Resource Matching for Recycling
Opportunities and savings identified locally.
Following China’s restrictions on imported plastics at the start of 2018 (Operation National Sword), companies have been seeking alternative solutions for over 30% of redundant plastics. The increased gate fees imposed by recyclers can make the deal untenable for businesses seeking cost saving solutions and positive environmental impacts. The IS Service identifies positive alternative solutions.
Following an online enquiry, a practitioner conducted a site visit to a furniture manufacturer. The aim was to access quantity and condition of PVC veneer off-cuts from their production process. Production was growing at a steady rate, therefore there was an established supply of off-cuts that were baled onsite.
An existing IS member contacted a practitioner to source a solution for various mixed soft plastics. Their solution provider had increased its gate fees for plastics. The social enterprise also had restricted storage space, so a swift solution was required.
The practitioner researched various solution providers who did not rely upon shipping to China for their business model. The solution provider identified was located close to the company. After the practitioner facilitated an introduction, the companies met and agreed a successful recycling arrangement that is replicated 4 times a year.
Based on the established IS membership, the practitioner was able to advise of a specialist and local solution provider who sent the material for recycling in the UK.
This solution highlights the significant cost savings and landfill diversion by ensuring redundant material is recycled within the economy.
- Cost Savings: £3,500
- CO2 Reduction: 447t
- Landfill Diversion: 35t
This solution eliminated the need for additional storage facilities and removed costly management fees. It also generated additional sales for the social enterprise as the material was now of value.
A synergy of this nature highlights how the IS practitioner harnesses up to date market knowledge to provide timely and cost-effective resource solutions.
- Cost Savings: £920
- CO2 Reduction: 920t
- Additional Sales: £1,440
The Industrial Symbiosis Service is funded by Invest Northern Ireland and delivered by International Synergies NI Ltd