Advisory System for Processing, Innovation & Resource Exchange (ASPIRE) is a 'proof of concept' project that has been developed in response to manufacturing companies talking to their local councils about waste disposal costs, particularly those associated with increasing landfill levies.

The Challenge

Waste costs can impact business competitiveness

Increased waste costs and material input costs have impacted on the competitiveness of businesses in Victoria.

As a result, many Victorian local councils have introduced business sustainability programs aimed at successfully improving business competitiveness, while reducing adverse environmental impacts.

Our Response

Introducing ASPIRE

ASPIRE is a 'proof of concept' project that has been developed in response to manufacturing companies talking to their local councils about waste disposal costs, particularly those associated with increasing landfill levies.

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.

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Our project partners are:

  • Kingston City Council
  • Hume City Council
  • Dandenong City Council
  • Knox City Council
  • State Government of Victoria (Digital Futures Fund).

The Results

Changing the way we deal with waste

The system will also use and embed CSIRO's expertise in industrial engineering and industrial ecology, to help codify logistics and manufacturing processes, and to characterise and identify potential material exchanges between small to medium enterprises (SMEs).

The system will:

  • provide rich and dynamically tailored information about waste management possibilities for a business
  • facilitate the diversion of materials from waste streams by suggesting business-to- business solutions
  • provide case studies and resource information on innovative reuse and recycling initiatives for materials
  • give users a dynamic overview of information about the manufacturing material flows in their region.

An existing CSIRO-developed ICT (decision support) system, the Infrastructure Futures Analysis Platform (IFAP), will be at the core of this industry material flow system.

The ASPIRE project aims to demonstrate a successful web-based ICT system that delivers benefits to SMEs, such as:

  • reduction in landfill costs
  • creation of new business opportunities and jobs
  • improved business awareness of waste/resource streams
  • identification of potential companies for resource exchanges and alternatives to resource disposal
  • increased knowledge of the types of potential resource exchanges available.

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