- Last updated:
- 25 Sep 2020
Don’t waste it! Re-think and re-use resources in business.
If your business has unwanted resources (e.g. electronics, wood, metal and by-product), instead of sending it to landfill, you put it to better use by listing it on ASPIRE for other businesses to source and use.
This ‘greener’ solution can help your business save costs, make new connections, and contribute to a circular economy.
What is ASPIRE
ASPIRE stands for Advisory System for Process Innovation and Resource Exchange. It’s an online matchmaking tool for businesses to list and exchange material resources locally.
Sunshine Coast Council has invested in a license for our local business community to have access to this great circular economy, business-to-business platform.
ASPIRE was designed to
- promote business sustainability
- divert waste from landfill
- develop new collaborations.
This product uses an algorithm which actively curates and sends you potential matches based on your profile. This will save you time searching for opportunities.
If your business is offering or seeking unwanted resources, you can easily list it on ASPIRE. You will connect with local businesses, manufacturers, re-manufacturers and recyclers.
How your business can benefit
Register your Sunshine Coast business and your potential waste stream to connect with other businesses or community groups that could reuse your outputs.
Teaming up with other local businesses could provide a number of cost savings and environmental benefits associated with resource exchange transactions, these include:
How to 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. You are now ready to connect with businesses for resource exchange transactions.
With Council purchasing the license, this circular economy platform enables all Sunshine Coast businesses (up to 100 staff) the opportunity to register and access the platform free of charge, find a sustainable way to remove their waste stream as another business/community group/s input. This benefit not only reduces their waste costs, it provides them a sustainability option for their business and assists to get more waste out of landfill reducing the regions carbon emissions healthy, smart and creative.
Apart from the extensive multiple waste streams that be exchanged, traded, sold the ASPIRE platform has smart algorithms that assists connecting what people are looking for and who has been listing that kind of input. Being a digital platform, Sunshine Coast businesses registered on the platform are not geographically restrained and other councils in Queensland are coming on board to enable a greater geographical opportunity for expanded opportunity.
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, and 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.