Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP) delivered by GreenCape
The Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Program (WISP) has developed a platform that aids with transforming the largely consumptive and wasteful linear economy model into a more circular economy model. The resource exchanges facilitated by WISP divert waste from landfills, generate financial benefits for members, reduce the carbon intensity of production processes and create job opportunities, ultimately making the manufacturing sector more competitive and resilient to climate change.
Since its establishment in 2013, it adopted a more progressive approach beyond landfill diversion to conducting material flow analysis (MFA) on industrial areas to determine opportunities for interventions to increase resource efficiency. It has evolved and its efficiency has improved.
WISP has established its credibility by completing resource exchanges and creating case studies. It gains sustainability by being more capable of attracting new members into the network. Also, the program integrates informal businesses from neighboring communities like waste pickers to establish businesses for mutual benefit.