M-Cubed Diamond: Using Industrial Symbiosis Concepts to Reduce Flexible Packaging Flow to Landfill in Developing Countries

Start Date: 
Apr 1, 2016
End Date: 
Oct 31, 2017
Summary: 

Project ID: 1032

This project seeks to understand the potential to reduce waste from flexible films going to landfill or trash and use that mass to create energy in an economic and symbiotic fashion. The project will study the markets or business districts common in developing countries. These markets often consist of small distribution points at which many products are being sold. It is possible that using the concepts of industrial symbiosis, the research team can determine an appropriate network of collection of the flexible packaging waste that would then be transported to a waste-to-energy facility. The electricity or energy would then be used for benefit of the system or market in productive services. These services can include lighting for extended operation hours, cell phone or other electronic charging, or food processing.

Sponsor: 
Procter & Gamble