• Reduce Waste, Generate Jobs, Create Income

    Central Coast

    Sustainability Association

  • 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."

    Helen Keller

    About us

    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:

    • Reduce waste and improve profitability
    • Engage and support the local community 
    • Utilise our collective people, equipment and networks
    • Raise awareness and business profile of our members

    In order to provide real outcomes and work effectively we will:

    • Identify and aggregate resources that are currently being wasted
    • Convert different waste streams to new opportunities and uses, which reduces costs, creates business sustainability and improves profitability
    • Promote projects and members that achieve sustainable outcomes
    • Educate members on effective project management practices
    • Support  members through dedicated staff and funding to free them to focus on their organisational development.

    Tools

    As a member of the group you will have access to:

    • Project Support - dedicated resources for projects identified by members to ensure an outcome including potential funding on project by project basis
    • Education - newsletters, press releases and social media management of member achievements to ensure community engagement
    • Recognition - a star rating system that recognises membership achievement and provides a level of accountability for contribution
    • Commitment - Different levels of membership to better reflect levels of commitment.
    • Data - Members will have access to data collected in their area on the volumes and type of resources that are available for reuse.

    Membership

    Membership is open to all organisations and individuals that are committed to operating sustainably.

     

    Register your interest in joining the group and a member of our team will be in touch soon.

     

    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.

     

    Origin

    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.

     

    Project Management

    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. 

     

  • Contact Us

    Please complete the form below and we will respond as soon as possible.

    3/6 Hereford st, Berkeley vale
    +61 418823023
  • Sharing Our Success Stories

    Learn more about local sustainable businesses and initiatives

    07/08/2020

    WildBlueGlobal are approved waste assessors to deliver the Bin Trim program. This provides businesses with free waste assessments and direction and support to help them recycle better

    31/07/2020

    Bib 'n Brace make doors and furniture from timber that would otherwise go to landfill.

    10/07/2020

    Plate to Paddock is closing the loop on food waste in many different ways - feeding chickens is just one of them.

    26/06/2020

    Learn how the Mil-tek team upcycled and transformed their showroom using reusable and upcycled material.

  • Sustainability Success Stories

    Environmentally conscious inside and out

    Learn how the Mil-tek team upcycled and transformed their showroom using reusable and upcycled material.

    Photo of Jesper Hjortkjaer

    Jesper Hjortkjaer

    (Mil-tek owner)

    Photo of Jason Campbell

    Jason Campbell

    (Mil-tek senior waste consultant)

    Camilla Hjortkjaer

    (Mil-tek owner)

    Mil-tek showroom - recycling bins

    The Danish waste management company

    Mil-tek Waste Solutions has invested in a new impressive upcycled showroom on the Central Coast of New South Wales.

    “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.”

      Jesper Hjortkjaer

     

    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.

     

  • Sustainability Success Stories

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    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.

    photo of a girl with a chicken
    Elisabeth with a chicken and a boy
    girl with a chicken

    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”

     

    Elisabeth Blik
    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.

     

  • Sustainability Success Stories

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    Closing the loop - recycling timber

    Bib 'n Brace make doors and furniture from timber that would otherwise go to landfill

    Elisabeth with a chicken and a boy
    girl with a chicken

    Bib’n Brace, a manufacturer of doors and furniture from timber that would otherwise be going to waste from demolition sites has closed the loop. Now recycling its waste by sending its timber waste to DR Henderson who manufacture particle board from that waste which Bib’n Brace then use to make more recycled timber products at a reduced cost and with greater dimensional stability than they were able to achieve with solid timber.

    “We save local timber that's now used and used again, expanding the trees life to create solid and beautiful doors & furniture. Our aim is to capture as much of this valuable resource as possible in order to prevent needless waste "

     

    Bruce Cottrill Owner of Bib 'n Brace

    Timber is a renewable resource with an inherent value. Most tree’s ready for harvest are worth a little over $100 each to the forest owner, but when logged, dried and processed into timber or fibre are worth from $230/Tonne as wood chip to $1000/Tonne as sawn timber or raw chipboard.

     

    Somewhere in that range is a sweet spot where waste timber recovery cost is lower than new timber processing. DR Henderson, an Australian manufacturer of timber board products have been working for 30 years to develop that sweet spot and are recovering as much “waste” timber as they can process to include in their particleboard products.

     

    Bruce Cotterill is a founding member of the
    Central Coast Sustainability Association (CCSA).

    A group of local like minded people working together to build a sustainable community.

     

    The Sustainability Business Showcase is being hosted at Bib 'n Brace on the 18/19th of September - Here can learn more about successful sustainable businesses on the Central Coast.

     

    Contact CCSA to find out more about our work and how you can get involved.

     

  • Sustainability Success Stories

    Bin Trim - Recycle better with free waste assessments

    photo of Coast Valley Oil

    Photo of Bin Trim recipient - Coast and Valley Oil, Berkley Valley

    photo - The Good Bits Food

    Photo of Bin Trim recipient - The Good Bits Food Co, Gosford

    WildBlueGlobal are approved waste assessors to deliver the Bin Trim program. This provides businesses with free waste assessments and direction and support to help them recycle better. An assessment also opens the opportunity to apply for a rebate (up to $50,000) for equipment to help facilitate this process.

     

    “ I like seeing entrepreneurial and innovative solutions get off the ground when there's a good business case. It takes guts to kick something off and get going, so I like to see this rewarded and supported wherever possible”

     

    Elisabeth Blik
    WildBlueGlobal - sustainability consultancy

    To learn more contact elisabeth@wildblueglobal.com.au

    In the last round of Bin Trim many local businesses were able to take advantage of this program. WildBlueGlobal secured about $200,000 worth of rebates for businesses as well as pointing them in the direction of other government assistance to the value of over $300,000. Bin Trim is a Waste Less Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

     

    One of recipients was Coast and Valley Oil (Berkley Vale) who recycle oil. Oil filter cartridges are a real problem for many mechanics. Installation of a process to separate metal, oil and paper components is almost complete. Through significant investment of their own, they will soon be able to accept used oil filters which previously could only be sent to specific landfills.

     

    Similarly, The Good Bits Food Co in Gosford have managed to halve their waste going to landfill. By better recycling awareness and practices, as well as finding an outlet for their spent grinds and food waste, their waste skip is more than half its previous weight. And staff have really got on board with their sustainability initiatives, making for a great working environment.

     

    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.

     

    The Sustainability Business Showcase is planned for 18/19th of September - you can learn more about 'Bin Trim' 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.

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