Resilience Case Study: Applying industrial symbiosis to support wood recycling in Cape Town
  Aug 22, 2019     Resilient Cape Town, 100 Resilient Cities, Resilience, waste sector desk, Case Study, green economy, recycling, Cape Town, GreenCape, waste, general, Document, Library, News, Wisp

GreenCape, in conjunction with the City of Cape Town and 100 Resilient Cities, has published a series of case studies showcasing practical examples of resilience in action in Cape Town.

Resilience is the “capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt and grow no matter what kind of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience” (100 Resilient Cities, 2019).

GreenCape has published a resilience case study looking at ways in which wood recycling can build economic resilience and help preserve natural resources, in this case wood, appropriately titled:  Applying industrial symbiosis to support wood recycling in Cape Town.

This case study uses Cape Town, a city which is largely reliant on other provinces in South Africa (SA) for its wood supply, as an example to discuss:

  • how industrial symbiosis is a mechanism that can be applied to ensure that wood is recycled and remains in the manufacturing economy as long as possible, and is not lost to landfills;
  • how wood value-add activities, focussing on secondary and tertiary manufacturing, can help build resilience to certain and uncertain future shocks (resource depletion, natural disasters etc.) to ensure business continuity; and
  • how one industrial sector can serve as a vehicle to build and support resilience in other industrial sectors.

To access the free case study, click on the link provided above (click the title).