CIRQUE DU SOIL

Plastics Recycled

WHAT IF USED SINGLE USE PLASTIC WRAPPERS COULD BE A RESOURCE, NOT A WASTE?

Soft plastics make easy effective packaging that keeps our food clean, safe and fresh but challenging to recycle at scale - capturing this stuff and keeping it from ending up in landfill is where the Community Waste Collectives program comes in, so it doesn't end up in landfill.


MICRO-COLLECTIONS FOR SOFT PLASTIC - LAUNCHING IN DEC 2022 

240L MACRO COLLECTIONS FOR SOFT PLASTICS

We've sourced hard for a circular outcome for soft plastics in our Circular Supplier Network, and together with our mates at Waste Ninja, we're now able to offer 240L bins for soft plastic pick ups - you can opt for a weekly, fortnightly or monthly pick up. With advanced recycling methods, all soft plastic collected is turned back into virgin material.

60L MICRO COLLECTIONS PICK UPS FOR SOFT PLASTIC - COMING SOON IN DEC 2022

Don't have that much plastic packaging to justify a 240L bin? Cirque du Soil's micro collections for soft plastic starts in Dec 2022, for the micro-hospitality business, home and office. Opt for a weekly, fortnightly or monthly pick up.

COMING SOON: A FIX FOR POST CONSUMER PLASTIC BOTTLE CAPS

We're still on the prowl for a post consumer plastic bottle cap recycler in the local area. Got a great circular product you're looking to make using this stuff? We support local manufacturers and makers to build change across our waste streams, if this sounds like you, reach out to us via our Circular Supplier enquiry page!

SKRUNCH UP YOUR SOFT PLASTICS WITH US

Our new Circular Supplier Skrunch-it is a new VIC local circular startup and have made an uber cool product that's easy to use with existing drawstring plastic or reuse bags. Made from recycled materials itself, it's tiny and doesn't take up much space but serves to enable us to collect soft plastics at home, at work, and on the go.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Why have a Community Waste Collective?
While we've become a bit of the city's top urban composting geeks over the past 3 years, while engaging with our members - we realised we kept tripping over other tricky waste streams. Food waste is connected to not just food scraps, but the serving ware and packaging that comes along with it, be it compostable coffee cups and straws, takeaway containers etc. With the single use plastic ban looming in Feb 2023, a decision was made - why can't we do more? Instead let's create a circular economy family network and work collaboratively to supercharge our social and environmental impact under one unified urban waste program.
What is a Community Waste Collective?
The community waste collectives (CWC) is a circular waste program designed to tackle common waste streams from urban businesses. The CWC program is designed with a place-based approach, where our team will help each newly onboarded member identify present day waste management practices and costs, and help form a "community waste collective" to broker access to lower pricings, decreased transportation costs, improve waste infrastructure to handle increased source separaration. Through Cirque du Soil, The collective is able to benefit from jointly develop circular tailored solutions with industry partners and local businesses.
Why are there 9 material streams?
We started with 3 streams, and 3 suppliers, and within the span of a year this has grown to 9 material streams and 16 suppliers. Closing the loop on all the waste streams we have identified is a pretty painstaking labour of love and not an overnight process. Some of our suppliers are startups, while some are established organisations. This program itself is an evolving ecosystem in itself as we find ways to meet supply and micro recycling and manufacturing demand. What we're doing is fostering new Circular products and opportunities, and with it comes new businesses to bring in as an active solution to share with our CWC members. We don't have all the solutions yet, but we're working towards it!
Who can join?
For now, all hospitality businesses in the City of Yarra can participate in our Year 1 pilot - that includes cafes, restaurants, takeaways, pubs, bars (and wine bars!), bakeries, breweries, deli's ... if you sell food we'll be there!

As our program and networks mature, it will be offered to development projects including retail, office blocks and apartments.
What does it cost?
Currently we are offering the first 10 hospitality businesses in the City of Yarra free 1 year membership to join our circular waste program. Once all the spots are filled, our membership cost is $9.90 a month (Ex GST).
Why is there a membership fee?
Your membership to our program includes bespoke consultation and your initial circular waste proposal to help your transform your business's waste practices, and supports the continual development and evolution of our circular waste initiatives, allows us to build out our team and provide on the ground training to be, on the ground (pun intended), increase awareness and knowledge of climate issues and to directly engage with communities for our street campaigns. Any profit propels our purpose for planet.
What does the phased step by step approach to the campaign window stickers mean?
Committing to 9 material streams right off the bat is a bit crazy, we know. This isn't an overnight process. So we've designed a phased step by step approach to the window sticker badging system, specific to your chosen material streams that you'd like to tackle first. Once you know you want your business to show your customers the commitment to going circular and zero waste, you will receive a base window sticker and a choice of 2-3 initial material streams. Once you've got these locked down with your team operations and want to go for more, you can roll the dice for the next material stream. Dealer's choice!
What are the benefits of becoming a CWC member?
- Access to our Circular Supplier Network pricings for cost benefits and discounts with collective purchasing power for services and products.
- Lower (not just yours, but your street's) carbon emissions by streamlining waste management logistics
- Increase team knowledge and education around zero waste and Circularity to anyone keen to learn how to go beyond just being “sustainable”
- Increase neighbourhood sharing capabilities and conversations with your trader neighbours. We help you identify the opportunities and connect you but bin sharing is unfortunately something that we don't manage.
- Map a business’s journey to circular transition and measure carbon emissions saved from being a CWC member, including economic, environmental and social impacts
- Increase your public visibility to customers with our window badging system, to show your commitment to fighting climate issues through your changing business and waste practices.
- Regular updates with the latest in circular products and services.
What is a Circular Supplier Network?
We had a dream... of creating a circular economy familia because quite honestly - waste is an epic issue and nobody mad enough should tackle this alone! We're creating a growing network of aligned and like minded purpose partners in the waste space who fit our circular supplier criteria.
What is your Circular Supplier Criteria?
Our circular supplier criteria is a set of data points and measurements designed to help assess potential and existing members of the Cirque du Soil Circular Supplier Network. We use this as a guide while working with each circular supplier network partner to understand the overall circularity of their business model, services and product/s, and to ensure alignment with the Community Waste Collective program goals.
What is the benefit of joining as a Circular Supplier?
Think of us as your outsourced community engagement team. Our goal is to:

- Build up our industry partners profiles and showcase their circular products and services.
- Weigh in on “circularity” in improvements to our business models through our circular supplier criteria assessment.
- Instead of a single business measuring individual environmental/social impact, to harness our collective impact across purpose driven Australian startups and organisations.
- We identify urban resources for local makers/manufacturers needed for the manufacturing of circular products and encourage a member buyback scheme.
Why are some of the material streams activated and some not?
We care about who our circular suppliers are and where they’re at. We also don’t have all the answers - yet. The CE community in melb is growing fast, and with CWC program framework in place, this is intentionally designed to be an evolving network of both suppliers and members collaborating to establish new micro loops for new local and circular waste initiatives. Our climate problems are not going to go away overnight, so as the circular products/services market grows, so will community interest - it's an exciting thing to watch!
What's the difference between this and the Community Compost Collective?
The Community Compost Collective is now tucked under the CWC program umbrella, to honour our origin story of our composting micro loop. Basically anyone who just wants to get started with a single material stream (or if the CWC feels a bit overwhelming) can just start with composting first - hey that's 50-60% of your bin already!

TRANSITIONING LOCAL BUSINESSES TOWARDS
A CIRCULAR WASTE ECONOMY

A collaborative industry partnered approach to waste from high streets to high rise.
Below are the Material Streams we are tackling, select the stream to see where it goes...

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READY TO TACKLE YOUR WASTE STREAMS OR JOIN OUR CIRCULAR SUPPLIER NETWORK?

Our metal program launches in 2023.

Aluminium foil + cans are the quintessential easy and infinite recyclable material, as long as it’s captured (and in some cases, not contaminated). There’s no draconian number-sorting scheme, no lids to remove, and usually the quickest of rinses serves to get them clean.

They’re bulky, large in size and consumes large amounts of space.

We use paper and cardboard in so much packaging and stacks of it still ends up in landfill, resulting in stacks of methane production, a major greenhouse gas.

When when you recycle cardboard waste and keep it free of oil and contamination, you end up saving ample amounts of water and energy and minimise trees being chopped down to get virgin material.

We support urban farming in a localised food system to future proof our cities.

Urban agriculture is a solution to many environmental problems related to food. In particular, shorter transportation distances have been associated with lower carbon footprint, food packaging and food wastage. 

We waste around 7.6 million tonnes of food across the supply and consumption chain. 

This wastage equals about 312kg per person, equivalent to around one in five bags of groceries or $2,000 to $2,500 per household per year. To stop the insanity, this is what we’re doing about it…. together.

When you toss a plastic bottle into your recycling bin, there’s no guarantee it actually gets recycled. In fact, odds are, it doesn’t. 

This is one of our key priority streams, where by using the same containers, in the same form, over and over again – it eases demand for virgin materials, reduces energy needed to spit out thousands of new plastic bottles or cardboard boxes, and prevents heaps of trash from ending up in landfills or oceans.

Our soft plastics program is available in Oct 2022.

Do something drastic & cut the plastic. Single-use plastic food packaging is a major contributor to the global solid waste problem. Although the food industry is developing strategies to reduce single-use plastic packaging, we need to better understand consumer awareness and attitudes about the issue.

Victoria’s single use plastic ban is coming! 

We’ll all be staring at our packaging with this question: “can we eat it or compost it”? Once this bans hits, we say yes to reuse first, but if all else fails then compostability is where it’s at. Not all products are created or decompose the same, and you want to use packaging that’s guaranteed to decompose into natural elements, leaving no toxicity in soil. (Say no to wannabe compostable bioplastics)

Your compostable cup or take away container should transform it into organic matter within 3 months if you save these for a compost pile! 

Cigarette butts are the world’s most littered plastic item, with around 7 billion dropped in Australia every year. In partnership with Fungi Solutions, CigCycle collected cigarette butts will undergo a Myco-Remediation program (mushrooms, FYI) at their Thornbury myco-facility for research and development for new circular materials.

Of the glass recycled in Australia, 85% is made back into glass containers.

Glass is infinitely recyclable, when it’s not broken. Broken glass can become a contaminant if it’s mixed in with cardboard and paper. We advocate for a glass only recyclable bin to keep the circular glass economy going.