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By-Product Synergy Northwest

Turn Waste to Profit

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  • Changing waste into revenue.
  • Fostering cross-industry communication.
  • Breaking down barriers between government and industry. 
  • Engaging small and large companies.
  • Creating economic opportunities while reducing environmental impacts.

Welcome to By-Product Synergy NW

By-Product Synergy NW is an NBIS initiative that engages members in innovative, entrepreneurial approaches to materials and resource management on a regional basis.

How By-Product Synergy works for you:

Begin with a site visit to assess your by-product materials and waste practices. Synergy and exchange opportunities  are identified; waste reduction strategies are recommended.

Connect with members: Quarterly member meetings introduce you to the BPS member community where you exchange best practices and expertise and make valuable connections.

Join a Working Group: working groups address common materials or industry challenges and foster regional approaches to materials and resources.

Document and showcase your results: We help you calculate the impact in dollars saved, revenue generated, greenhouse gas reductions and more. We provide opportunities for you to tell the story and be recognized for your leadership.

Participate in Regional Activities: BPS NW has hosted community synergy events in Seattle and in Northwest Washington. More are being planned for Washington state communities and regions this year. These stimulate regional materials exchanges and widen the mix of companies participating in the BPS NW Network. (Want a Synergy Event in your community? Contact us.)

Outcomes and Successes:  Member companies are finding the following benefits from their participation:

  • Discovering opportunities to sell their materials instead of paying for disposal themselves.
  • Adapting their processes for the use of materials that require less cost and handling in disposal.
  • Developing recycling and waste reduction expertise and increasing their recycling rates.
  • Engaging in profitable transactions for both one-time and for longer term exchanges and transactions.
  • Accessing technical expertise and regulatory guidance for assessing opportunities.
  • Buying, selling and trading on the Materials Innovation Exchange website, as well as sharing innovative stories and other resources.

These activities have resulted in significant waste reduction and economic gain for the parties involved as well as for the region.

Current Members, Partners & Participants:
Association of Washington Business
Canyon Creek Cabinet Co.
Cascade Designs
Cascadia Consulting Group
Cedar Grove Composting
Correctional Industries
Cosmo Specialty Fibers
Emerald Services
Genie Industries/Terex
Impact Washington
Jorgensen Forge
K2 Sports
King County Public Health
Nucor Steel Seattle, Inc.
Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)
Port of Seattle – SeaTac Airport
Ridolfi, Inc.
Seattle King County Economic Development Council
Seattle Public Utilities
Washington State Department of Ecology
Washington State University

New Members are welcome.
Membership is open to any company or organization that wishes to explore new opportunities to transform waste materials into products, or secure local recycled material streams in place of virgin feedstocks and participate in building innovative materials and resource leadership in the Northwest. The annual membership fee is based on total company sales. The network also welcomes affiliate members who wish to share their knowledge or expertise related to by-product synergy.

Contact us for information on membership and on upcoming member meetings.


The Materials Innovation Exchange is a free regional marketplace and global resource center supporting innovation in materials management and waste reduction.

Use the Materials Marketplace to Buy, Sell or Trade industrial by-products. Turn waste into revenue and find local sources for materials (more regional marketplace hubs coming online soon).

Visit the Innovation Zone for success stories, innovative ideas and tools. Access case studies and use queries to find solutions to difficult materials. You can even Consult an Expert for technical advice on materials reuse, disposal and substitution!

 Add your story – Post your materials: Visit the Materials Innovation Exchange and become part of the materials innovation community!