SMILE Resource Exchange is Ireland's national industrial symbiosis programme providing a platform for businesses to connect and identify synergies. It was established in 2010 by Macroom E with the support of Cork County and City Council, the Local Enterprise Offices and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Today the programme has over 1,400 businesses actively engaging and benefiting from the programme. Since 2010, over 300 successful synergies have been recorded, equating to over 8,000 tonnes of material and a combined cost saving for businesses of over €2.1 million.
"Cork County Council has recently launched its Local Economic and Community Plan and in this, one of the key tenets is working towards a circular economy model," Sean O'Sullivan, Chairperson of SMILE and Head of Enterprise at LEO South Cork said, adding: "We are delighted to be involved in the programme and urge businesses to get involved".
Michelle Green, Project Manager for SMILE, said the programme has gone from strength to strength and the award has highlighted the positive environmental and economic impact SMILE has had on businesses and organisations across Ireland.
SMILE is supported by the Environmental Protection Agency; Cork County Council; Cork City Council; LEOs; Southern Region, Eastern Midlands and Connacht Ulster Waste Management Offices and South Dublin County Council.