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Industrial Symbiosis There is no such thing as waste
Trevor Knipe
International Synergies NI Ltd
What is Industrial Symbiosis?
•Numerous academic definitions...
In essence:
•Industrial symbiosis is a systems approach to a
more sustainable and integrated industrial economy
that identifies business opportunities to improve
resource utilisation (materials, energy, water,
capacity, expertise, assets etc)
Industrial Symbiosis Advances The Circular Economy
Linear system
Transition towards
a circular system
Products
Products
Natural
Resources
Waste
Natural Resources
Waste
To
Products
• Change the perception of industries
• Enhancing business opportunities
• Reduce Costs
• Increase environmental benefits
Resource
Natural Resources
Industrial Symbiosis & The Waste Hierarchy
IS works to keep resources in the top 3 levels of the Waste
Hierarchy
“The higher the level, the greater the cost saving”
IS works to keep resources in the top 3 levels of the Waste
Hierarchy
“The higher the level, the greater the cost saving”
Industrial Symbiosis NI Outputs (2007-Mar 2014)
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1800+
306
230,000t
6,000+t
214,000t
295,000t
36
53
• £1.9m
• £9.5m
• £14.6m
Members
Synergies completed
Landfill diversion
Hazardous waste saved
Virgin materials saved
CO2 saved
Jobs created
Jobs safe-guarded
Private investment
Cost savings in businesses
Additional sales for businesses
Foylehov
• Foylehov – Crawford Contracts
– Discarded Astroturf
– Cost Savings £2500 plus ongoing labour costs saved by using
materials
– Landfill diversion 12 tonnes
Wilson Agriculture
Wilson Agri
“Being a part of the Industrial Symbiosis
service has enabled us to find valuable
alternative sources of material. This not
only saves us money but enables us to
remain competitive in export markets too.”
Andrew Wilson, Wilson Agri Ltd
Used Truck Trailer Curtains
Current Haves
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Lime from animal nutrient production
Astro Turf trimmings from new installations
Surplus heat from CHP and plastics manufacturing
Companies looking for CE Marking expertise
Glass fibre insulation
Out of date animal feed
Current Wants
• Dry food processing by-products for animal
feed
• Clean wood waste for fuel & animal bedding
• Organic wastes for anaerobic digestion
• Used chemical solvents
• Useable 1.5t Bulk Bags (FIBC’s)
• PVCu Window off cuts and post consumer
window frames
• Rubber crumb for animal comfort products
Really simple principle:
making matches…
What do you HAVE?
What do you WANT?
Unwanted resources
Resources you can
use / process
MATCHES are made
Name:
Company:
Email:
Tel:
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Table Cloths/ Napkins
Clean Mixed Plastic - unprocessed
100 tonnes per week
Astro-turf
Fire Hose Reels
Artists Easels
Wooden Crates
Heavy duty plastic pallets (30-40)
48 inches L x 40 inches W x 6.5
inches Deep
Old Office or Workshop Furniture
and Fittings
205 litre plastic barrels (over 300)
Clean IBC's
Plastic & Cardboard – 1 x 1100 bin
of each per week
Yard Sweepings
Pallets & Wooden crates – 12 to
20 per week
Stand-by Generators (500KVA)
Polystyrene – half 1100 bin per
week
Heat and Steam from Boilers and
Plant
Name:
Company:
Email:
Tel:
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Table Cloths/ Napkins
Clean Mixed Plastic - unprocessed
100 tonnes per week
Astro-turf
Fire Hose Reels
Artists Easels
Wooden Crates
Heavy duty plastic pallets (30-40)
48 inches L x 40 inches W x 6.5
inches Deep
Old Office or Workshop Furniture
and Fittings
205 litre plastic barrels (over 300)
Clean IBC's
Plastic & Cardboard – 1 x 1100 bin
of each per week
Yard Sweepings
Pallets & Wooden crates – 12 to
20 per week
Stand-by Generators (500KVA)
Polystyrene – half 1100 bin per
week
Heat and Steam from Boilers and
Plant
Progressing Synergies
Idea
Write Case
Study
Discussion
Complete
Negotiation
Implementation
For more information please contact
International Synergies NI Ltd
16 Church Street,
028 3833 3438
[email protected],
synergies.com
BT62 3LN
Web : www.international-synergies.com
We are always happy to:
• Meet with you at your site
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• Help you cut costs and become more resource efficient

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