ASPIRE - circular economy
  • Last updated:
  • 31 Aug 2021
Don’t waste it, re-use it! Register your business.

As a business you can now trade, exchange or sell your unwanted waste with the ASPIRE program, reducing waste disposal costs and the amount of waste sent to landfill.

What is ASPIRE

ASPIRE is a free online business to business tool for businesses up to 100 staff who need to list unwanted waste streams and be connected to businesses who can use this input as a reuse.

Commodities I could trade on the ASPIRE platform

  • Organic material
  • Paper & Cardboard
  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Glass
  • Textile
  • Hazardous material
  • Chemicals
  • Liquids
  • e-waste
  • Furniture
  • Automotive parts
  • Wood/timber
  • Other

Council has invested in a license for our local business community to have access to this great circular economy, business-to-business platform. Learn more about the circular economy.

Developed by CSIRO and Data 61, ASPIRE connects potential matches for your waste based on your profile. Apart from the extensive multiple waste streams that be exchanged, traded or sold the ASPIRE platform, it has smart algorithms. These assist connecting what people are looking for and who has been listing that kind of input. Being a digital platform, Coast businesses registered on the platform can find a solution locally. Businesses are not geographically restrained and other councils and businesses in Queensland are now coming on board to enable greater geographical and resource opportunities. this provides an expanded marketplace and opportunities.

Benefits to business

Using your waste as another businesses input could 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
  • Exchange resources
  • Reduce emissions

Access ASPIRE

Visit the ASPIRE website and register via the login link. Once your account has been activated, you’ll receive an email with login details.

Case studies

A new home for e-Waste

E-Waste is a huge problem in Australia. With approximately 109,000 tonnes of e-Waste disposed of annually, only 10% was recycled.  A Tech Recyclers, an Australian recycler, source electronic waste from businesses and schools for re-purposing and recycling. On ASPIRE, they were able to build their client base to expand their stockpile and divert e-Waste from landfill.

Timber and pallet recycling

Around 70% of timber waste end up in landfill, this includes timber pallets. It’s a hassle for businesses to dispose of timber pallets because they are bulky. Smart Recycling is a company that recycles timber waste and pallets into landscaping mulch, custom-made pallets and crates. This creates a sustainable cycling loop.

Contact 

If you have any questions send an email to economicdevelopment@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au to connect with an Economic Development Officer.