Share. Don't waste it, reuse it.
Council is committed to developing and promoting the circular economy to diversify our local economy and support our sustainability goals, a priority statement of Council Plan (2021-2025). See our Circular Economy webpage (coming soon) for more information on our strategy to progress this area of work.
Research from Europe shows moving to a circular economy could increase economic growth by between 0.8% and 1.4% per year. That translates to GDP growth and more local jobs. We are encouraging Hepburn Shire businesses to embrace a circular economy.
ASPIRE is available to any Hepburn Shire ABN holder.
Council has invested in an ASPIRE license so that Hepburn Shire organisations with less than 20 staff have FREE access to the circular economy platform . Register your business in minutes to start exchanging waste today.
What if I have more than 20 employees?
You can still join the ASPIRE reuse platform. Businesses of any size can join, however there is an annual fee for larger businesses.
You are able to exchange resources with organisations outside of the Hepburn Shire including other councils and businesses in Victoria. This enables greater opportunity to exchange goods, divert resources from landfill, save on disposal costs and develop innovative solutions for troublesome materials.
Reusable items include: organics, paper and cardboard, metals, plastics, glass, textiles, hazardous items, chemicals, liquids, e-waste, construction and demolition, furniture, automotives, wood and timber and more.
Leveraging a circular economy model for exchanging waste can:
Save costs on waste disposal
Earn revenue from waste
Divert waste from landfill
Generate data on your business's sustainability commitment
Create new supply chains
Create new ideas for re-use and recycling
Exchange or sell items
Reduce CO2 emissions.
Getting started with Aspire is simple:
You will be notified when you have a match, or someone has expressed interested in your resource.
Handy videos to get you on your way to a circular economy!
Watch | The Circular Economy
Watch | The Benefits of a Circular Economy
Watch | How to sign up to ASPIRE
Watch | The ASPIRE dashboard
Watch | How to upload a resource
Watch | How to purchase a resource
Watch | How to make an offer on a resource
E-Waste is a huge problem in Australia. With approximately 109000 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.
Around 70% of timber waste ends up in landfill, this includes timber pallets. It’s a hassle for businesses to dispose of timber pallets because they are bulky. Food business, COYO, exchanges their timber pallets with Dolphin Plastics via Aspire to generate cost and carbon savings. In turn Dolphin Plastics uses the pallets for redistribution of their product. This creates a sustainable cycling loop.
Visit Aspire to register and access the marketplace.
If you have any questions or would like to find out more contact:
Cameron McKenzie, ASPIRE CEO, via email email@example.com or call 0417 212 240
firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with Jodi Newcombe, Circular Economy officer.