Resource recovery infrastructure fund

Tyre processing plant

The $13.6 million Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund aims to support the development of infrastructure which improves the collection and processing of recycled materials. The program seeks innovative projects that will increase jobs in the resource recovery industry while also increasing the recovery of priority materials.

We are seeking projects which target organics, rigid and soft plastics, and e-waste as priority materials. Projects addressing the future resource recovery infrastructure opportunities identified in the Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plans will also be supported. Projects must be completed by 31 March 2021.

Round 2 - Expressions of Interest have now closed. 

Round 2 has up to $5 million in grants available for projects based in non-metropolitan Melbourne and dealing with waste from that region. Rural and regional councils and private enterprises with projects in non-metropolitan Melbourne are able to apply for Round 2 funding of between $40,000 and $500,000 for infrastructure development. Infrastructure can be for collection, sorting or processing.

Round 3, which will support projects across the state, is expected to be released mid 2018.

Round 1 - Applications for Round 1 have closed

Round 1 funded 14 projects first, all of them managing waste from metropolitan Melbourne.  Supported projects are listed below.

The projects have received $5.1million between them to recover 17,000 tonnes of plastics; 3,500 tonnes of food organics; 100,000 tonnes of end-of-life tyres; 100,000 tonnes of timber; and reduce landfilling by over 200,000 tonnes each year. Ninety jobs are also being created.

Round 1 Funded Projects

Round 1 funded 14 projects first, all of them managing waste from metropolitan Melbourne.  Supported projects are listed below.

Applicant Project Name Project description Amount of funding
Reground Pty Ltd Coffee Grounds and Flexible Plastic Recycling Expansion Infrastructure to allow an expansion of the collection of spent coffee grounds from retail and manufacturing venues. Also instituting a concurrent flexible plastics recycling collection. $40,000
Van Schaik's Bio Gro Pty Ltd – Timber Waste Recovery Timber Waste Resource Recovery Project Establishment a waste timber drop off recovery facility. The facility will receive up to 200,000 tonnes p.a. of waste timber. $427,000
Knox Transfer Station Pty Ltd as The trustee for Knox Transfer Station Trust Knox Transfer Station (KTS) Process Engineered Fuel (PEF) KTS Recycling will establish a Process Engineered Fuel manufacturing facility at the Knox Transfer Station. $459,000
Polytrade Pty Ltd Polytrade Dandenong Mixed Glass Fines Processing Project This project will install machinery to colour sort and clean the 3-8mm fraction into 22,000 tonnes per annum of saleable products. $500,000
Miabella Enterprises Pty Ltd ITF The A and J Spiteri Family Trust (EPlastics) Recovery of Expanded Polystyrene and Rigid Plastics Project This project will enable E Plastics to expand its services to include polystyrene (both expanded and high impact) and rigid plastics. $66,499
Recycling Solutions (Vic) Pty Ltd Advanced recycling of flexible plastic by polymer type Recycling Solutions aim to increase the diversion of flexible plastic from landfill by over 10,000 tpa through the development of an advanced recycling facility. $500,000
Polymeric Powders Company Pty Ltd Production of tyre crumb derived composite material Creating tyre crumb derived Polymeric Powder from end-of-life tyres for use in the large volume irrigation pipes and sewerage pipes markets. $121,000
Melton City Council Melton Recycling Facility Upgrade Upgrade Melton Recycling Facility $391,500
Yarra City Council Closing the Loop on Yarra's Food Waste Yarra City Council will provide a kerbside food waste collection service to 5,000 residents to recover and process 910 tonnes of priority materials at a local in-vessel composting facility. $500,000
Future Metals Recyclers Melbourne Pty Ltd Upgrade Cardinia Transfer Station Upgrade of the Cardinia Transfer Station. $500,000
460 Cooper Street Developments Pty Ltd Washing Plant 460 Cooper Street Establish a state of the art washing facility which will utilise best practise technologies in the processing of typically untreatable waste streams currently being sent to landfill. $500,000
Repeat Plastics Australia Pty Ltd (Replas) Recycling plant expansion Purchase and install new proven re-processing equipment to allow the recycling more post-consumer waste. $379,100
Westall Road Resource Recovery Pty Ltd Westall Road Resource Recovery Pty. Ltd. Development of a new resource recovery centre at Westall Road Springvale which will focus on green and wood waste, recoverable hard waste, construction and demolition waste and recyclables. $237,500
Red Horizon Pty Ltd Enrich360 Onsite Food Organic Waste Recovery Program Installation of 18 food organic dehydration units to restaurants, hospitals and similar facilities to allow waste to be collected and then turned into compost. $500,000

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