About By-Product Synergy
Welcome 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.
Canyon Creek Cabinet Co.
Cedar Grove Composting/Emerald Services
City of Tacoma
Cosmo Specialty Fibers
King County Solid Waste
Mt. Baker Bio
NW Pollution Prevention Resource Center
Port of Seattle
Seattle Public Utilities
Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)
Washington State Department of Ecology
Washington State University
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.