The circular economy can help businesses save costs, streamline processes, minimise demand on resources, lower carbon emissions, and reduce landfill and pollution. ASPIRE is a digital tool that empowers businesses to begin their journey towards circularity.
As a business you can now trade, exchange or sell your unwanted waste with the ASPIRE program - helping you to reduce your waste disposal costs and also minimising the amount of waste sent to landfill.
What is the Circular Economy ?
The earth's resources are not limitless. We need to move away from the linear 'take - make - waste' system, to ensure that we have enough food, energy, resources and materials to continue to serve the needs of our ever growing populations, while limiting the impact on the environment and biodiversity.
Around the world the explosion of global trade, consumption and increased urbanisation has led to the exploitation and destruction of nature at a rate never seen before. The current state of our planet is a direct result of the way we produce and consume things. This linear, extractive and polluting model poses major risks to our economic activities and is a threat to our won well-being.
The circular economy gives us the tools to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss, while also addressing important social needs. A circular economy creates a thriving economy that benefits everyone within the limits of our planet. It goes beyond simply sustaining what we have, and focuses on driving growth which regenerates and actually improves our natural world.
Watch the video to find out more about the Circular Economy and what it looks like in practice.
What is ASPIRE?
ASPIRE is an online material resource match-matchmaking platform which allows businesses to find alternative solutions for waste currently going to landfill. As a business, it works by enabling you to list unwanted waste streams and connects you with potential remanufacturers, purchasers or recyclers of your waste resource. It helps businesses take the first step on the circular economy journey.
The ASPIRE platform was originally developed by CSIRO and Data 61 as a pilot, in response to manufacturing companies talking to their local councils about waste disposal costs - particularly those associated with increasing landfill levies.
Watch the video to find out more about the ASPIRE Marketplace as a tool for business.
What benefits does ASPIRE bring to my business?
Connecting with other businesses who can re-use or re-purpose your waste may provide several cost savings and environmental benefits, including:
- Save costs on waste disposal
- Earn revenue from waste
- Divert waste from landfill
- Create new supply chains
- Connect businesses
- Create new ideas for re-use and recycling
- Exchange or sell items
- Reduce emissions and track your carbon savings
- Receive transparency on your transactions with SGS verification system.
What resources can I trade?
You can trade and dispose of many different waste streams and products on the ASPIRE platform:
- Automotive parts
- Construction waste
- Demolition waste
- Electronic waste
- Organic waste
- Wood and timber
Plus an 'Other category' for anything else that does not fit into the above streams.
Watch the video to see how easy it is to trade a resource.
What are some success stories with ASPIRE?
How do I get my business started with ASPIRE?
The ASPIRE platform is FREE for Campbelltown Local Government Area (LGA) located businesses with 20 employees or less.
Register via the below link. Once your account has been activated, you'll receive an email with login details.
This short video demonstrates how to easily sign up to the ASPIRE platform.
Register your business
What if I have more than 20 staff, does that mean I miss out?
No, it doesn't mean you miss out on joining the ASPIRE platform. Businesses of any size can join, however there is an annual fee for larger businesses. But, the good news is we have negotiated a 50% discount off the standard fees specifically for Campbelltown based businesses.
If you have any questions or would like to find out more contact Ashley Cooper, Community Manager ASPIRE NSW via email email@example.com or call 0427 270 604