ASPIRE has been recognised by councils and business as adding value to their operations, and as an effective approach to achieving environmental outcomes for SMEs which is known to be challenging. Larger companies are also engaging with ASPIRE.
Economic, environmental and social metrics have been collected by CSIRO only from businesses who have reported a successful waste exchange to their council facilitator. Triple bottom line metrics are known to be under-reported, as we have noted the difference between businesses’ initial report and values they are willing to publically disclose in published case studies. However, we consider it important to focus on independently auditable outcomes. A business survey is planned for 2017 (for businesses joining prior to 2017) to identify further resource exchanges. This provides us with an opportunity to uncover additional business to business collaborations that have occurred as a consequence of the ASPIRE program. Once identified, we can follow up with companies to collect metrics of success.
118 businesses engaged in the project (December 2016)
1110 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill
$207,000 saved for business ($193,000 reduction in waste disposal cost; $14,000 reduction in input material cost)
12 new business to business collaborations