Promoting the Central Coast as a sustainable community through collectively developing ideas from dream to reality.
"Alone we achieve little, together we can achieve so much."
Organisations, big or small, often work in isolation to build their business and make their business model sustainable.
You can collaborate with like minded local businesses to develop practical strategies, identify opportunities and priority focus areas. We partner with all our members to:
In order to provide real outcomes and work effectively we will:
As a member of the group you will have access to:
Membership is open to all organisations and individuals that are committed to operating sustainably.
We offer a 1 month free trial for all new members and a variety of different membership levels are available.
We expect all members to respect each other and at all times to act with integrity.
Founded as an initiative of the NSW Department of Heritage and Environment and Central Coast Industry Connect to develop a cluster of manufacturers actively seeking to improve their sustainability. The cluster rapidly grew to include builders, developers, local government and social enterprises all keen to contribute resources to projects that sustainably enhance the local community.
Every Project is treated as a business opportunity, to be reviewed and developed for its economic, social and environmental impact. Projects with the greatest impact will be given priority of member and cluster resources. Projects are managed under a one page business planning format to allow all stakeholders to easily stay on top of the key actions to meet the relevant success metrics.
Members are required to steer the projects, providing experience, strategic insight and contacts to assist the cluster support team in implementing the project actions.
Environmentally conscious inside and out
Learn how the Mil-tek team upcycled and transformed their showroom using reusable and upcycled material.
(Mil-tek senior waste consultant)
“It’s important to me that we practice what we preach. We sell sustainable waste solutions and advocate for the environment every day, so to me
there is no alternative to being sustainable regarding our own business developments. Plus, it looks fantastic.”
Anyone wanting to reduce their waste costs and footprint should be working with Mil-tek to optimise their waste streams for efficient and cost-effective recycling.
Mil-tek’s Jason Campbell is a founding member of the Central Coast Sustainability Association (CCSA). The Association is a group of local like minded businesses that work together to build a sustainable community.
Jesper Hjortkjaer , the owner of Mil-tek Waste Solutions in New South Wales and Victoria, isn’t a
stranger to upcycling/recycling DIY projects. The idea behind the new showroom , and the reason for going above and beyond, is to lead by example, and at the same time open Mil-tek’s doors to the Central Coast business community.
A new life was given to old furniture that was destined for landfill , this included some from curb side collection and the transformation of old pallets into desks. However, the statement pieces, like the 4-meter recycled hardwood table in the meeting room, and the barn-style doors, were provided by Bib’n Brace, also a fellow founding member of CCSA.
Contact CCSA to find out more about our work on the Central Coast and how you can get involved.
Making sustainability a reality
Plate to Paddock is closing the loop on food waste in many different ways - feeding chickens is just one of them.
Local cafes and Early Learning Centres are having their food waste collected and fed to chickens. People are increasingly keen to know where food comes from and where it goes. Kids on the Central Coast are no exception.
“I love animals and I love the soil. A project like this is ticking all the right boxes for me. Helping to make things happen for businesses that are practical and fun is what I am all about. Its making sustainability a reality”
WildBlueGlobal - sustainability consultancy
There are many opportunities for food waste. If no longer fit for human consumption, straight to animals is the next best option. This is more cost effective for the business, better for the community, and much better for the environment in all sorts of ways.
Farm visits by staff and children has resulted in high engagement and a lot of enthusiasm about the project. Children especially love following the journey of food. They are very excited to go and visit the chickens where they learn all about cycles and the value of looking after our land and resources wisely.
Families and staff also have the opportunity to 'adopt a chook' where the farm looks after the chook on their behalf, they receive eggs and are invited to open days.
If you want to learn more and get involved then contact eliSabeth@platetopaddock.com.au
Watch the video on the Plate to Paddock Movement.
Elisabeth Blik is a founding member of the Central Coast Sustainability Association (CCSA).
A group of local like minded businesses working together to build a sustainable community.
A Sustainability Showcase is planned for September where you can learn more about 'Plate to Paddock' and other innovative sustainable projects happening on the Central Coast.
Contact CCSA to find out more about our work and how you can get involved.