By-Product Synergy Northwest Project
Many different industries send way too much waste to landfills, at home and abroad. By-Product Synergy NW (BPS NW) is a Northwest public-private partnership that takes a closed-loop and regional approach to materials and resources. Outputs become inputs, and they don’t travel far to do so.
Member companies work in facilitated sessions to identify opportunities to reuse waste materials or optimize the use of input materials. Technical experts and regulatory representatives support the program and help participants develop innovative approaches to save money and reduce waste.
Starting in 2013, PPRC will assist these programs by facilitating workgroups focused on chemical trades. These Chemical Workgroups aim to identify opportunities for mutually beneficial uses for chemical wastes.
Since 2007, BPS NW has engaged a core group of companies, including heavy industries like Shell Oil and Nucor Steel, and Northwest-based manufacturers such as Genie Industries and Canyon Creek Cabinet Company.
By-Product Synergy NW is managed by NBIS (Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability) in collaboration with PPRC, Washington State Department of Ecology, the US Business Council for Sustainable Development, and other partners.
Materials Innovation Exchange Online Toolbox (MAIX)
During 2011, development began on a first-class resource for materials exchange. The unique Materials Innovation Exchange website is in beta right now. The website aims to include a public facing marketplace for materials exchange (alongside a members only space) plus an innovation center offering resources and solutions for dealing with challenging materials.
The site is both a materials marketplace and a global knowledge bank supporting innovation in materials management and waste reduction. Seed funding was provided by the Washington State Department of Ecology and Rhizome Design. Rhizome is an NBIS member company, contributing web development and design expertise to the project.
Working Groups and Examples of Materials Innovation
For more information on these projects, please contact:
Mary Rose, Co-Executive Director, NBIS