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COM 450 A04 - By-Product Synergy
Transcript of COM 450 A04 - By-Product Synergy
In nature, waste=food
By-product synergy (BPS)
Single-sector supply loops
Multi-industry BPS -
Applied sustainability LLC
Self-organized vs. eco-industry park
Leverage points: places to intervene in a system
What it is & Why should we care
Changing the system
The synergy among
industries, agriculture and communities resulting in profitable conversion of by-products and wastes to resources promoting sustainability. - EPA
Esty and Porter 1998, Chertow 2007
implementation is the key
Casella now sells our "dirty" plastic to another party that uses it to make plastic substitutes for wood (that goes into outdoor benches, decking, etc).
What are some of the constraints that may prevent the loops from closing?
Source: Geyer and Jackson (2004)
Cabot produces a lot of "dirty" plastic (plastic that's come into contact with food) at our cut-and-wrap facility and it needs a home (NOT landfill!)