The challenge

Waste costs can impact business competitiveness

While landfill should be the last option for waste disposal, it's often the first choice for small and medium sized businesses in Australia.

With a whopping estimate of 50 per cent of reusable or recyclable resources going to landfill, it's not only an environmental and social concern, but a growing economic problem for Victorian businesses due to increasing landfill levies and cost of waste management.

Our response

Introducing ASPIRE

ASPIRE (Advisory System for Processing, Innovation & Resource Exchange) is an online marketplace which finds alternative solutions for waste going to landfill.

We're using smart technology to help businesses with their waste management. © Angelo Tsirekas

It works by intelligently match-matching businesses with potential remanufacturers, purchasers or recyclers of their waste resources.

The platform was originally developed as a proof of concept project in response to manufacturing companies talking to their local councils about waste disposal costs - particularly those associated with increasing landfill levies.

ASPIRE's approach featured in a case study for the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) in 2016. With this success, in addition to the wastes diverted from landfill and savings for businesses, the proof-of-concept project is now being converted into a pilot, extending to new areas in Victoria.

This collaborative project focuses on the development and deployment of an ICT system that will assist the efforts of businesses and councils to reduce their operating costs, and improve the economic development outcomes of a region. This project employs closed loop thinking and is part of supporting a circular economy.

The results

Changing the way we deal with waste

ASPIRE uses smart technology helps businesses deal with their waste.

By encouraging the diversion of waste to landfill, ASPIRE is reducing waste and input resource costs, and reducing pressure on local landfill sites.

It's also encouraging sustainable business operations for SMEs and partners involved in the project, providing educational opportunities like resource identification for re-manufacturing or re-use, and and increased awareness of SME waste/by-product services.

As an Australian-first tool, ASPIRE also delivers increased business opportunities for networking and collaboration opportunities.

Our project partners for the proof of concept project are:

  • Kingston City Council
  • Hume City Council
  • Dandenong City Council
  • Knox City Council
  • Barwon South West Waste & Resource Recovery Group, on behalf of their 9 constituent councils

We would also like to acknowledge the State Government of Victoria (Digital Futures Fund) and the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group for their investment.

Companies located within these regions are able to gain access the ASPIRE website.

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