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Redefining Waste - Realising Profits. Definition of Industrial Symbiosis. One company’s under exploited asset is another organisation’s opportunity Looking beyond sector boundaries Encouraging cooperation and collaboration New market opportunities within network

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Redefining Waste - Realising Profits

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Definition of Industrial Symbiosis

  • One company’s under exploited asset is another organisation’s opportunity

  • Looking beyond sector boundaries

  • Encouraging cooperation and collaboration

  • New market opportunities within network

  • Increasing range of resources that have commercial value

  • Not limited to any particular resource: materials, energy, water, expertise, capacity, logistics….

  • Improving overall resource efficiency/adding to the bottom line

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Why Industrial Symbiosis?

Business Opportunity

Landfill ↓

Jobs ↑

New Business ↑

CO2 ↓

Sales ↑

Costs ↓

Inward Investment↑

Transport ↓


Asset Utilisation ↑

Knowledge Transfer ↑

Learning ↑

Innovation ↑


R & D ↑

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What is SISP ?

  • SISP is a business - led initiative that uses the IS approach

  • Creating new market opportunities

  • Increasing the range of resources that have commercial value

  • Adding to the bottom line and improving resource efficiency for all involved

  • Delivering the National Industrial Symbiosis Program (NISP) in Scotland

  • Funded by Scottish Executive, Scottish Enterprise and SEPA

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Delivery Model

  • Speed Dating Workshops/Resource Efficiency Events

  • Referrals through Partners

  • Targeted Approach

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Whisky – what waste?



Whisky Distillery




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Hypothetical IS potential

Donate to social enterprise making furniture

Use to smoke fish

Fuel source

Transfer to neighbouring company for power

Whisky Distillery

Convert and sell to local farmer for animal feed

Backhaul with suitable materials

Transfer to neighbouring company as alternative to potable

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  • Shellfish waste – working with academia to help a processor develop a new product from waste

    • Using crab shells to purify effluent , remove the copper

  • Sandstone off-cuts – looking for alternative uses – SMAS referral

  • Concrete Block Manufacture – sourcing glass, trialling new materials, looking for sites

  • Land remediation – using by products from manufacturing, activated sludge, gypsum

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Henry Boot Plc

Shell UK

National Farmers Union

Scottish Water

Viridor Waste Management

Shore Recycling

William Tracey Ltd


Carron Phoenix

Brand and Rae Ltd

Mitsubushi Electric

Forestry Commission

Laing O’Rourke

Community Recycling Network Scotland

WH Malcolm Ltd

Competitive Scotland

Marine Harvest (Scotland) Ltd

Tes Amm (Europe) Ltd

Falkirk Council

Borders Machinery Ring

BAA Edinburgh

Lafarge Cement UK

Network Rail

Edinburgh University (pallets)

St. Andrews University (mattresses)

Some of our Members

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NISP National IS Model

  • Helped divert more than 560,000 tonnes of waste from Landfill

  • Created 154 new jobs and safeguarded an additional 260

  • Cost savings to industry of more than £30,327,000

  • Generated £17,711,000 in additional sales

  • Private investment of more than £9,500,00 in reprocessing and recycling

  • Reduced CO2 emissions by 350,000 tonnes