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About By-Product Synergy

By-Product Synergy NW member-the Materials Innovation ExchangeWelcome to By-Product Synergy NW

By-Product Synergy NW brings innovative companies together to jointly address their use of materials and explore opportunities for turning waste to resources — even opportunities to create new products.

As a result of the collaborative and inspiring peer environment, companies are implementing a diverse set of economically viable measures, including:

  • Reducing the upfront need of materials and associated expenditure through optimized packaging and process improvements.
  • Finding opportunities to sell their materials instead of paying for disposal themselves. (Knowing about more potential buyers allows them to negotiate better prices and/or optimize for lower transportation cost.)
  • Adapting their processes for the use of materials that require less cost and handling in disposal.
  • Developing recycling and waste reduction expertise and increasing their recycling rates.
  • Engaging in profitable transactions for both one-time and for longer term exchanges and transactions.

All these activities have resulted in significant waste reduction and economic gain for the parties involved as well as for the region.

The program has built expertise among its members and has demonstrated that collaboration creates a broad variety of opportunities for optimizing materials between a diverse set of companies.

Additional benefits include:

  • Materials research supporting new insights on re-use of materials.
  • Opportunities to showcase successes in optimizing supply chains and implementing sustainability strategies.
  • Hazardous waste reductions.
  • Support for innovative new companies, such as NewWood (www.newwood.com), that create jobs while reducing environmental impact.

Participating Manufacturers:
Canyon Creek Cabinet Co.
Cascade Designs
Cedar Grove Composting/Emerald Services
City of Tacoma
Correctional Industries
Cosmo Specialty Fibers
Emerald Services
Genie Industries/Terex
Impact Washington
Ingenium
Jorgensen Forge
K2 Sports
LaFarge
King County Solid Waste
McKinstry
Mt. Baker Bio
Nucor Steel
NW Pollution Prevention Resource Center
Port of Seattle
SeaTac
Precor
Ridolfi, Inc.
Romac
S.D. Deacon
Seattle Public Utilities
Trex

Partners:
Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)
ResourceFull Use
Rhizome Design
Washington State Department of Ecology
Washington State University
USBCSD

New Members are welcome.
Membership is open to any company or organization that wishes to explore new opportunities to transform waste materials into products, or secure local recycled material streams in place of virgin feedstocks and participate in building innovative materials and resource leadership in the Northwest. The annual membership fee is based on total company sales. The network also welcomes affiliate members who wish to share their knowledge or expertise related to by-product synergy.

 

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