Why Business Waste Matters

NSW businesses send more than 2.5 million tonnes of business waste to landfill each year. The good news is more than 70 per cent of this could be reused or recycled.  Reducing waste is good for business and valuable water, energy and natural resources. By reducing the demand on raw materials you can lessen the impact on the environment and reduce purchasing and waste disposal costs in your business.


The Business Waste Reduction Project has been designed to support business to reduce their waste. The benefits to business are often reduced waste disposal costs, a leaner and more sustainable business, and the ability to deliver on customer’s expectations that the businesses they frequent impact minimally on our environment.


There are a number of ways that business can receive support through Circulate Northern Rivers.


Business can directly contact the project coordinator with any questions or requests for assistance,


Or they can join one of our business programs.


Circular Cafes is currently supporting 100 foodie businesses in the Northern Rivers with Circular Cafes. Head to the website for more information.


Alternatively they can register as Waste Warriors here.  Registration is FREE. Registered businesses will automatically receive the free e-toolkit containing:


  • Bin signage to assist you with waste management in your business.
  • Your local government areas pricing and service availability fact sheet.
  • The 6 step's for business waste success.
  • The easy worm farming guide and the easy composting guide.
  • A personalised Waste Warrior Certificate.
  • Fact sheets specific to your business type.
  • An electronic decal for your website and Facebook page.
  • Registered business can also receive free onsite support.


We love to recognise and reward businesses that are doing the right thing, so regular promotional opportunities are also available for registered businesses.


Register today your business as a Waste Warrior to start reaping the rewards!


Circulate Northern Rivers aims to inspire encourage and assist local businesses to participate in the Circular Economy. Fostering local connections and solutions, supporting the Northern Rivers shift to a prosperous, sustainable and healthy local economy.

NE Waste has been working with Northern Rivers business for over fifteen years and has seen the need for a different approach to dealing with end of pipe resource management. This combined with export waste bans, diminishing solutions for recyclable resources and growing consumer awareness, provides an opportunity to take a more strategic approach, based less on waste management and more on avoidance, innovation and connecting business with resources, knowledge and know how.


The collaboration between North East Waste Member Councils, the activities of the business program, and business and industry network connections throughout the region means NE Waste is ideally positioned to facilitate, develop and support Circular Economy activities across the Northern Rivers.


Taking this collaborative, connected approach will ensure that the Northern Rivers moves forward faster, and is responsive to future growth opportunities that are in line with a regenerative economic approach to growth in the Northern Rivers bio-region.


Circular Economy initiatives will not only meet the strategic objective of the NE Waste business program to divert waste from landfill, they will also support member Councils to transition towards a zero waste and lower carbon future for the Northern Rivers.


Contact kim@newaste.org.au for more information.



Ballina Shire

Clarence Valley


Lismore City

Richmond Valley

Tweed Shire

This program is supported by the NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.


Visit your local Council's website for more info on waste and recycling



Byron Shire