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.


Welcome to Circulate Northern Rivers.


Our mission is to utilise our unique position, working across the Northern Rivers to kick start the Circular Economy, by delivering projects that actively harness existing networks, effective and innovative solutions, to create less wasted resources, and a stronger more resilient Northern Rivers.


What is the Circular Economy?


The circular economy is a regenerative system in which resource input, waste, emission, and energy leakage are minimised by slowing, closing, and narrowing energy and material loops; this can be achieved through long-lasting design, maintenance, repair, reuse, re manufacturing, refurbishing, recycling, and upcycling.


This is in contrast to a linear economy which is a ‘take, make, dispose’ model of production.


The circular economy aims to maximise the value of resources by keeping products and materials in use for as long as possible. Resources are also recovered at the end of product life for use back into the economy, creating further value.


Essentially, the Circular Economy is the ultimate resource optimisation strategy.


How can you be involved?


  • Undertake a 30 minute Circulate Assessment with one of our team.


We help you to identify key opportunities in your business to maximise resources, and ensure recycling optimisation. Captured in an easy to implement personalised action plan for your business. Book your assessment here.


  • Join our network of businesses building a more resilient future for the Northern Rivers. Through the Circulate program, our activities will be based on the following themes.


What is the role for local government and regional businesses in the transition to a Circular Economy in the Northern Rivers?


How do you plan for a Circular Economy?


What funding opportunities exist and how can we get ready to access them?


This information and opportunities that come from it will be shared across the network, facilitating collaboration, education and projects that enhance our regions circularity and resourcefulness.





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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.


Early Achievements


  • Regional Stakeholder Engagement and Local Government Briefing
  • Circular Cafes Project (Click here to read impact report)
  • Resourcing and Resource Development
  • Resource Smart Strategies for Business.


Next Key Initiative


Impact event series connecting the regions leaders and change makers to activate the Circular Economy in the Northern Rivers.


Contact Us

Kim Potter

Circulate Program Manager, NE Waste


0406 996 988

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