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Recycling Industry Transition Support Grants

In early April 2018 Sustainability Victoria opened the $1 million Recycling Industry Transition Support Grants. State Government has opened two rounds of these Grants.

Grants are closed as at 6pm, Friday 8 June 2018.

Due to the high level of response to date, we will not be accepting further applications until we review the existing applications. For now, further rounds will be placed on hold. However, please feel free to register your interest to receive more information about the grants as it becomes available.

The grant recipients will be announced shortly.

If you have any queries regarding the grants, please email grants.enquiries@sustainability.vic.gov.au or phone 1300 363 744 to speak with a grants representative.

Purpose of the grants

The grants are a component of the $13 million support package for councils and the recycling industry announced by Minister D’Ambrosio on 23 February 2018.

The objective of the grants is to support Victoria’s resource recovery sector to rapidly improve its capability and capacity to recover and reprocess plastics, paper and cardboard (PPC) waste to a commercial grade, enabling supply to more local and international markets.

China’s implementation of the ‘Blue Sky’ (formerly ‘National Sword’) policy has imposed increasingly stringent requirements and quotas for waste imports. These changes have had a dramatic and immediate impact on Victorian kerbside comingled recyclable collections leading to acute challenges for councils and the local resource recovery industry.

Funding available

Grants between $50,000 to $500,000 were available to support:

  • infrastructure, equipment and process upgrades at material recovery facilities (MRFs) to support greater sorting and decontamination of PPC waste
  • infrastructure and equipment upgrades to reprocess PPC waste (e.g. shred, wash, granulate, flake, pelletise) to a commercial grade to supply domestic manufacturers and export markets
  • storage and consolidation infrastructure (e.g. sheds, temporary cover) to allow for the short-term and safe storage of recovered PPC waste, that:
    • stores PPC waste materials for no more than 12 months; and
    • has a demonstrated path to reprocessing into commercial grade product.

Recovery and reprocessing operators were encouraged to apply, including those wholly or part-owned by local government authorities, not-for-profits and social enterprises.

The grants are a merit-based application process. Approved projects must be completed within 12 months of contract signing.

Want to know more? Get in touch with:

Grants Support Representative

Sustainability Victoria

1300 363 744

grants.enquiries@sustainability.vic.gov.au