Research and Development for recovered glass fines and flexible plastics

The Research & Development Program provides grants of up to $100,000 (1:1 matched funding) for research institutes and industry to undertake collaborative research projects to develop new markets for recovered glass fines and flexible plastics.

Applications are now closed.

Seven successful recipients are currently undertaking research and development projects to increase the use of recovered glass fines and/or flexible plastics in new or existing products, or provide an opportunity for innovative processing approaches.

Research findings will be published to share opportunities to incorporate recovered glass fines and/or flexible plastics into product and process design, development, specifications and commercialisation activities across broader manufacturing industries. Final research reports are due to be completed by April 2018.

The program supports the aims of the Victorian Market Development Strategy for Recovered Resources to stimulate markets for the use of recovered resources, increase job creation, develop quality products for end markets, and increase investment in products made from recovered resources.

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Funded projects

University Industry Partner(s) Priority Material Project Title Research Project Description
Swinburne University of Technology Polytrade Glass fines (GF) and flexible plastics (FP) Recycled plastics and glass fines in concrete footpaths Investigate new blends of concrete for footpaths by incorporating FP & GF without compromising engineering standards required for its use. This project aims to reduce the carbon footprint associated with footpath construction.
Swinburne University of Technology Alex Fraser Group Glass fines Glass fines in cement treated crushed rock pavement applications Investigate the application of GF as a a) supplementary material with recycled crushed rock in cement treated bound pavement (road base) applications and b) as a rigidity reduction material when used in unbound crushed concrete/crushed rock (triple) blends.
Melbourne University PrefabAus Glass fines Application of recycled glass in lightweight concrete Investigate and develop new prefabricated building materials utilising GF to make lightweight concrete building components that do not require high strength and /or load bearing characteristics. And, investigate the use of geopolymer concrete as a replacement for Portland cement in the construction of prefabricated panels.
Monash University Integrated Recycling Pty Ltd Flexible plastics Use of plastics in railway sleepers Develop a process to test and qualify low cost alternative polymers as suitable for use in the manufacture of 'approved' railway sleepers that are produced locally, made with 100% recycled material, meet standards and are competitively priced to compete with international imports.
Monash University PQ Australia Glass fines Application of glass fines to alternative energy Undertake research to understand the heat storage potential of glass fines to store heat generated from solar collectors by assessing the heat capacity of the glass fines and the rheology of passing thermal oil through them. If the research proves successful, the project will then assess the feasibility of developing a heat storage vessel for this material.
RMIT Alex Fraser Group & Mark Douglas designs Glass fines Glass fines characterisation, cleaning and repurposing Design innovative alternative processing approaches to yield high quality glass fines and identify ‘fit-for-purpose’ applications for its use in various industries. And, overcome quality assurance / contamination issues to enable its use in advanced manufacturing substrates e.g. kitchen bench-tops, wall or roof tiles, aggregate surfaces, high temperature / strength substrates for industrial application etc.
Victoria University Polytrade Regina Glass Replas Glass fines Reprocessing glass fines as an additive to recycled plastic to enhance the plastic mechanical and fire properties Investigate how incorporating GF into recycled plastic products will provide mechanical strength for use in structural applications as an adjunct to existing recycled components such as decking. And, enhance the fire-resistant properties of recycled plastic product to enable its broader application as a building material.

Want to know more? Get in touch with:

Jean Young

Resource Recovery Strategies and Programs

03 8626 8768