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US and UK symbiosis programmes join forces

A trans-Atlantic partnership deal between two waste synergy programmes will boost the international market for by-product reuse.

Together, UK-based International Synergies and the US Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD) will expand the reach of each programme and share project resources and expertise.

Both organisations identify synergies where by-products, which would otherwise be disposed of, can be reused elsewhere. Through their projects they reduce waste and green house gas emissions.

International Synergies is also the company behind the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP), which is on target to deliver 5% of the UKs Kyoto commitment to reduce carbon emissions.

International Synergies chief executive Peter Laybourn said: Joining forces with the US BCSD will help develop the NISP programme further in the UK by sharing examples of best practice. The link also provides the opportunity for each programme to learn from the limitations and barriers experienced by one in favour of growth and collaborative development."

The US BCSD recently toured UK animal by-product recycler Join Pointon & Sons in Stoke-on-Trent to see how meat and bone meal is recovered and reused in place of virgin materials in cement production.

US BCSD is working with the public and private sector on projects in Kansas City, Chicago, Seattle, Mobile, Central Ohio, Houston, and Boston.

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Image: International Synergies chief executive Peter Laybourn


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