Presentation on theme: "Northwest Environmental Conference - December 2010 Debra Taevs, NW Pollution Prevention Resource Center Dorothy Fisher Atwood, Zero Waste Alliance."— Presentation transcript:
Northwest Environmental Conference - December 2010 Debra Taevs, NW Pollution Prevention Resource Center Dorothy Fisher Atwood, Zero Waste Alliance
ResourceFULL Use Facilitated waste exchange Inputs and outputs map the path Waste can lead to the supply chain Innovation – Job creation nexus between waste and re-materialization In-situ Eco-Industrial Parks: Exchanges and collaboration first step Product stewardship – take back is key in green supply chain
Materials & Upstream (Production) Use Downstream (end of life management) Life Cycle Stages
Principle: One companies by- product is anothers resource Anne Anderson, illustrator. Anne Anderson's Old, Old Fairy Tales. Racine, Wisconsin: Whitman Publishing Company, Like Rumplestiltskin, spinning straw into gold!
Whats still in the waste stream??
ResourceFull Use, Portland Others –UK: Industrial Symbiosis –Puget Sound: By-Product Synergy –Eastern Washington: Industrial Materials Exchange Many successful examples Image courtesy of 04/ A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet… Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, 1594
ResourceFull Use Partners: Zero Waste Alliance, Columbia Corridor Association and PPRC Boeing Process Quarterly workshops Speed Dating Exchanges Database development
ResourceFull Use- Metrics One-time Exchange of 250 gallons of yellow traffic paint destined for a hazardous waste landfill. Dollars saved by businesses –Cost of Paint - $2,000 for 250 gallons –Cost of disposal - $750 (assume $150/drum to haz waste landfill) Pounds of waste prevented: 2,500 lbs (assume 10lb/gallon) Gallons of transportation fuel saved: 1.6 gallons of diesel fuel (Transport to Haz waste site in Arlington) Estimates of Greenhouse gas reductions: –Estimate from manufacturing of paint: 6,300 pounds CO2 –Estimate from fuel saved: 42 pounds of CO2
Nursery Plant Pots Nursery and transfer station found each other in Speed Exchange Dating On-going exchange since December 2009 Transfer station pulls plant pots from waste stream Nursery picks up Pounds diverted: (over 4 tons) Avoided cost of new pots: $9400+ Sale of extra pots: $1000+ Total: $10,500+
ResourceFull Use - Current Status Free! Quarterly workshops Attendance – 20 to 30 participants New opportunities identified –Plastic waste for use in concrete –Reuse of linens for fabric insulation, prison linens –Out of spec. traffic vinyl signage for tote bags, bike panniers –Waste wire into steel production –Super sacks –Refrigerant –Share meeting space –Truck space for back hauling –Street sweepings, vactor wastes to sand, pumice, filter cakes and Eco Blocks
ResourceFull Use 2011 Quarterly Workshops From 9:30 to 11:30, In the Portland Airport Business Center, Room - St. Helens B February 24 th May 19 th August 18 th November 17 th
ResourceFULL Use Participants include: Port of Portland Siltronic Air Water and Soil Technologies Malarky Roofing SAPA Inc. Rockwest Training Precision Cast Parts (PCC) City of Portland Waste Connections Metro Stevens Printing Oregon Canadian Lumber Products Portland State University CCI Enterprises Aloft Hotel Columbia Steel Pavement Maintenance, Inc. Waste Xpress Environmental GEO Design Altec Industries Solar World USA Association of OR Nurseries
Northwest By-Product Synergy Results Summary - $393,000+ annual savings metric tons CO 2 equivalent emissions avoided annually tons of material diverted annually tons of material not purchased
Puget Sound: NBIS - CHARTER COMPANIES – 2008/9 Canyon Creek Cabinets Cascade Designs Conoco-Phillips Cook Composites and Polymers Genie Industries Grays Harbor Paper Company King County Solid Waste Division LaFarge Leader International Nucor Steel Phillips Services Port of Seattle – SeaTac Airport Seattle Public Utilities Shell Puget Sound Refinery Snohomish County Solid Waste Management Division Tri-Vitro
National Industrial Symbiosis Project - U.K. NISP is a free business opportunity programme that: delivers financial environmental and social benefits The first industrial symbiosis initiative in the world to be launched on a national scale.
NISP Possibly the most successful exchange project in world Government funded No barrier to participation Now in its 6 th year Funding: approx. US$8 million
NISP Results November 2010 Boosted U.K. economy by between £ billion Created and safeguarded 8,770 jobs Generated £880 in new sales for members Saved £780 for members Reduced carbon emissions 30 million tonnes Prevented the use of 48 tonnes of virgin materials Generated £151 new sales for members Eliminated 1.8 million tonnes of hazardous waste Saved 47 million tonnes of industrial wastewater Diverted 35 million tonnes of industrial waste from landfill Saved over 48 million tonnes of virgin material from use in the U.K.
Learnings Huge potential Facilitation required! Not easy, but can be rewarding The process often results in less glamorous and traditional recycling The more trading partners the better
Innovation and Job Creation Many wastes/by-products are not directly ready for input in another process Transformation or re-materialization is required Niche for innovators and job incubators to create feedstock or products Examples: Nursery pots – sterilization process required. Portland Transportation out-of-spec road signs into bike panniers
Product Stewardship Lesson relearned over and over: Required take-back would: Solve many tough waste problems Provide feedstock for original manufacturer Example: Escalator hand rails – high quality material could be designed for re-manufacturing
Key Lessons Inputs and outputs map the path Waste can lead to the supply chain In-situ Eco-Industrial Parks: Exchanges and collaboration first step Innovation – Job creation nexus between waste and re-materialization Product stewardship – take back is key in green supply chain Create a Supply Matrix rather than chain
Contacts: Debra Taevs NW Pollution Prevention Resource Center (503) Dorothy Fisher Atwood Zero Waste Alliance