How Redundant Packaging Provides Cost Savings

How Redundant Packaging Provides Cost Savings
August 16, 2018 Elaine

How Redundant Packaging Provides Cost Savings

Packaging is an essential component of an efficient supply chain. Once used it is often treated as general waste and not as a potential resource. However, this creates additional costs to business as well as having a detrimental impact on the environment.

Industrial Symbiosis or IS, is a concept that when harnessed to its full potential, can be a strategic element of the supply chain and achieves top levels of The Waste Hierarchy.

The Challenge

A practitioner provided a site assessment for a construction company.

Significant volumes of cardboard boxes and packing from one of the company’s suppliers were identified as a resource stream but was being disposed of in skips.


The Solution

Using their knowledge of the materials and the solutions available, they provided the company with a clear opportunity to apply Industrial Symbiosis.

Next they introduced the company to a range of solution providers.  Initially the company purchased and installed a baler from a solution provider with the expertise of manufacturing balers, compactors and specialist bespoke recycling machinery. This allowed them to segregate the cardboard for recycling. 

The company then selected another solution provider who collected the materials for recycling and repurposing, which reduced waste disposal costs.

The Benefits

These solutions demonstrate the benefits of redundant materials having significant value as well as reducing the company’s environmental impact.  It has also provided an opportunity to evaluate resources across the company’s other locations for ongoing IS to be applied in their supply chain.  Collaborating with local companies ensures mutually exclusive benefits are kept within the economy.

  • Cost Savings: £10,525
  • CO2 Reduction: 157t
  • Landfill Diversion: 62t


The Industrial Symbiosis Service is funded by Invest Northern Ireland and delivered by International Synergies NI Ltd