & Resources West Michigan listing if no longer valid and report all successful exchanges. This feedback is absolutely critical to justify the continuation of this program.
Complaints and Compliments

We appreciate any constructive feedback that you would like to offer, be it a compliment or a complaint. Please use the email address or phone number at the bottom of this page. Your feedback is our only way of knowing what does and does not work. Please do not hesitate to tell Exchange - Materials & Resources West Michigan what you think and how we can serve you better! The User Agreement and Rules and Policies must be understood and accepted before using the Exchange - Materials & Resources West Michigan as a lister or buyer. If you are still unsure about listing an item, contact the lisasabourin@eawm.net